It's taken me a while to write this review because of various personal issues but here goes! I loved this book to bits! I found this to be a rare and...moreIt's taken me a while to write this review because of various personal issues but here goes! I loved this book to bits! I found this to be a rare and wonderful piece of escapism that sucked me in from beginning to end. As if the story line wasn't enough to draw me in; the descriptions of Niemela and the Mer people made it even better.
Florence was an inspirational character and I felt I could relate to her a lot, It was very easy to imagine how it would feel to be in the background to then be thrown literally in the deep end without any warning (please pardon the terrible sea related pun) I loved reading about her relationship with Rolan; my personal favourite of the two brothers and I can't wait to see how their relationship progresses in the sequel (something I will most definitely reading, i might add).
Filled with action, a bit of mystery, romance and one of my favourite mythical creatures of all time I knew this book would be a fantastic read before I even picked it up and I have to thank the author for giving me the chance to read it. I am currently hounding my sister to read it and now I'm harassing everyone reading this to read it too.
If you love your books filled with mer-folk, strong female leads, with a well thought out plot and romance then this is definitely a book for you and I highly recommend reading it. The writing style is fantastic and at no point (I promise you) will you get bored whilst reading this, something that I find is rare in books today.
I'm dying to read another book in this series, especially after reading this one because the Lacey chronicles just keep getting better and better with...moreI'm dying to read another book in this series, especially after reading this one because the Lacey chronicles just keep getting better and better with each installment! The one major thought I had while reading this was: 'Why can't I find a guy who will write romantic verses that I can see from my window?' It may be the truth that romance isn't alive in present day, or it may not. But the romance is definitely alive in this fantastic example of Historical Romance and I think I fancy Mr Turner (yet another character crush to add to my growing list)
It isn't just the romance that makes these books amazing, but also the attention grabbing description of the period in which the story is set; it is incredibly and masterfully detailed. Whether it's the dress designs, the way people acted, the prejudices or just the relationships, there is a lot to be learned about the 1580's in this book and I'm sure it'll stick in my brain a lot longer than if I'd learned it in my history class (not that we studied this time period much)
Mercy and Kit seem to be a typical example of forbidden love but with a lot more excitement and, by the end, with a lot more at stake. The last 100 pages or so had me reading so fast I lost track of time, which is always a good sign when reading a book. Some people will argue that these sorts of books are predictable, but I disagree, there is nothing you can predict in this story even if you're certain Mercy and Kit will get their happily ever after, and there are enough twists and turns to keep even the most cynical reader guessing.
If you like your historical romances with humour, fun, drama and some peril (and home made cooking) then this is definitely going to be an awesome read for you :)(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)
It's taken me a while to write this because i've been so busy with work and various other things. It goes to show that it made such an impact on me tha...moreIt's taken me a while to write this because i've been so busy with work and various other things. It goes to show that it made such an impact on me that i can still make a very clear and precise recollection on which to write my review.
Soulless is at a basic level, a zombie novel but there's a lot more to it than the generic dead creatures feeding off the flesh of the living, and for once there's a reason for it (instead of, oh yeh, i'm a zombie, i should therefore eat people) In Soulless the dead are a result of a seance gone wrong (or so the main characters suspect) and they all start clambering out of their graves and trying to find their loved ones, attacking and feeding on anyone in their path.
There two major things that made this novel stand out among all other zombie novels, and the first was the timeline. The amount of destruction and death that occurs is quite overwhelming, even more so when u realise that all this occurs in a day. Not a week, not a month and no where near a year. To me this made the disaster even more profound because anything that can change humanity and our way of living in less than 24 hours is a truly tragic event.
Secondly, the actual zombies themselves were different, some of which were so intelligent it was heartbreaking to witness them destroyed, and must have been even harder for the characters themselves. One of the most profound scenes in the novel was the part with Sara and her dad because one of the most frightening aspects was that without souls, all thats left of the dead are memories and thoughts, any warm humanity is gone. As a result, some of the dead characters say some truly hauntingly awful things to people they cared about while alive.
With regards to the characters i found myself truly amazed by there capabilities, and equally horrified in some cases. And i found it fascinating to see how different people responded to the tragedy. Some of the so called weaker people seemed to cope better than the stronger ones. And some just lost it altogether and were all for doing anything (including murder) to stop the end, even without knowing the true cause.
