I've been wanting to read this book for quite some time now. I love a good book about Fae, and this one didn't disa...moreI think I'd give this one 4.5 stars
I've been wanting to read this book for quite some time now. I love a good book about Fae, and this one didn't disappoint!
I think the cover of this book is gorgeous. I think it's actually fitting to the book once you read it.
I love the idea of the glimmerglass. I'm not going to say what exactly the glimmerglass is ( I don't like spoilers!), but I can't wait to see what comes of it in the next book. I also really liked the idea that there could be this city that is the connection between Faerie and our world, and that people know about it. I thought that was pretty unique. In the stories I have read before people don't know that the Fae even exist.
One thing I think was kind of missing in this book is a little bit more info about Fae and their magic. I felt like it was mentioned, but could use some more details about it.Hopefully Shadowspell, the second book in the Faeriewalker series, will dig a bit deeper.
I felt like the end wasn't really an ending. It didn't leave us hanging with a cliffhanger, but it also left the story open.It felt a little anti-climatic or something.
I really did enjoy this book and will definitely be reading on in the series. (less)
This book was fascinating! From the very beginning I was sucked in and couldn't put it down. The words flowed effortlessly and I enjoyed every moment.
Mary's world is bleak. Her life falls apart, and yet she still has hope. Is there a life for her? Is there more out there for her, past the Forest of Hands and Teeth? Can she be happy living in her village as others demand her to?
I really enjoy stories that delve into what would happen if a sort of sickness was to take over humankind. The people in this book are taken over by something (a disease? virus?) that makes them zombie like; something that makes them crave human flesh. They were terrifying! There was tension at almost every moment in this book - just enough to keep you wanting more without it being too overbearing.
I just devoured this book and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!(less)
I'm not sure exactly how to begin this review. Did I think Sunshine was a good book? Yes. However, it didn't blow me away like I expected. When Melissa Marr is quoted as saying "Sunshine is quite possibly the best vampire book published in my lifetime" right on the book, I think you kind of have high expectations.
There were several things I really liked about this book. For one, I really enjoyed how suspenseful the beginning was. I loved the dynamic between Sunshine and the vampire, Con. I wanted more scenes with Con! I also liked the magical world that McKinley built. It was definitely unique and left me wanting to know lots more about it. Tell me more about the magic, the wards, the Others!
Sunshine's character was well built. She had a believable background and I had an easy time seeing how she fit into her family and her job (which pretty much melted together being that she worked in the bakery of her family's coffee shop). Now I feel like going and baking some cinnamon rolls!
There was too much of Sunshine's thoughts in this story. She confused me sometimes and I had to go back and reread quite a bit. Usually I love lots of details in a story, but I couldn't understand exactly what it is she was trying to say. Maybe I just don't understand the way she thinks? She is definitely a very different person than I am. Too much of the story was told though her thoughts versus some kind of action.
Also, it seemed like the beginning of the book had tons of action and then the middle got a little boring. There was too much of a lull. I wasn't sure I wanted to finish the book, but I really wanted to know what was going to happen, so I kept reading. I am glad I did, but that middle part was tough.
By the end, the pace picked back up and I was excited to keep reading again. The end completely left me wanting more!(less)
What a great, steamy book. I'm so glad I followed the advise of fellow readers and picked this up! I lov...more From JLittle Shelf, my blog:
Dark and exciting!
What a great, steamy book. I'm so glad I followed the advise of fellow readers and picked this up! I loved the storyline and the characters. The world that Ward has created is fascinating! Scary, and yet, intriguing.
Sometimes an instant attraction between characters can seem unbelievable, but in this case it was charged and exhilarating. Was it a little (okay, a lot) crazy? Yes, but it made it all that much more exciting! This book is definitely a delve into the erotic, but it was also a satisfying love story.
I loved Beth! She's exotically beautiful and strong, yet humble and caring. Her life had been hard, with no real family around and an mediocre job. Wrath was almost an empty entity, retreating from intimate relationships. They are thrown together by forces outside of their control, and the result is invigorating.
There were so many other great characters in this vampire world! The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a group of male vampires who are in a constant battle with those who are out so destroy vampire kind. They are frightening and complex. The other books in the series will alternate between the other characters, and I'm really looking forward to getting to know them all personally! (less)
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. Luce has no one. Her parents are both dead and her uncle is an abusive alcoholi...moreFrom my blog: Little Shelf
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. Luce has no one. Her parents are both dead and her uncle is an abusive alcoholic. How lonely and depressing that would be! I couldn't wait to see what would happen to her.
After she is left on the cliffs by the ocean, she just gives up. She doesn't want to go back to the only thing she has: a life with her horrible uncle. She falls off the cliff and transforms into a mermaid, leaving her humanity behind.
This is the part I expected her life to change and for things to start looking better for Luce. However, that wasn't really the case. Being a mermaid isn't as wonderful as it would seem. She finds other mermaids, but is still pretty alone.
