Very well written with a carefully thought out original story that kept me interested till the last pages(this book is looong!) But I was expectin3,5/5
Very well written with a carefully thought out original story that kept me interested till the last pages(this book is looong!) But I was expecting more action and not so much a description of people's everyday lives which was fine, don't get me wrong, but because the book was long, almost half of it was really really slow. It's such a shame, especially when there are so many different kinds of paranormal in there, wolves, vamps, weather elements (yes,it's true!) even magic ponies!! (true again) Hope the next one has a lot more things going on and a lot more Meg-Simon action....more
This is unlike anything I've ever read. Utterly twisted and perverted, Daughter Of the Blood is basically all about the essence of pure, almost maniacaThis is unlike anything I've ever read. Utterly twisted and perverted, Daughter Of the Blood is basically all about the essence of pure, almost maniacal, love for one being that could change everything. I will definitely read book 2, incredibly intrigued and fascinated by Bishop's savage world. I should warn you, there is a lot of violence and sexual cruelty in this book. It is definitely not for the faint hearted!...more
This is the first book I'm reading by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I've heard great things about the Raised by Wolves series but I never picked it up. I4,5/5
This is the first book I'm reading by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I've heard great things about the Raised by Wolves series but I never picked it up. I'm so glad I requested Every Other Day from NetGalley though, because it truly was awesome!!
Every Other Day sucked me in from the very first word. It is so eloquently written and with a spot on combination of sarcasm and humor, that I immediately knew we had a winner. I loved the story and how original it was. First, I liked the idea that paranormal entities were not only known by the populace, but they were also scientifically recognised and accepted. It says at one point that Darwin's evolutionary theory includes, apart from the species known to man today, Homo Mortis, basically dead beings. I liked how she made zombies and vampires who are always so special in other books, seem like "ordinary" beings living on this planet since the beginning of time. Fun fact: hellhounds-endengered species, no hunting allowed. Yeah. It was THAT cool!
I liked Kali's character a lot. She had a little bit of Buffy in her, thankfully without the obnoxious parts! She was feisty, determined and willing to risk her life for others' without having a hero complex. Huge fan of the every other day concept: one day she's this bad ass fighter/killer, and the other she's just a plain mortal. Her friend Skylar was OK, but to be honest I liked her brothers more, even if they didn't have as much book time as Skylar had.
I think what Barnes did in Every Other Day, was really daring: she added a guy character, Zev, the alleged "love interest", who did not come in contact with the heroine once in the book. He was constantly in her head. And we're talking about a one time deal here, a stand alone novel. It's not like it'll be a series and Barnes will have plenty of books ahead of her to build the relationship between them. And not only that, but till the end, I was not really sure that what they had between them was indeed romance, and not just the natural need to rely on each other even telepathically, in order to assuage the gravity of their situation. Zev was a cold voice in Kali's head throughout the whole book and the surprising thing is that it didn't take away from their incredible connection. I really have to applaud Barnes for doing something like that, because it takes some serious guts.
If you love paranormal adventures with a twist-with several twists, actually- and appreciate awesome writing, then Every Other Day is for you. Totally recommend it. Read it!...more
Nothing really interesting went down in this book. It was OK but that's it. Also it always amazes me how Harris can destroy a character she built3,5/5
Nothing really interesting went down in this book. It was OK but that's it. Also it always amazes me how Harris can destroy a character she built in over 10 books, in just a few pages. She did it with Bill, she did it with Alcide and now with Eric. Shame. Also I know a devastating spoiler for the last book *snif*
You gotta fight! For your right! To paaaaaaaaaaarty!
That is pretty much the concept of Burn Bright. The one I got from it, at least. World in Burn BrightYou gotta fight! For your right! To paaaaaaaaaaarty!
