A short, sweet novella that fits into place right between last fall's Misguided Angel and the upcoming October release of Lost in Time. Split into thrA short, sweet novella that fits into place right between last fall's Misguided Angel and the upcoming October release of Lost in Time. Split into three sections, Melissa de la Cruz shares with us the tale of Oliver getting over his broken heart, the beginning of Allegra's fall into love with a human, and the bonding of Jack and Schuyler.
All stories have something to do with love, whether it be overcoming a past relationship, the first brush of lust and affection with the forbidden, or committing in a ceremony to love someone forever. Sure, there wasn't a whole lot of moving forward in the whole plot of the series, except for the obvious bonding ceremony between Schuyler and Jack, but to me it felt more like a brief interlude, a break before, possibly, all hell breaks loose in Lost in Time when Schuyler heads for Alexandria and Jack returns to New York to face his former bondmate/sister/lover Mimi. Can you imagine how Mimi's going to react? I predict a mix of collected stiffness and total volcanic explosion. ;)
Think of this as similar to Keys to the Repository, the some guide book some and some short story small hardcover that came out last June. If you're a hardcore fan who loves Schuyler and Jack, then you'll pick this up and love it. If you're a hardcore fan who needs to watch how much she/he spends on books like me, you might want to borrow it from the library or a friend, then buy it either on sale or when it comes out in paperback (whenever that may be)....more
Out in North Hampton live three unique women, Joanna Beauchamp and her daughters Freya and Ingrid. They are witches, powerful, but banned from openlyOut in North Hampton live three unique women, Joanna Beauchamp and her daughters Freya and Ingrid. They are witches, powerful, but banned from openly practicing magic. Not until each of them are presented with certain situations do they break out their wands and start casting spells again, bringing to life their small town. Then the darkness comes, and the sickness, and the missing girl, and the Beauchamp women realize it's time to uncover what dark forces have come to their small town hidden in the mist.
This book has what I love about Melissa de la Cruz books: magic, secrets, powerful but flawed characters, New York class and style, and hidden romances. It's another exciting book, with hints of her Blue Bloods series. Characters like Freya and Ingrid and Joanna help this book stand on its own, but it's still half-related to its well-established and well-loved Blue Bloods cousins.
This is not a YA book, per se. The characters are not teenagers, but I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of readers of this book have drifted over from Melissa's YA series. It's still what I've come to expect from a Melissa novel: a blend of character and plot driven with characters in conflict and aren't sure what they really want (or who, Freya) and events happening that slowly change the world around them (the dead birds and the sickness).
I loved the inclusion of (maybe spoiler) Norse mythology (like you couldn't see it with a name like Freya or Ingrid). I like tweaks and spins on mythology in general, it explains why I loved Aimée Carter's The Goddess Test so much (Greek mythology) and why I'm excited to read Tera Lynn Childs' Sweet Venom (also Greek mythology). It's another idea that sets Witches of East End apart from Blue Bloods, that it's not all blue blood-angel-reincarnated soul-vampires.
Such a fun, interesting, mysterious summer read. I couldn't help but think of summer as I read this. They're at the beach, it's New York, Freya is bubbly and sexy and fun. And I liked Ingrid, too, and not just because she's a librarian. She wants to help people. I hope in the next book she gets kissed as much as Freya did in this book. ;)
(I received this book from HarperCollinsCanada for the intent to review it. I haven't received any sort of compensation for my time, but I do appreciate them sending it express overnight to me.) ...more
Bored and alone, Eden didn't expect to meet Az, but she also didn't expect to end up stuck between living and dying, didn't expect to be ripped from hBored and alone, Eden didn't expect to meet Az, but she also didn't expect to end up stuck between living and dying, didn't expect to be ripped from his side after falling in love with him, didn't expect to have the ability to ruin people with her touch. But Eden's a girl who knows her heart, and isn't going to give up, even if Az is a Fallen angel tossed out of heaven.
This was the third YA book I've read in hardcover (Unearthly and Angelfire being the other two), all three even have the same publisher (if not published by the same imprint), but it had a different twist to it and so I wasn't totally bored while reading it.
It started off a bit different with Eden all depressed and possibly contemplating suicide, but what drew me in was the third person point of view. I think I've read far too much first person YA novels. This was so refreshing, following characters through terrible situations and being in more than one person's head. Often, there's more than one character in a book and sometimes you want to know what's going on in their head instead of just speculate about it with the narrator.
The Siders were really interesting, a new wrinkle in the eternal struggle between angels and the Fallen. It shows a different side to those who commit suicide, that they don't all end up in Hell, that there might be another place they go to, a place between life and death.
The darkness and death was almost too much, almost overwhelmed Eden's relationship with Az. I wanted more Eden and Az as the book went on.
Still, I found Leah Clifford's debut rather interesting, even if after reading it I was a little tired of reading angel YA novels. Not as much romance as I expected, more good versus evil and what happens after death/suicide, but still interesting. If there's a book two in the works, I'll read it....more
I'm not quite sure how to start this review, but don't think I didn't like it. I did. I do. I thought the story was really cool. Everything moved at aI'm not quite sure how to start this review, but don't think I didn't like it. I did. I do. I thought the story was really cool. Everything moved at a good pace, I didn't think it dragged.
The best way to describe this book is almost like calling it a book version of the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I think other people have said when describing this book.