I don't want to give too much away, but I felt like the story didn't really go anywhere and that there were too many unanswered questions. This is going to be part of a series, so I'm hoping that these questions will be answered. I know that not all stories can be positive, but I really do hope that Luce ends up in a better situation.
Overall, I liked Luce's story, but I'm not sure I loved it. I would definitely give the second book in the series a chance before deciding how I feel about it as a whole. There is a lot built up in this book that could culminate into something great. I hope it does!(less)
I think I am a sucker for books where there is a biological problem with people and they either die, bec...moreThis was a very strange, but fantastical book.
I think I am a sucker for books where there is a biological problem with people and they either die, become zombies, or whatnot. I read this book in less than 24 hours!
I have to tell you that I was afraid to read Wither. It had been the object of my desire for SO LONG that I was afraid to read it and be disappointed. I bought it and then it sat and sat and sat on my bookshelf.
So, did it live up to my expectations? Well, I can't really answer that because it wasn't what I expected at all! I knew going in that this was about polygamy, and a couple of boys, but that was about it. It was about so much more complicated than that!
There were quite a few things in Wither that I think were necessary to help illustrate the deeper issues going on in this world. It's easy to get offended by some of the stuff that DeStefano decided to include, but I think she needed to cross that line to show how messed up things really are for these characters. Of course, this is just how I interpreted things.
The action starts right at the beginning of the book, and sets the perfect pace. There are bits and pieces of the past that are spread throughout the book, and I think that the way DeStefano did that was perfect. We know right away that something is happening to Rhine, and we get thrown right into the confusion and are scared right along with her. Nothing is concrete, and she has to tread lightly and try to piece it all together.
Overall, Wither was a unique and intriguing read! The characters were easy to attach to, the storyline was great, and I don't think I've read anything quite like it. The only thing that I didn't like was that I felt like it lulled a bit (just a tiny bit) and then all of a sudden something happened without enough buildup. It really didn't bother me all that much though!
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Book Two in the Chemical Garden Trilogy: Fever. I just can't imagine where it will all go from here!(less)
What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? Divergent has been everywhere, and for good reason: It...more Review from my blog, Little Shelf:
What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? Divergent has been everywhere, and for good reason: It's awesome!
Can you imagine making a choice at 16 that defines every aspect of your future? A choice that will determine who you are, how you act, what your career will be, who your friends are.... I can't. I'm 28 and I still can't imagine making a choice like that.
Beatrice was a great protagonist. She was strong, yet not flawless. She was believable and easy to relate to. I can't imagine a better person to have the story center around. I loved Four also. He was a bit scary and mysterious.
Divergent is a book jam packed with heart stopping action (I feel like I'm advertising an action movie here), and at the same time was also an epic battle of self discovery.
I also love that the cover is pretty unique. Don't get me wrong, I love the covers that have a girl or a pretty dress, but I think that Divergent has a much bigger message behind it, and deserves to have a cover that represents that.
If you haven't read Divergent yet, I highly recommend it. Completely unforgettable. (less)
One of the first things I noticed about this book (other than how sexually graphic it was, LOL!) was the fact that it's...morei won this book on goodreads.
One of the first things I noticed about this book (other than how sexually graphic it was, LOL!) was the fact that it's written so well. The author has a very classic voice that was easy to read.
This book was much better than I originally thought it would be! When I first won the book I thought it would be more of a typical romance novel, but it's not at all. It's very sexually explicit, with many situations outside of the typical tame sex. It's so much more than that though! I was turned off at how raunchy it started off, but I'm glad I finally finished this book. It's not just sex. It has a great storyline to it too.
The Vespertine is written so eloquently! An example (and one of my favorite parts of the book):
"Clasping the balcony rail, I lifted my face to the wind again. It carried the cold, stony scent of fresh water. All my life, the ocean had surrounded me, saltily pushing me to the west. This spring's sweetness offered to carry me away, off to cold, clear lands that I had yet begun to imagine. Eyes closed, I pressed forward a bit more, parting my lips to catch a taste of that promise."
Just lovely. I was hooked on her writing from the very first sentence.
One of my favorite parts about this story was all of the Victorian era details - the parties, the courting rituals, and the dresses. Most of all the dresses! I don't know how an author can manage to write about dresses so well that you want to dress up in one yourself, but Mitchell has managed to do just that!
I really enjoyed the storyline, and it went a bit deeper than I was first expecting. Amelia doesn't exactly conform to society's expectations, but things are going well for her. Then, all of a sudden things become chaotic. The last few chapters had me so tense waiting to see what would happen!
I really like the love connection in this story. I do wish that there would have been more details exchanged between them and more of a build up, but I liked their story nonetheless.
I do have to add that I love the cover of this book. It's so pretty! It's one of the things that first drew me in.
I want more! I want more of Mitchell's writing, more Victorian details, and more Amelia! I am sad that there will be no more novels written from Amelia's point of view, but I'm glad that there will be a companion novel. I will be waiting impatiently for it!
