What would life be like if you knew everyone's deepest, darkest secret? What if no matter wh...moreFrom Little Shelf, my blog:
What a unique story!
What would life be like if you knew everyone's deepest, darkest secret? What if no matter what you did, when you were alone with someone they were drawn to you and compelled to tell you the worst things about themselves?
That is Persey's reality. It was so awful to have to live that through her! It was like never being able to escape all the bad things in the world. In fact, the leader of The Underworld himself is attracted to her! It's no wonder she loves to escape her life by burying herself in books.
I thought that Losing Beauty was so well written! Johanna Garth is a truly talented writer. Every moment was filled with something that left me wanting to know more. The entire time, there was this mystery lingering in the back of my mind... why is Persey like this? What is it about her that people can not resist? What is really going on here?
I was not a fan of most of the people in Persey's life. I don't think that is a flaw in the book or the writing, but of Persey's ability itself. How can you get close to people when you aren't sure if they're attracted to the real you, or this thing that makes people want to be around you? Losing Beauty is part of a series, and there is one character in particular that I think I may grow to love. I hope so!
It seems like Johanna has foreshadowed that this will turn into something much bigger and crazier! I get the feeling we've only just scratched the surface. Oh, and random comment, but I love that she's named Persephone (Persey for short). I think that her name might be some sort of clue as to where we're headed. That's just pure speculation, though. :)
I'll definitely be reading the rest of the books in this series! The end of Losing Beauty was satisfying, while at the same time still left me wanting to know more. I have to know what happens next! (less)
I didn't see this one coming! Sure, I knew there would be some time travel, a love interest, and an adventure, bu...moreFrom my blog, Little Shelf
I didn't see this one coming! Sure, I knew there would be some time travel, a love interest, and an adventure, but this was so different from what I was expecting. It was also funny, erotic, and engaging!
The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale is so different from anything else I've ever read. It's quirky and fun, but also hot! This book is definitely for a mature audience! Let's just say that there really wasn't anything left to the imagination ...
The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale is a pretty quick read, at only 25,900 words. That, and I didn't want to put it down! If I had one negative thing to say about this book it would be that I wish it were longer. I would have loved this as a longer, more developed novel!
I have to mention the cover of this book! It's so unique. I love it! The title is fabulous too! Both are perfect for this little story.
I'd definitely recommend this book to adult readers looking for something a little different. I believe it's only available as an e-book. At under $3, it's totally worth it! (less)
First, let me say that the end of this book is not included in the book itself. I stayed up all night, completely engrossed in the story, only to not really get an ending. Ugh! At the end of the book it tells you to go check out the website. They have an excerpt there that is (I suppose) the final chapter. You can find that here (but don't read the bonus material until you've read the rest of the book, obviously): http://www.redridinghoodbook.com/
I am pretty annoyed that the end is not included in the book. It feels like I have an incomplete copy or something! What about future generations that pick up this book?? Ok, rant over. Maybe I'll just print it out and stick it in the book.
So, this book is written based off of the movie coming out. Basically, Catherine Hardwicke (the director of Red Riding Hood) decided that there was so much to the story that she enlisted a friend to write this novel. I was skeptical at first, but this book is wonderful.
I loved this story. The author's narrative is just breathtaking! I really felt like I was reading a fairytale - well, a bit of a scary fairytale! I loved how well she painted the scenes. I can't even articulate how amazing some if the imagery was! I'm hoping that we see more novels from Blakley-Cartwright.
This setting is a bit reminiscent of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village. There is a town that is haunted by a creature (in this story, obviously it's a wolf) and the town lives in fear. This book doesn't go in the same direction as that movie, but as I was reading, I couldn't help but feel like the tone of the towns were the same: creepy. dark. a bit paranoid.
There is a bit of a love triangle in this story. She comes to love one man, and her family wants her to love another. Both are great and I found myself liking both of them. Either one would give her a great life. But what to choose? The man you love and have always had a deep connection to? The safe bet that can take care of you well and that you wouldn't be unhappy with? Maybe even someday learn to love?
Then, there is the whole aspect of the wolf. The big, bad, terrifying wolf. It's a werewolf that may just be a person whom lives amongst them. This causes paranoia that anyone could be the evil creature they are all afraid of. Is it one of them?
I feel like I also need to talk about how gorgeous this book is. The cover art is captivating: The way the girl is drawn, her red hood billowing behind her. The way the shadow of the wolf seems to be right on her heels, never letting her fell the slightest bit safe. The touch of red only on the girl and the blood splatters. I adore it. The inside of the book is just as lovely. It has pretty detailing at the beginning of the chapters and even have "once upon a time" written at the beginning. LOVE!
This was a fabulous read, and I'm glad I gave it a chance. I was captivated from beginning to end. Other than the ending not really being in the book (who does that??!), I don't really have anything bad to say.(less)
This time the book focuses mostly around Lucien and Anya. While I didn't attach to these characters...morefrom Little Shelf, my blog:
This series is awesome!
This time the book focuses mostly around Lucien and Anya. While I didn't attach to these characters as much as I did to Ashlyn and Maddox (from the first book), this book was still equally great. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series!
Anya was a bit annoying at times with the way she talks (think valley girl teen speak "like, oh my gosh" kind of stuff), but I soon forgot about her annoying ways and grew to truly like her. She is completely misjudged by all of those around her as promiscuous because of her mothers reputation. It's no wonder she acts the way that she does!
