I enjoyed this more than the first in the series which is unusual for me. Usually the second book becomes dull or like a filler book but this one wasI enjoyed this more than the first in the series which is unusual for me. Usually the second book becomes dull or like a filler book but this one was filled with action, character development, heartache, battles, shape shifting and some major twists and turns!
Nym is a favourite character of mine and though you want to yell at her on several occasions, the fact she messes up makes her all the more human to me. Perfect protagonists are about as unrealistic as you can get. So yeh Nym!
The romance isn't as in your face (though i thought there'd be none at all given the last books cliffhanger), it's subtle and clever and plays a deeper role in the story, though fans of the first book wont be disappointed.
On a brilliantly positive note this book is nowhere near as depressing as its predecessor (yeh!) and actually has a positive cliffhanger. I was so thrilled because I think the wait would have done me in lol
Wow. I'm kinda annoyed I read this as a pre-release as now I have to wait even longer for the final part in the series.
I loved this book a lot but notWow. I'm kinda annoyed I read this as a pre-release as now I have to wait even longer for the final part in the series.
I loved this book a lot but not quite as much as the first, probably because of two reasons. One, I missed the romance between Arin and Kestrel. Two, I found some of the political intrigue was dragged out a bit too long. But that may be me being picky and that is down to my individual taste. The writing, as always, is exquisite.
I'm not normally one for politics, games and wars but there's something truly addicting in this story that pulls you along. It was confusing, very confusing in parts, but the pieces fall together by the end of the book.
Despite my criticism of the lack of romance, the Kestrel/Arin relationship is very there and very tense, but the softer moments that I enjoyed were missing (though for mostly good reasons). To say this book is heart wrenching is an understatement. It will rip your heart out, stamp on it and then run it over with a four-by-four just for good measure.
I've never known a story to have so many interwoven threads and betrayals and so many two faced characters! The amount of shock value within these pages is ridiculous. I'd get over one thing and be hit with another. I have to give it to Marie, I did not see the underlying conspiracy or the plans the emperor has set into motion. He's a cruel and sadistic person (and no that isn't a spoiler, it's pretty clear from the beginning of the book)
Arin frustrated me at times, his anger blinds him to the truth a lot and Kestrel was equally infuriating at times and I sometimes wanted to bang their heads together.
As for the end? Yes, it's a cliffhanger, but one that suggests hope. And if Arin and Kestrel aren't together by the end of the final book. I will cry. And if you're reading this Marie, I mean literally cry. sob.
Anyway, go and read this trilogy. It's amazing....more
I don't review as much as I used to since I went back to work but I feel in the case of this book that I really should. Some authors really deserve toI don't review as much as I used to since I went back to work but I feel in the case of this book that I really should. Some authors really deserve to be shouted about, and this is one of them.
I'll start by saying that I had never heard of the author before, at all, it was the gory heart that drew me in (so what? I'm a weirdo and it stood out). I love creepy, gory books about zombies and that picture coupled with the title really made me take a chance.
It often amazes me how some authors get more famous or well known than other, especially since Bellingeri is one of those authors who manages to write a dark, twisted and scary story but with a humorous edge to it. I loved the characters (apart from lindsay lol) and the romance between Rachel and Cage, though very perfectly written, did not eclipse the terror of the main zombie theme.
I think more people should read this book. It's amazing. I counted one mistype in the whole book. one! This is one well-written and one well-edited book . The plot is absorbing, funny, tragic, romantic and just damn well gory in all the right places. And I challenge anyone not to like Nicky, that guy is a legend!...more
I would like to thank net galley for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this! I wasn't too sold on Half bad because I waI would like to thank net galley for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this! I wasn't too sold on Half bad because I wasn't used to the writing style or the characters. Now that I'm familiar with both I was able to just go with the flow of the story and I loved it.