That is pretty much the concept of Burn Bright. The one I got from it, at least. World in Burn Bright is not our own, so this is not a post apocalyptic-I was mowing my lawn when suddenly a terrible plague killed 2,75 gazillion people-world. It's completely fictional and contains a lot of "areas" one could have grown up in. The protagonist, Retra, is a Seal which basically means someone who is devoid of every pleasure in life, is very shy and doesn't have the right to express an opinion. On the other hand there is Ixion, where the sun never rises. A place where you don't have to sleep(only briefly)and you can party and indulge in pretty much anything you can think of all day. Retra, after enduring unbearable physiological and physical pain at home, risks her life to go to Ixion and reunite with her brother Joel who had run off to Ixion a while back.
So. Ixion- the party planet. At first I thought it was something new and original but then meh I don't know. I mean, an island you can party and have sex non stop? Granted, it sounds intriguing and I'm certainly not a prude, but how is this a solution to Retra's or Joel's problems, created by a dysfunctional environment? For not being allowed to look in a mirror because it was considered a sin to choking down "happy pills" everyday, it's kind of a long way. And I liked Retra in the first half because she refused to change. She felt free from her father's tyranny sure, but she didn't become a ho bag in a matter of hours. Until of course, god-like Lenoir touched her thigh and she had an orgasm. ... Then everything changed inside her and she decided to go with the flow and become like the other Ixion-ites, but slightly better since she was Lenoir's favorite.
I don't know what to tell you, I didn't connect with the story or the characters at all. Yes, the book had a nice gothic feel to it. While reading I kept imagining Ixion like a medieval Ibiza. With a bunch of churches and monsters lurking in the dark. Now, that's a pretty picture! But when it's all said and done, I am not sure the imagery alone is enough to make me like Burn Bright. I didn't get the romance between Retra and Lenoir, either. Story of Ruzalia was interesting, though. When people at Ixion stopped being young(it doesn't say how young or how old that is), rumor has it that they are withdrawn from Ixion. What does that entail exactly? Nobody knows. Ruzalia claims that the Ripers(Guardians of the Ixion youth) get rid of them once and for all. The Ripers claim otherwise. So Ruzalia and her followers live in a huge pirate - like boat, fight the Ripers and have built a whole new world where people who are withdrawn can go. Second book is supposeed to be Ruzalia-centered so I may give the series another chance.
Burn Bright was an OK book I guess. Nothing special for me and I struggled a little bit to finish it. It's worth a try for dystopian enthusiasts. ...more
I'm not gonna lie. While reading Spell Bound I thought to myself that it will probably be the best of all 3. Quick paced, a lot of action scenes,3,5/5
I'm not gonna lie. While reading Spell Bound I thought to myself that it will probably be the best of all 3. Quick paced, a lot of action scenes, great overall. It was when I read the last sentence however that I realised that despite it hiding behind a mask of awesomeness, the series was not worthy of such ending, after all.
Why this happened? Well, for one thing I am a sucker for exposition. And this book had plenty. Especially the scenes with the Brannicks kinda reminded me Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer and Calla's hanging out with the Searchers. So, I am all for that. Also, when you read a book filled with so many new things and situations, you kinda get lost in the moment and don't pay attention to details which at the time, seem minor. What I felt in the end of Spell Bound was that the book was somehow incomplete. It would be perfect for part 1, if the end was a two - parter, or let's say an introductory book to a possible spin off *ahem* but it wasn't. It was the end of a series that lasted 3 years and all the important stuff that happen, were being compeltely brushed off by Hawkins. For example:
*Sophie comes back and her father and Archer's fate is unknown. She is the first to crack a joke. In general, they were cracking so many jokes, even in dire circumstances, that it came across a bit childish. Also, she (Sophie) had no qualms about falling into Cal's arms the same night. Hm. *Sophie found out about her heritage. Not that big of a deal to Sophie. *shrug* *A character's death(although I am sure you all know who dies by now). Oh. Too Bad. *5 seconds later* "OK let's live happily ever after. Nuisance taken care of." Uh? *Torin-very interesting new character, someone who I believe everyone wanted to find out more about. We didn't, though. I thought he had a role to play, like may be a double agent, pretend to help them but instead be a spy for Lara, or maybe he truly wanted to help them, anything! He was introduced, he said one or two clever quips and then poof. Same goes for Finley and Izzy. I know there is a spin off in the making (kinda obvious) but please, don't screw the end of this series because of that. Got some serious Last Sacrifice vibes, for which I did not care for at all! *Lara-not a big baddie after all. Her sister did all the work, not Sophie. …and last but not least *Cal-why create him at all if your purpose, as it turned out, was not a love triangle? Why make him Sophie's fiance(!)and have her ignore him and pretty much anticipating to get rid of him in the next book? Doesn't make any sense to me. Major fail in character development there.