In conclusion, this is a trully horrifying and breathtaking addition to the zombie genre that will have you thiking about it for ages after you finish reading it. The ending is truly amazing and i never saw it ending the way it did. The main issue for me though, when all was said and done, was what does it mean to be human? because after seeing how some people behave in the face of tragedy, i think human is a descriptive word thrown around all to easily.(less)
Of all the books i've read recently, this book sparkles the most. It's entertaining, sexy, beautifully written and enchantingly like a fairy tale.
I fo...moreOf all the books i've read recently, this book sparkles the most. It's entertaining, sexy, beautifully written and enchantingly like a fairy tale.
I found i was really able to sympathise with Katie, she's not much older than me and also unlucky in love (so i found the ending to this hopeful for myself as well lol) so it was very easy to relate to her. Jorlan on the other had i hated at first, i think i described him as a sexist pig within the first 50 pages or so, which is a record for me. I really hate sexism so everytime he made a comment about week women i wanted to punch him (which is impossible because he's fictional!)
Once i got past all that though, i have to admit i slowly fell for Jorlan, as he learnt more about the world and how different woman can be, he slowly changed and stopped being such a prat (i was going to use a more coarse word but thought i'd be putting this on my blog and kids might read it!). He is the perfect guy by about half way though the book and the way he treats Katie is a fantasy from every girls dreams, i was reading it thiking, now why can't that happen to me?
The sci-fi part of it, was done perfectly, not to complex yet enough to distinguish this book from among your usual romances. The plot outside the romance was important yet not too complex and there was a lot more to love than just between Jorlan and Katie, and all sorts of relationships. There was even a bit of redemptive love for one of the characters, and by the end i couldn't even hate the bad guy. For a few minutes i thought it was going to be a sad ending, but it was an ending like i hadn't quite read before, rather unusual in any case.
Anyways i loved it soooooo much! Full five stars!(less)
This book is simply short and sweet. At only roughly 196 pages for the actual story it has to be one of the shortest i've read, and i would have loved...moreThis book is simply short and sweet. At only roughly 196 pages for the actual story it has to be one of the shortest i've read, and i would have loved to have had more backstory about some of the characters, but that is my only complaint.
I loved this, the characters were relatable, the plot was engaging and it ended on a fantastic cliffhanger, so much so i want the sequel now. Despite being short, a surprising amount happens, and as the reader i found myself breathless as event after event took place, and i couldn't help but really feel for the situation that Breena finds herself in.
The romance is beautifully told and i loved how the relationships developed over the course of the book, and despite the sheer number of romances i've read, this one really touched heart. There was something beautiful and innocent about it that i couldn't let go of :-)
Anyways, stunning story and brilliantly written, can't wait for the next in the series.(less)
Wow, this book is just so amazing and i just spent the whole evening finishing it. In honesty, i was having a bit of a book downer recently, and the l...moreWow, this book is just so amazing and i just spent the whole evening finishing it. In honesty, i was having a bit of a book downer recently, and the last couple i've tried to read have failed to catch my attention. However, on a whim late last night, i downloaded Forgive My Fins to my Kindle and i am so glad i did.
Ok, so the writing style is full of Ocean related humour and there are some truly cringe worthy moments, but isn't that what being a teen in love is like? The only difference is that Lily is a mermaid and in a case of mistaken identity accidentally kisses the annoying boy next door instead of the guy she's crushing on from the swim team.
Yes, i know this all sounds a little cliche, but there is a lot more depth to this book that you'll initially realise (No pun intended!) If i'm honest, i really loved Quince from the beginning, he was such an original character and so wonderfully charming and patient. The lessons that he and Lily learn through there 'mistake' are pretty big and the outcome was fantastic. The chemistry between them was like electricity and i couldn't help but get a bit frustrated with Lily for how blind she was for most of the novel. But then that's something we probably all experience at some time and by becoming in love with an idea we essentially become blinded to the 'real thing'.
I found the relationship between Lily and her father to be unique as well. It's all to easy in fiction these days for someone to use the 'Duty before heart' storyline, and it made a change to have a King that was a bit more heartfelt as opposed to cold and dutiful. And the fact she called him daddy was sweet as opposed to annoying as it might have been.