If you weren't shipping Nathan and Gabriel by the end of the last book then you will be the end of this one. So much happens in this book, but not in the usual sense. It isn't action packed from start to finish but that didn't detract from the the enjoyment of the book and it was very character based.
Nathan and Gabriel to me are very anti-hero kind of hero's and so is Marcus to an extent. I'm aware of some of the stuff they do but it doesn't seem inherently evil. It's hard to explain, unless you read it.
This book introduces some new and amazing characters as well as taking some twists with the old ones. And I now hate some characters that I originally liked.
As for the ending. Don't even get me started on it. I did not see it coming but I am now desperate to find out what happens next....more
Ok, so initially I liked this book. I wasn't annoyed with the multiple perspectives or some of the drastic dystopian laws or even the world building.Ok, so initially I liked this book. I wasn't annoyed with the multiple perspectives or some of the drastic dystopian laws or even the world building. These things were brilliant. So why do you ask, did I give this three stars? Simply put the characters are selfish deluded idiots for the most part. I get it I really do that being in love makes you do dumb things (hell, I've been there, I have) but these people take the cake, and the ice-cream and the chocolate sauce with a side of biscuits!
The most confusing thing is there is an element of selflessness intertwined with the selfishness Like when (view spoiler)[Glass names the wrong person as the father of her dead child to save the love of her life (hide spoiler)] I mean I get why she did it, but it was cruel, even if the other guy was a douche.
By the end the only characters I gave a crap about were Bellamy and Clarke mainly because there selfless actions were selfless completely, no selfishness and I connected most with these two characters because they were by far the most relatable in a humans sense.
The dystopian plot itself though was amazing. I liked the idea of a recovered earth and the experiences that the 100 feel when they get there. Like the first time they feel rain or feel gravity for the first time. I loved the cliffhanger too and despite my anguish at the characters I will read the sequel in the hopes the characters learn a it from their mistakes *rolls eyes doubtfully*
My other issue is nothing to do with the book but its adaptation to TV I hope this was meant to be loosely based on the book because according to my sister there's a main character missing. facepalm. ...more
Wow. So on the whole I really really loved this book because it was original, clever, had a wonderful supporting cast of characters and a likable leadWow. So on the whole I really really loved this book because it was original, clever, had a wonderful supporting cast of characters and a likable lead who isn't a one dimension idiot (always a plus).
The main character Nym reminded me strongly of Yelena from Maria V Snyder's Poison study series, and I mean that as the best compliment ever because Yelena is kick-ass. Both women are strong and yet have suffered greatly and still learning a lot from life.
My only one flaw with the novel was the amount of new stuff thrust upon me as the reader. There's a lot of world building and so many new terms I got lost a few times. I think the book could have been a bit longer in order to be a bit more explanatory and it wouldn't have made the plot suffer.
The romance is artfully done and not over-powering like some romances are and it doesn't eclipse the main story-line. If you're a fan of a good cliff-hanger, sweeping fantasy, romance and magic (and you're not afraid to get your heart trampled on) then definitely ass this to your to-read list.
Big thanks to Netgalley and the author for allowing me a copy to review....more
Woah. I read this in a day and I loved every second of it (if by loved you mean scared crapless and left horrified). I first heard the Bloody Mary LegWoah. I read this in a day and I loved every second of it (if by loved you mean scared crapless and left horrified). I first heard the Bloody Mary Legend when I watched an episode of Supernatural and it freaked me out then (I wouldn't look in a mirror properly until the morning)and I've always been curious about the legend.
This pretty much sticks to the bones of the legend but with a modern twist to it with a differing version of the summoning and the way Mary tortured and kills her victims. It's creepy and in some respects has a sense of hopelessness because how an earth can you stop something that is already dead?
The main character, Shauna goes through a lot and I especially felt bad for Kitty as well. I despised Jess by the end of the book and I was glad of the outcome of the book and the way it's been left open for another book. There's quite a few shocks and the plot manages to twist despite the legend being well known.
