I'm not sure what I think of this story. I liked Eleanor and Park, but there was too much left unsaid that our became annoying. I might need a re-read...moreI'm not sure what I think of this story. I liked Eleanor and Park, but there was too much left unsaid that our became annoying. I might need a re-read.(less)
It was a cute story. no idea why they call her the teen EL James. there were sine continuity and plot errors. I think she is a fantastic writer for on...moreIt was a cute story. no idea why they call her the teen EL James. there were sine continuity and plot errors. I think she is a fantastic writer for one so young. look forward to reading more of her stuff.(less)
a bit disappointed with this installment. the back and forth can get annoying. curious to see how this ends, because I have no idea where she's is goi...morea bit disappointed with this installment. the back and forth can get annoying. curious to see how this ends, because I have no idea where she's is going with this.(less)
Really cute story. I love Orion and his conflict with his brother that he always looked up to. Denise Vega wrote a great story and I loved the way tha...moreReally cute story. I love Orion and his conflict with his brother that he always looked up to. Denise Vega wrote a great story and I loved the way that she created the webpage and the different bloggers. Very creative!(less)
I'm not sure what to think of this ending. It was all so surprising and actually quite boring. Rhine drove me crazy. Cecily drove me crazy. Linden, we...moreI'm not sure what to think of this ending. It was all so surprising and actually quite boring. Rhine drove me crazy. Cecily drove me crazy. Linden, well, poor Linden. He was never fully developed and I don't know what to think about him. I liked Reed. He was cool. Until he did something that was kinda crazy.(less)
I'm so sad to see this series end. Some books were great and some were not so great. It took a long time to get to where we ended up, but a part of me...moreI'm so sad to see this series end. Some books were great and some were not so great. It took a long time to get to where we ended up, but a part of me feels a bit let down as well. There was really no swoonworthy part to this end. So much going on and hard to keep track of what exactly WAS going on. I loved the whole aspect of the vampires being Angels. It was a such a great way to introduce us to them. Schulyer needed to be a bit more kick ass at times. I wanted Jack to be It. I feel a bit let down.
We could have a book on Kingsley and Mimi, I would totally read that if it wasn't for YA:)
Do we get an Oliver and Finn story? His ending seemed more like a beginning.
Everyone knows the story of the famous Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The greatest love story ever told. Blah blah blah. But did you know that Romeo bef...moreEveryone knows the story of the famous Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The greatest love story ever told. Blah blah blah. But did you know that Romeo before Juliet was Romeo was betrothed to the lovely Rosaline? If you read closely, Juliet used her feminine wiles to woo Romeo away. So this is where Rebecca Serle takes R&J and updates, deconstructs it and spins her own story.
Rob Monteg has been gone for the whole summer, working as a camp counselor. Rosaline Caplet is Rob's best friend, but there might be more going on between them once he gets home. See Rob left Rosaline with a mixed message when left.
This story was marketed as an intensely romantic, modern retelling. For me it fell a bit flat. Rosaline is a great character and she has a bit of a backbone, but once Juliet enters the picture, Rosaline becomes a wallflower. Juliet was deigned to be a terrible character, one who had serious mental issues and control issues where it concerned Rob. Right before Juliet enters the picture, Rob and Rosaline share a memorable kiss and it's decided that they are perfect for each other even if they are best friends. But this is probably the shortest lived relationship I've ever seen. It took about half a page. Because Juliet (Rosaline's cousin) is back in town when it is discovered that her father (a senator) had an affair. So for damage control they go back to the town where they once lived. A plot device that didn't work for me. It made no sense. But in order to get Juliet and Rob together, it was necessary.
Rob and Juliet are only together for a short time and we all know how the original story ends. It's just with this story, getting to the ending knowing what was going to happen wasn't fun. It was bleak and depressing. I was still waiting for the intensely romantic story I was promised. It could also be that I am not a fan of Wm. Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet that I just couldn't allow myself to enjoy this one. I went in wanting to.
Rebecca is a debut author and I do think she has a good writing style and could really write a great subsequent book. This one just didn't work for me.
I've heard really good things about this, but I just found it meh. You kinda know how it's gonna end and getting there wasn't very enjoyable.(less)
A new Dystopian that really works. Callie is on the run with her sickly 7 year old brother and another squatter, Michael. Who may or may not have feel...moreA new Dystopian that really works. Callie is on the run with her sickly 7 year old brother and another squatter, Michael. Who may or may not have feelings for Callie. Because they are unmarked, and they are Starters (Spore Wars killed off anyone between the ages of 20-60), they are either used for nefarious means or killed because they are a waste of space.