My favourite part though? it was the witty dialogue between Lily and Quince, especially that part in the bathroom stall. Just hilarious. And to top it all off, a lesson in love that even adults can learn from if they put their minds to it!(less)
OMG! I know that is not the usual way to start a review but i don't know how else to start it, because this book was a truly amazing read. It was my d...moreOMG! I know that is not the usual way to start a review but i don't know how else to start it, because this book was a truly amazing read. It was my day off work yesterday and i haunted two different coffee shops in Canterbury in order to stop and read this throughout the day. I then spent the evening in bed reading this non-stop, it was that good! Anyway, onto the actual story...
The Iron Queen begins where The Iron Daughter left off. Meghan and Ash are in exile following their banishment from King Oberon and Queen Mab and are about to visit Meghan's family when they are attacked by Iron Fey completely out of the blue, and they are forced to go into hiding in order to stay alive long enough to think of a way to stop the Iron Fey. As i knew from the last installment, there is a false king on the Iron throne and the Iron realm is spreading fast, and before long Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grim find themselves in a war that will have devastating affects for everyone.
The plot itself was complex, twisting and took me by surprise at every turn. There was honestly never a dull moment throughout and i found myself turning the pages at super speed in order to find out happens next. I'm going to be honest and say that unlike the previous two books i found myself in tears at two different points in this book and for two different reasons. It is most definitely the sign of a well written emotional book when i start crying and can't stop for a good while, and i most definitely needed the tissues. I'm not going to post any spoilers because i don't want to spoil any of the plot for anyone so with regards to the content of the novel, all i am going to say is that there were multiple surprises throughout and i was left stunned on several occasions and ultimately shocked by the turn of events. One particular thing i will share is that there is a lot more learned of Ash's past, the past of the faerie realm in general and of Meghan's 'father', but i am not going to go into detail, so i apologise for those looking for spoilers :-)
There is a lot of character development in this book and Meghan herself perhaps did the most developing which, by the end was needed as she had some very tough choices to make. Honestly, after going through some pretty rough times with Meghan throughout the books, i felt very proud of her by the end of this book. I doubt i could make the difficult choices she had to make, and make the right ones. It was also interesting to see another side to Ash who surprisingly has a beautiful carefree and softer side when he allows it to show. His feelings for Meghan ultimately spurred him into most of his actions and i loved some of the things he did for her, and the things he was willing to sacrifice for her.
Puck is also another person to show another side of himself in this book, and it was interesting to sometimes see his non-jokey side for a change. His devotion to Meghan, despite the fact she choose Ash over him in the previous novel, is still very strong and incredibly selfless. Grim also makes his usual timely appearances, and i love his dry wit, i can't help but laugh at Grim's opinions and plans. That Cait Sith is truly a genius and i love the part he plays. Not to mention, there are also moments when he is just a very very cute cat and i love the fact that one minute he's the wise smart-ass Fae and the next he's a fluffy cat looking for attention. As well as all the older characters, some new ones make an appearance including Razor (who is just adorable and i love him to bits) and Glitch (who grew on me after the first encounter) both of which play pretty important parts when it comes to the ending.
I can't say much more without giving away the plot. I will say that you will be surprised when the false iron king is revealed, i was left stunned, it certainly wasn't something i suspected in any way, and i was even more surprised by what Meghan had to do to fight. This book is scary, emotional, beautiful, romantic and the most powerful book about sacrifice and difficult choices that i have read in a long time. A truly wonderful read that will leave you longing to read the next in the series; The Iron Knight, just to find out how things unfold, and believe me you will really really want to know what happens next!(less)
Having read a lot of meaningful/serious books recently, i was more that in need of a bit of pure fantasy/romance, and this did not disappoint. Yes, the...moreHaving read a lot of meaningful/serious books recently, i was more that in need of a bit of pure fantasy/romance, and this did not disappoint. Yes, there was still a bit of gore and a lot of war, but overall this was an enjoyable to read adventure, designed to make use of every ounce of the imagination.
The characters were beautifully described in a depth that made them come to life on the pages, and their personal development and change was cleverly and subtly written as the novel progressed. I especially loved Jeniah and Kai. The former of which goes from shy, unsure princess to strong, confident woman by the end of the novel. Kai was also a complicated character, and watching him go from closed and shielded to open and honest was one of the highlights of the novel. I also would rate this in my top ten favourite love stories of all time, as it was so beautifully told and so earnest, without reading like an old fashioned cliche.