Overall, I really enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend The Vespertine! (less)
I thought that Unearthly was fantastic! I have been craving a really captivating tale about angels, and th...more From my blog, Little Shelf
I loved this book!
I thought that Unearthly was fantastic! I have been craving a really captivating tale about angels, and this one did not disappoint. The mystery behind Clara's purpose was suspenseful and had me wondering the whole time. I thought the storyline was original and engaging. I was so wrapped up in the story that I was actually in tears at one point (I'm dying to tell you why, but no spoilers from me)! There were things that happened that I never thought I would have liked, but then I felt myself surprised, just like Clara.
This is a series, so there are still lots of unanswered questions! Now what?? I have to know! It's going to be a looooong wait until the next one comes out in 2012.
Oh, and can I just say how gorgeous I think this cover is? It's stunning! I don't think that I picture Clara as anything like the girl on the cover, but that's ok - I still love it.
I have nothing to say but great things about this book. Read it! I don't think you'll regret it. (less)
Wow, the girls in this book are so mean! The popular clique at school is just as scary as the vampires. These aren't your vegetarian, sparkling, do-go...more Wow, the girls in this book are so mean! The popular clique at school is just as scary as the vampires. These aren't your vegetarian, sparkling, do-good vampires either. Yikes.
I have to say that I love the newer covers to this series! So pretty! The old cover for this book makes me not want to read it. Yuck! The new covers are so nice. Yes, I am a sucker for pretty covers. I totally admit it.
I liked this story. Overall, it was interesting and had a different take on vampires than the other ones I have read. It wasn't all that predictable, which I like.
I will definitely be continuing on with the series. I hope the next book has more of the vampires (I want to know more about them!) and more of a romantic connection. I feel like the romance in the this one needed some more stuff to back it up and it sort of came out if no where.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to see where the story goes! (less)
I really liked Holly Black's books about the Fae (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), so I'm not sure why it took me s...moreFrom my blog, Little Shelf:
I really liked Holly Black's books about the Fae (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), so I'm not sure why it took me so long to pick up White Cat. Maybe I was afraid that I wouldn't like this book as much since it wasn't about fairies? Well, I was wrong! I liked this book even more than her previous books!
The book starts off right in the middle of action- Cassel wakes up from sleepwalking to find himself on top of his school's roof, stuck. How did he get up there, and why did his dream lead him there? As the story unfolds we are told more about the curse workers and their history, Cassel's ties to them, and why he sleepwalks to his (almost) death. Black does a great job of only giving out little bits of information at a time, and keeps up just enough suspense, that makes the reader keep flipping through the pages. There was never a point where I was bored with the story! I wanted to know more about curse workers, more about his family, more about his dreams and the white cat he keeps seeing.
There were things in the story that I never saw coming. Sure, there were clues that I was satisfyingly able to figure out about little events in the book, but the main plot was still a mystery until it was revealed. The twists in White Cat were awesome!
The curse workers were so interesting! I loved the world that Holly Black created around them. What would it be like if there really were people who could change our feelings, luck, or memories? Black's answer is intriguing.
White Cat is a deliciously dark and mysterious story. I can't wait to dig into Red Glove, the next book in this series!(less)
I really liked this story. At first it kind of starts off like a normal teenage book, but the plot is pretty different. I love that it was cheap for m...moreI really liked this story. At first it kind of starts off like a normal teenage book, but the plot is pretty different. I love that it was cheap for my kindle too! (less)
I really wanted to LOVE this book, so very badly. Wildefire is one of the books that I was looking forward to reading the most this year. I'm sad to s...more I really wanted to LOVE this book, so very badly. Wildefire is one of the books that I was looking forward to reading the most this year. I'm sad to say that I was a bit disappointed. I really did LIKE it, but not as much as I was hoping.
First, I think I must talk about the cover. It's amazing! The book itself is so gorgeous in person. It's feels a bit soft, too. It's one of the prettiest book I have ever seen. I am so stoked that I own a lovely copy to place on my shelf!
One thing that kind of bothered me a bit was the violence. I'm not completely against violence in books, but something about it rubbed me the wrong way. Also, I'm kind of disappointed that I knew ahead of time what Ashline is. The back of the book completely gives it away, even though most of the book Ashline is trying to figure it out. It would have been nice for there to have been a bit more mystery.
I loved when it started getting into the paranormal part. The beginning is a bit slow, but Ashline's story is needed before getting into the good stuff. I loved that we got to know the other character's background stories, too. There are so many other paranormal books out there, but this one was definitely unique. I've never read another book that has what Ashline is. I loved that she was Polynesian, too!
Whoa, the ending is crazy! I'm so intrigued about what's going to happen in the next book! The very last bit is what totally made this book, for me. There were a few surprises that I really enjoyed.
So, after much thought (you have no idea how long I spent trying to figure out exactly what I thought of it), I really did like this story. I've had a few days after reading it to kind of absorb the story more, and I'm liking it more than I initially thought I did. I have high hopes for book two.(less)