The only thing that will save Callie and her brother and even Michael, is if she signs on with Prime Destinations. A company that allows the Enders (anyone over the age of 60) to borrow a starters body to do what they can no longer do. During this part of the book it was very Total Recall, which could have been an inspiration as well as being in line for flu shot at Costco (Lissa Price's story).
Because Callie is gorgeous, she will be highly sought out and she will earn the money that will save her broken family. But then things get complicated when Callie wakes up, her neurochip malfunctioning and she realizes that she remembers part of her Renter's world.
A mystery enfolds and Callie gets deeper and deeper in the world of the older ones who rent out the bodies. Somehow, Callie's renter can communicate to her and wants her to kill the Senator who may be behind the cause of the renter's missing granddaughter.
I was on edge with this book because it was so good. The world building was very well done, and Lissa really took her time creating nuances that you could see and feel. I like that about a book when I can get carried away and envision myself right there beside the character. The cover of the book plays an important part in the story, so pay attention to it. It's quite fascinating.
There is a bit of a love story thrown in and it's really sweet, but when Callie's life is found out, everything she knew is ripped away from her. Heartbreaking to say the least, but hopefully a sequel will play that out. If your looking for a good book that won't take you to long to read, I suggest this one. You'll love Callie. I did.(less)
I am the first one to say that I love the Vampire Academy novels. In fact, right after reading The Golden Lily, I had to reread the original series (w...moreI am the first one to say that I love the Vampire Academy novels. In fact, right after reading The Golden Lily, I had to reread the original series (which I just finished).
I'm finding myself not happy with this Bloodlines series. I mean I love that we get more Adrian and Jill and Eddie. My problem lies more in the narrator-- Sydney is dull. Rose was so dynamic with her colorful language and snarky witticisms. The relationship between Dimitri and Rose was swoon worthy and probably the most romantic pairing since Buffy and Angel. I know that Adrian deserves his happily ever after, but with Sydney? I just don't see it and to me it feels forced.
So let me just go into what I didn't like. The storyline goes nowhere. It took a lot of pages to get to the finale scene which was just made me scream (in my head) WTF! I adore Richelle's writing and Vampire Academy is so tightly plotted and written so damn well, that this series seems like a completely different writer is writing it. Where are my clues that were sprinkled in VA? Where is the underlying passion and greatness that I have come to adore in Mead's writing?
So what did I like about it: Angeline. We first meet her in Last Sacrifice (the final VA book), where she lives in the mountains with The Keepers. A ragtag bunch of vampires and Dhampirs and human who commune together in harmony. Angeline has spunk and her besottedness with Eddie is fun to watch. Eddie Castile. Ever since Frostbite, I have adored this character. He's strong willed, he's a good friend to Rose and he adores Jill (The Queen's illegitimate sister). Jill can be annoying at time. I know that she's learning all about being royalty as it was thrust upon her. Plus having your life constantly in danger should make you a more exciting character, but she's not. You know who is missing from this series? Mia Rinaldi. I like Angeline, but Mia would work well especially as possibly a rival to Adrian's affection from Sydney. There needs to be some conflict and Syd being an alchemist just doesn't bring the fervor.
Adrian Ivashkov deserves his own paragraph. Adrian is still smarting from Rose's deception and defection of her heart to her one true love, Dimitri Belikov. What makes matters even worse? Dimitri is in this whole book with another strigoi turned back, Sonya Karp. They are trying to find out the secrets of turning back from Strigoi and long-term effects of spirit. So Adrian and Dimitri are in close contact often and the turn of events are funny and sometimes sad. However, snarky Adrian is always fun. Drunk and smoking Adrian is hilarious.
Even Adrian can't help this installment. I'm pretty invested in the series so I'm definitely interested to see where she's going with it (let's hope not 6 books), and I'd like to see everyone happy. I know Rose' story is done, but I'd like to see her back (even if she was briefly in Bloodlines).
I know that there will be people who won't agree with my assessment of The Golden Lily. I tried to love this book, but came away with a half-assed infatuation of it.
Not overly impressed with this series. I absolutely adored Vampire Academy Series and this one just doesn't hold a candle to it. Sydney is just a boring main character. She works better as side character.(less)
I have lots of things to say about this. I think this book was slow going and it really took me a while to get into it. But I am seriously invested in...moreI have lots of things to say about this. I think this book was slow going and it really took me a while to get into it. But I am seriously invested in this series and have been since I read the first book back in '07/'08.
I have serious thoughts on Brother Zachariah. I think we met him in The Infernal Devices. I'm pretty sure I know who he is. My full review will be going up soon.(less)