There are some parts the might disturb some readers, but there aren't many and none to graphic compared to some novels that i've read, and they are all necessary to the plot. Despite the fact that in some cases i tend to find a sprawling and lengthy love/fantasy story a bit repetitive, there was something about Donna's writing and the pace at which events happened that i found perfect.
I really can't fault this book, it's romantic, original, beautifully written, funny at times and has a breathtaking and pacy story. I think i'm definately going to look out for more books by this author!(less)
I have mixed feelings about this book because it had me up and down in my opinion of it like a rollercoaster. Rather than end on a down note, i'm going...moreI have mixed feelings about this book because it had me up and down in my opinion of it like a rollercoaster. Rather than end on a down note, i'm going to explain the drop in one level of rating at the beginning of my review. The main reason for this was simply because around the middle of the novel nothing seemed to be happening. To me, it became a lot like a backwards and forwards love story (girl wants boy, girl tries to stay away from boy, girl again ends up near boy, then, oh dear, i must stay away from boy) it got a bit tedious. However, this did even out in the end, hence the loss of only one level of rating and not more.
Right now that that's done, i'll explain myself a little more as to why i actually liked the book (that's if you've put up with my babbling so far and still want to read further) Firelight is about a species known as Draki (who are the descendants of dragons) and they all tend tp have special gifts such as fire breather, super strength, ability to find gemstones etc. There major gift though is the ability to manifest into human form as there ultimate disguise.. Jacinda is a young Draki and in an act of rebellion she and her friend Azure decide to fly in daylight. They narrowly escape being hunted but as a result, Jacinda, her sister Tamra and her mother have to flee to avoid what the pride might do to Jacinda for breaking the rules.
Up until this point it's all action and then we have the love story that starts with a fellow pupil at her new school called Will, who for reasons that become obvious, is not the ideal person for her (i won't post any spoilers here though) As i've already mentioned, my main gripe was the dragged out centre part of the novel, but there were other wonderful things throughout that kept me reading. One of these things was how different the actual story was. Yes, there was a major focus on the romance, but the reason for the romance initially starts out different. It isn't a case of boy meets girl. It's very hard to describe, but you'll understand it better if you read it.
Event wise, there are multiple twists and turns throughout and last few chapters were purely exilirating and non-stop, resulting in a cliff-hanger that made me feel there were pages missing at the end of the book! And i have to wait for the sequel to discover what happens...shocking!
On a character basis, i do have major sympathy for Jacinda. She's very hard on herself and keeps referring to herself as selfish for ruining Tamra's new life. But in my opnion, Tamra is just as selfish, always resenting Jacinda for who she is and with her and her mother always trying to control her, it had me wondering, who really is the selfish person in the story? For sure, if Jacinda is, then her mother and sister can't be far off. Or maybe i'm alone in thiking that? Will is brilliant, and i want to find a sweet and loving guy like that (don't we all? lol). The plot twist surrounding him was completely out of the blue and i was literally astounded. His relationship with Jacinda seemed very real and the phrase; true love conquers all comes to mind, well for the most part anyway.
All in all, a romantic and original fantasy novel that fans of fantasy romance will love. I will be reading the next in the series, although i am hoping i don't have to read any more backwards/forwards relationship issues. Having said that, bring on the next in the series! (less)
Woohoo! The forth Mortal Instruments book! And is it as good as the hype? Yes it is! It's amazing. It's sexy. It's funny. And it has Jace in it! What...moreWoohoo! The forth Mortal Instruments book! And is it as good as the hype? Yes it is! It's amazing. It's sexy. It's funny. And it has Jace in it! What more can I say? plenty actually :-) City of Fallen Angels picks up a little while after the end of City of Glass (COG for those who are into the acronyms). Jace and Clary are finally together, Simon is attempting to date two very fiery women at once (asking for trouble!), Luke and Jocelyn are planning their wedding and everything seems fine. But it doesn't stay that way for long as an ancient vampire names Camille comes onto the scene and seeks out Simon, Shadowhunters are turning up dead and Jace is pulling away from Clary with no apparent explanation.