Ultimately, this is a well told horror story with just the right amount of teen drama, mystery and gore. But I do warn you, unlike some YA horror novels this had hardly any laughs at all. Any more descriptive and gruesome and i feel this would have to be classed as adult. But that's just my opinion. Anyway, A great read. ...more
Ah the only downside to having read this through Netgalley is that I have to wait even longer for book three. That ending is going to bug me for monthAh the only downside to having read this through Netgalley is that I have to wait even longer for book three. That ending is going to bug me for months so I'm begging you Mr Stroud, please please get book three out soon!
Anyway, this book is amazing and just as good as it's predeccesor, which is rare. Most sequels struggle to hit the same level as amazingness as the first in a series, but this one does just brilliantly.
We see the progression of Lucy, Lockwood's and George's friendship as the series progresses, as people open up a bit more and I was glad to learn a lot more about Lockwood (although a lot of his past is still shrouded). I mean this with the utmost respect when I say Lockwood reminds me of the character Skulduggery from Derek Landy's books. I don't mean in the sense that Lockwood is thin as a rail, but in there mysterious aura and tone of humor. I'm interested to see where the relationship between Lockwood, George and Lucy goes from here especially with the reveal at the end.
I liked the mystery in this book a lot too. It kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing all the time. The whispering skull mystery had me very creeped out and I really want to know more about these Type 3 entities. As for the creepy mirror? Don't even get me started. I'm surprised I did't have nightmares.
Is the book funny? Very much so. I've never known characters in a book make so many jokes in the face of death. This is another of those books I will put in the category 'Do not read on the bus unless you want to be put in a lunatic asylum for laughing to yourself' (it's a very long winded title, i'm trying to shorten it)
To summarise: Loved it. Hurry up book three! ...more
This series is easily one of my favourites and the voice actor for the audio book is amazing and and I listen to it in bed at night (yes I know, listeThis series is easily one of my favourites and the voice actor for the audio book is amazing and and I listen to it in bed at night (yes I know, listening to a zombie horror book in bed is asking for trouble sleeping, what can I say, I'm weird).
I read this in paperback first though because I didn't have the patience to sit and listen to a first read like I did with the first book. I couldn't wait to find out what had become of my now favourite characters.
I'm not going to lie, I felt the absence of Smitty for the first half of the book as him and Bobby are my favourite two-some, though admittedly there were enough Alice-isms to make up for it. The best part is the author seems to be able to write funny things without any effort. I haven't laughed so much in since I read 'Undead' with the fuzzy zombie carrot.
It was great to see Bobby really acting on her own in this book and she really is a kick-ass heroine. I love the way she takes no nonsense and yet when it comes to Smitty she can behave pretty girly. The best part? She spends a third of the book running around with no trousers on. It was so funny. But at least it was realistic. I mean you're not gonna refuse to escape a building full of zombies just because you're stuck wearing your knickers!
I will cry if there isn't another book. The ending wasn't like the last where the cliffhanger left you dying inside, but it was enough to make me think about what happens next. I'm begging Kirsty McKay to write another one because I want more Bobby/smitty banter, more Alice blonde humor and Pete's geekiness! ...more
This had a promising start and I was thoroughly creeped out (which I guess was kinda the point). The thing that bugged me was the ending. I kept thinkThis had a promising start and I was thoroughly creeped out (which I guess was kinda the point). The thing that bugged me was the ending. I kept thinking there should be more. I guess that it was meant to end like that but I didn't like it.
I get that life does go on and it doesn't have a perfect ending but the lack of closure and explanation bugged me. Why were some people topping themselves and others just sitting down and dying peacefully? What caused it in the first place? I just didn't see the point to the story. Maybe I missed something.
However, I can't deny that despite the lack of closure and explanation the author is an exceptional writer. The book read fluently with no hiccups and I loved the atmosphere and descriptions, so I will happily read more of this books just to see what else he's written. I recognise a good writer when I read one, and this guy is talented....more