In the end, what I made of Spell Bound, is that it is just a big prologue for the inevitable spin off. Why else introduce so many new characters when the book is 327 pages and you know there is no way in hell you can develop them all. I never thought the Hex Hall series was the best thing that happened to my life, but I enjoyed it very much and all I wanted was a satisfactory ending. It wasn't abysmal, but it wasn't what I expected, especially from Hawkins. ...more
What can I possibly say about Daughter Of Smoke And Bone?? I want to lay it down gently and bow down to it. I want to hug it and squeeze it all day lonWhat can I possibly say about Daughter Of Smoke And Bone?? I want to lay it down gently and bow down to it. I want to hug it and squeeze it all day long. I want to have an intimate relationship with it. Yes, Really. I wanna. Because this book is so awesome and amazing, it's ridiculous!
Laini Taylor managed to invent a new, unique and original writing style of her own and break the anachronistic barriers you usually come across when reading a YA book. No unnecessary drama, no needy and moany heroine who no one can identify with, no hot-stuff boyfriend that cares more about his looks that the world ending, none of that. Daughter has a clean, straight-up story and even manages to stay believable even if it's about angels and beasts. Laini does not lack in imagination, that's for certain! Her story is complex and incredibly interesting, without being tiring or boring. And the book is not short, mind you. Her descriptions of cloudy and gothic Prague are absolutely beautiful. She couldn't have picked a better place for her story.
Karou the protagonist is quirky, opinionated and pretty stable, considering her "family" and the way she grew up. Her love story with Akiva is EPIC!!!I practically melted when I was reading it, soooo good! After reading a love story like that, so real and uncomplicated, makes me think twice about reading about love triangles ever again. I mean, why over-complecate? Just for the drama? Pfff please don't! Write one great, legendary love story like Karou and Akiva's and you're golden!
Daughter Of Smoke and Bone is mysterious, intriguing, absolutely unputdownable and really really brilliant. Pure magic!...more
Oh my God. What happened to this series? I used to love it! Now, I'm actually terrified of picking up the next book!
There's not a lot happening in DeaOh my God. What happened to this series? I used to love it! Now, I'm actually terrified of picking up the next book!
There's not a lot happening in Dead Reckoning. For me, it was yet another filler, like Dead In The Family. The only cool thing that happened, was Sookie discovering a faery trinket that has some magic powers. Nothing much was said about it, but I guess we'll find out in the next book. Although, way things are going, I wouldn't be at all surprised if we never hear about it ever again.
Something semi-important happened between Eric and Sookie, which would have been majorly important if Eric's character wasn't completely butchered by Harris. I guess it has been going on for a long time now, but in Dead Reckoning it was officially confirmed. Eric, the huge Viking guy who took no shit from anyone, has become everyone's lap dog. I knew he was Sookie's but this? Come on! Was it maybe an attempt by Harris to get the books closer to TrueBlood's story by bringing Sookie closer to Bill after utterly humiliating Bill in readers' eyes? Whatever it is I'm not buying it!Emasculating Eric is NOT the way to go!I'm a huge fan of Bill's and as much as I like Eric I still believe that somehow Sookie and Bill would get back together, but not like this. And I'm not saying they're getting back together. It just seems to me that the books are taking a turn to that direction after doing a lot of unnecessary U-turns first.