Sound exciting? Well it is and that's putting it mildly. There is no off switch with this book and for that I am extremely thankful. Is anyone aware of that feeling when your reading a book and it seems to be going very slow? Well with this it was the opposite. One minute I'd be 50 pages in and the next I was 200 without realising I'd been reading for a couple of hours straight (A very good reason why I didn't read this at work). The way the plot came together was extraordinary and somehow several unconnected events became interlinked with one another which is something I love about Clare's writing; she has a true gift for story telling and for world shaping which marks her out as a truly remarkable author.
For those wondering about the razor sharp wit that we usually experience from Clare's work, well, it's still there and in good form. I couldn't stop laughing at one paragraph with a song dedication, containing the following lyrics: "I want to bang you like a drum". I was in stitches while sitting in Costa Coffee drinking hot chocolate, and I was getting very weird looks :-) Simon and Jace are both just as funny as they were as well, especially when faced with imminent danger or certain death, and why not? Because lets face it, if your going to die you may as well die making a joke as opposed to begging for your life.
The best part about returning to the world of the Shadowhunters? Has to be the characters and all the old favourites are back. Jace and Clary's relationship was stellar in this and there is one scene in particular had my heart racing, not just because of the all the romance and heat but because of the tension and emotion, I was left stunned. Those two are meant to be and every time they interact sparks fly. Simon's relationships with Isabelle and Maia are wonderful and have unexpected twists involving a character that we've never seen but has been mentioned. I won't say any more on that front because it will spoil a good chunk of the novel and I am not going to do that. For Magnus and Alec fans, don't fear! Our favourite Shadowhunter/Warlock couple is back and they are so amazing, I love them both and I really want a happy ending for them. Magnus, you'll be pleased to hear, still has his extraordinary fashion sense ;-)
I could go on and on and on about this but I will end up spoiling things. So I will end by saying the plot is amazing, it will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. There are a few "ah ha!" moments as well as you link events from past books to this one and the story takes some amazing twists. The ending will leave you longing for the next in the series and I am dying to get my hands on book 5. Why must I wait do long? It is torture I tell you, Torture! Anyway, read this, read it, read it, READ IT! That is all, thank you xxx(less)
**spoiler alert** This is book is as much funny as it is amazingly romantic and emotional. I found myself laughing at loud at some of the best one-lin...more**spoiler alert** This is book is as much funny as it is amazingly romantic and emotional. I found myself laughing at loud at some of the best one-liners i've ever read in a novel, including one regarding Hello Kitty and a Stun Gun ;-)
The two romance stories are wonderfully written, especially the relationship between Lucy and Nicholas, whose chemistry is amazing and incredibly believable. At the same time there is also Solange's ordeal in becoming a full vampire as well as her complex relationship with a Vampire hunter going on, with the author switching between the view points of Lucy and Solange.
In short, this is an AMAZING book, and yes, i had to use capitals to emphasise that fact. Give this a read if you love your vampire/romance/humour books, as this has almost everything!(less)
These books might be meant for children but there still awesome for adults too! I loved this book, even if it did confuse me at some points, it all ma...moreThese books might be meant for children but there still awesome for adults too! I loved this book, even if it did confuse me at some points, it all makes a bit more sense at the end.
Powerful, emotional, funny and filled with adrenalin fueled fights, this book does not let up at all and the ending is one of the most emotional ones i've ever come across in a children/young-adult book. The cliff-hanger ending and the letter from Fang to Max had me shedding a few tears and i can't wait for the seventh Maximum Ride novel!(less)
First of all, i'd just like to point out that this is NOT just another paranormal romance novel, but is a lot more complex (not to mention frightening...moreFirst of all, i'd just like to point out that this is NOT just another paranormal romance novel, but is a lot more complex (not to mention frightening and suspensful).
Captivate picks up where Need ended. The evil pixies are still locked up in the woods, along with her Pixie dad and her and Nick are still together. To add complications, there are a lot of Pixies now descending on the area, a few of which are King's trying to claim the former King's territory and make Zara their Queen.
Astley is one of these Pixies, but is he as different as he claims to be? or is he simply trying to trick Zara into becomming his Queen? Regardless of whether you usually read Faerie stories or paranormal romances, there is no denying that this book is very well written, romantic, scary, heartbreaking and yet laugh out loud funny in some parts.
The ending will leave you longing to know what happens next, especially with such a sad, yet hopeful, ending to this installment. Bring on part 3!(less)