I'm not sure why I would describe it like that. Probably because of the giant balancing act Ellie has to perform with her life once Will shows up and flips everything around. She's got to deal with school, her family, her friends, and now she has to put up with this sudden job of killing monsters that creep around in the shadows while hiding the fact that she sneaks out of her room at night to hang out with this new guy that's got a bunch of weird tattoos.
Ellie's complete freak-out and self-doubt was awesome. You can't have a character just believe that she's got this power and strength and ability and wicked sharp swords when she had no idea before getting smacked in the forehead by a hot guy's palm. The idea that she'd just believe him and start kicking butt is outrageous, and so that's part of why I liked this book. Ellie's so human and so scared and a bit panicky, but she has to be human to be believable.
Well, as believable as possible in a book that involves angels and reapers and past lives and guardians and psychics and white cars named Marshmallow. ;)
The romance wasn't overwhelming, which was good. Ellie being drawn to Will came from him knowing her mixed with the attraction, which does give it a boost. It's like,'oh, I sort of know you, and so there's something familiar there and there's parts of you I like and that's attractive.' I did see it coming. It wasn't hard to find. I don't think it's hard to pick out the romantic relationships in most YA novels. And it's not that I mind that. I like reading about how they get together and what crap they have to face because no relationship will ever be perfect.
I know there's a lot of recent YA releases out there involving angels, I've got two more waiting for me to read them, but surely there's no harm in giving this debut a try. Especially if you like a healthy dose of fighting and swords and big monsters thrown in....more
Unearthly was one of the sweeter YA angel books I've read in the past while. It didn't feel overly dark and mysterious like Hush, Hush or Crescendo, iUnearthly was one of the sweeter YA angel books I've read in the past while. It didn't feel overly dark and mysterious like Hush, Hush or Crescendo, it wasn't full of action and fight scenes like Angelfire. It was more relaxed, more journey of an angel to a new place so she could help people kind of book. Which I didn't mind. Not every book has to be like a Buffy episode.
Clara was sweet as the heroine. Not overly strong or powerful, perhaps a little meek and curious, but that's how I found her character and enjoyed her. She wasn't one to totally run in and beat everyone up, but she isn't supposed to be. She's an angel blood, a quarter angel, and after learning what she does from her mother, sees angels as benevolent and helpful, going out into the world to protect people. It wasn't until further into the book that the hint of danger comes into play.
Now, when I say sweet, I don't mean sugary and syrupy and overwhelmingly girly. It was such an easy-going book, such a quick read. I felt eased into the story, almost like I was gliding through it, coming across the twists and surprises like I was riding rapids down a river before hitting another calm spot.
The Wyoming setting was really nice. Not urban and with so much natural beauty highlighted by the author in her descriptions of the setting.
The vague love triangle, while getting tired and overdone in YA, didn't totally bother me. Clara is drawn to Christian, of course, but then there's Tucker. And even with the connection to Christian, there's no chemistry there like there is with Tucker. The second he became one of those needling getting on her nerves rubbing her the wrong way kind of guys, I just knew there was going to be something between him and Clara. It was obvious.
This book was almost devoid of pressure, apart from Clara's task to determine what her vision means and who she has to save, and so I enjoyed reading it. So peaceful to read, so gentle and easy. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series....more
Six weeks after the end of City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels starts back in New York. Everyone's getting back to normal. Well, as normal as it getsSix weeks after the end of City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels starts back in New York. Everyone's getting back to normal. Well, as normal as it gets for Clary, who's trying to fit a relationship with Jace into her Shadowhunter training. Simon's also trying to cope with being the only vampire that can walk in sunlight. Plus, someone's killing Shadowhunters that once aligned themselves with Valentine, and something's going on with the vampires in the Downworld.
The action and twists and turns brought me right back into Clary and Simon's world. It almost felt like I hadn't left, that it hadn't been a few months since I read the first three books. Shadowhunters and runes, vampires and werewolves and warlocks, everything totally going straight to hell and messing everything up. It was awesome.
New characters balanced out the old, adding new conflict and a new dimension to old relationships (or totally messing them up). The book was oddly refreshing, something new mixed with something old.
I know that initially the series was going to end after City of Glass and now won't for another two books, but I don't know what other readers were expecting to find when they read City of Fallen Angels. I knew things weren't going to be easy. If things were easy, if Cassandra Clare wrote nothing but 400 pages of Clary and Jace dating like a happy couple, the book would've been outrageously boring. You can't go from 3 books of action and disaster and surprises to 3 books of normal boring life.
I expected a weird new evil person to show up, I expected something to happen between Clary and Jace that might split them up until the end of the series, and I expected Simon to do something because he was tired of being the only special vampire. I even expected part of the city to explode and ruin everything. I won't say if any of this actually happened, those would be spoilers, but I will say that I'm totally satisfied with where the book went and how it ended.
I will say I'm not looking forward to the wait for City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire. I understand why, though. I'll just have to self-medicate with the first four TMI books and The Infernal Devices series in the meantime. ;)
Cassandra Clare was able to draw me back into her dark and dangerous New York with its Shadowhunters and Downworlders. I was sucked back in so quickly, so seamlessly, that it felt like I hadn't ever left. Classic twists, turns, and secrets mixed with runes and magic, and an ending no one will expect....more