I think after Dead Reckoning there are 2 books left in the series and I never thought I'd say this but I'm really glad it's coming to an end. Dead Reckoning was a huge disappointment for me and if I wasn't so damn curious to see how the story will end, I would think twice before picking up the next installment. ...more
What a pleasant surprise Born At Midnight was! For reasons unknown, I didn't have high hopes for this book, but I'm here to tell you it was not bad atWhat a pleasant surprise Born At Midnight was! For reasons unknown, I didn't have high hopes for this book, but I'm here to tell you it was not bad at all!
BAM is such a fun, entertaining read! Although it's not a short book, Hunter's writing made it very easy to read, kept its pace fast throughout, and added so many details and many different little things, that there's never a dull moment in it. The story was interesting enough. Combining all the supernatural elements together, vampires, witches, ghosts, weres, it has a little something to suit everyone's tastes.
Characters were…I said fun already, right? I don't know why, but writing this right now puts a big smile on my face because Born At Midnight was exactly that for me: a light, amusing read. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean frivolous. I just very much enjoy a book that for once doesn't have an impending doom or IL(instant love). Yes, there is not a BIG BAD in BAM, which doesn't diminish the story's value in the least. In fact, it's a very welcomed change.
I think I was talking about the characters somewhere way back… So, Kylie, the protagonist, is a nice enough girl who comes from a broken home. I liked the fact that she wasn't a whiner or a moaner or a complainer. Granted, she may have misjudged some people but that doesn't make her annoying or a bad person. Let's not forget that she is 16 years old. I liked her self-assurance and the way she didn't make a big deal out of being chased by 3 guys simultaneously(yep, I'm not lying). She completely owns it without being obnoxious. Her friends, Miranda the witch and Della the vampire, were OK I guess, although I would have wanted to learn more about their background, where they come from, how they came to be who they are. As for the guys…the hottness level was so off the charts, that by the end I still couldn't decide who I wanted Kylie to end up with. Well OK, that's a lie. I like Lucas a lot more than I like Derek, but Derek is swoon-worthy too!
An abundance of hot guys and a great story to go with it? I'm sold! Born At Midnight is a quick, easy but very cleverly constructed read that will definitely keep you interested till the very end! Looking forward to book #2 which is called Awake At Dawn and comes out October 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin.
I received an ARC of this book through the First Reads program....more
Darkness Becomes Her is an unbelievably original novel that completely won me over!
Granted, Darkness Becomes Her has somewhat of a rocky start.Fi4,5/5
Darkness Becomes Her is an unbelievably original novel that completely won me over!
Granted, Darkness Becomes Her has somewhat of a rocky start.First 40 pages or so.You have to get used to Ari's character, who comes on a little too strong for a 17 year old girl and acclimate to the utterly new, semi-dystopian/futuristic surroundings. DBH takes place in New 2, which actually is the city of New Orleans, partially rebuild by the Novem(made up of 9 families)after the hurricane Katrina in 2005.So, as you probably have guessed there is a lot to absorb at first.However, as you continue reading you'll quickly find yourself lost in this amazing world Keaton has created!
I loved all the characters in DBH.Brace yourselves, there are a lot, but each and every one of them is memorable because they have their own voice and distinguishable personalities. Ari is a tough, VERY tough teenage girl.She has survived several foster homes and very bad living conditions. She is determined to find her true origins and nothing will get in her way.Then she meets Sebastian, whom she likes instantly. Now you know I am not a fan of the 2 minutes head over heels thing.Fortunately, Ari wasn't either!I loved how she constantly chastised herself for falling for a stranger so quickly.She knows it's not "natural" to like someone she barely knows and she is not afraid to say it.That made me admire Ari and made her feelings towards Sebastian all the more believable to me.That and her abhorrence to snakes(I can completely relate!), had me practically adoring her by the end of the book!
As for the story...where do I begin?Vampires, warlocks, shifters, harpies, mythical monsters, vengeful Greek goddesses, all of them part of a unique and imaginative story you will not want to end!Add to that a shocking revelation towards the end, and you have yourself a book that you just don't wanna miss! Recommended. ...more