Lucien was a great character! He is one of the warriors that are inhabited by demons - his being Death. He has to usher souls to their final resting place. I loved reading the suspenseful turmoil he goes through as he fights himself about doing what is commanded of him, and what he wants. His background is heartbreaking and I was completely engulfed in his and Anya's struggles throughout the whole book.
So, this is random, but I love that Lucien has one blue eye and one brown. It makes him all that much more mysterious and alluring.
The Darkest Kiss was all about a forbidden love, and it was just as yummy as The Dark Night. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book! (less)
Moon Spell far exceeded my expectations! I knew that it had to be a pretty decent story since all of my friends on Goodreads (that have read it) rated...moreMoon Spell far exceeded my expectations! I knew that it had to be a pretty decent story since all of my friends on Goodreads (that have read it) rated it highly. I knew that I'd probably like it. I didn't expect it to be this good, though! Honestly, I could see this story sitting on the shelves in bookstores, it's that good! I know that it can be hard to determine which indie authors to read, and which to skip. You definitely don't want to miss this one!
In this story, the paranormal creatures were created by the Greek Gods, long ago. That was such a genius history for them! I love that Samantha combined Greek mythology and the paranormal. How unique!
Samantha writes such well rounded, developed characters. They're fleshed out and flawed - making them totally relate-able and real. I love Caia, the main character. She's still young and learning about herself, but overall she's a really strong person. The other characters are great, too! There were times that I just adored the other people in the story, and then there were times that a character's actions just infuriated me! I want to rant all about a certain person and their choices, but I won't spoil the book for you.
I really loved the romantic tension. It's killing me, but in a good way! I can't wait to see where the relationship is headed in the next two books. The story line is sooo good, too.
The only thing that keeps this story from being absolutely perfect is that there were a few grammatical errors that I noticed. HOWEVER, I do have a previous version of the story, and Samantha tells me that the version that is available to buy currently has had some grammatical revisions. Also there were a couple times I got a little confused about who the author was talking about and what was going on, but it quickly resolved itself. Other than that, this story was awesome!
The great thing? If you buy these as ebooks, they are so cheap! I can't even tell you how much I love a good deal, and these are definitely a bargain.
I am so glad that I have the next two already loaded on my kindle, because I can not wait to see where Caia is headed!
Oh, and I wanted to add that this book is definitely more of a young adult book than a young teen book. There is sex and language in here that may only be suitable for those who are a bit older. (less)
What I really loved about the book is that the author, Elizabeth Laird, does a fa...moreFrom my blog Little Shelf
Historical fiction fans will love this book!
What I really loved about the book is that the author, Elizabeth Laird, does a fantastic job of immersing the reader into the turmoil of the seventeenth century Scotland. It's one thing to read a bunch of facts, but another to live it through Maggie Blair. I felt like I was going through all of the struggles right along with her! I enjoyed reading about the people, the clothing, the food, and just the day to day life during that time.
Maggie is surrounded by both sides of the spectrum: those who would give their lives to show their devotion to God, and those who do not hold any religious beliefs. What does Maggie believe? Where does she fit? On her way towards understanding her answers to these questions she goes though so much, and matures immensely.
Want to know what is really awesome? The author based some of the characters and events around her own family history! She tells all about it at the end of the book, in the foreword. Maggie's story is fiction, but I love that the struggles that she went through were very much real.
I'm having a hard time discussing this book without spoilers, so I'm just going to say that I liked it and if you like historical fiction, I really think you will too. :) (less)
I have to say that I liked the first book more, but by just a little bit. With the first book, we get the u...moreA great addition to the Tale of Lunarmorte!
I have to say that I liked the first book more, but by just a little bit. With the first book, we get the unique paranormal world built upon the history of the Greek Gods, and the excitement that goes along with the newness is hard to beat. With that said, River Cast was still a great book with lots of mystery and detail.
In this book, we get to hear from Jaeden's point of view, too. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like that, but it definitely added to the story and made it more well rounded. She really added so much more depth to the story! Jaeden rocks.
There was a new love story in River Cast, and it was great! I love Ryder! I think I like him even more than Lucien! He is caring and knows exactly what the object of his affection needs.
Caia does seem to suffer from a desire to be strong by handling problems by herself instead of letting others know what is really going on. She tries to handle it all herself, and kind of alienates herself by doing so. She is a very caring and selfless character, though: giving up what she really wants for the good of her pack and the rest of the world. She's definitely growing up and learning how to make tough choices. (less)
I am really liking this series. I feel like the storyline is pretty unique. I find the way that the city of Morganville kind of lets the vampires run...moreI am really liking this series. I feel like the storyline is pretty unique. I find the way that the city of Morganville kind of lets the vampires run things very interesting. The characters are pretty well developed as well.
I really wish there was more of a build up with the romance though! I feel like a relationship is just all of a sudden there without a whole lot to back it up. I need more!
I also want to know more about the dynamics with the vampires. I feel like the author is kind of hinting and slowly letting us know about them, which I guess is the right way to do it. It's keeping me intrigued!
Overall, it's a pretty good series so far. I'll definitely be continuing on with Claire to see what happens to her and the city of Morganville! (less)
This book made me uncomfortable. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing! Well, obviously, because I gave it 5 stars. Rose's situations is j...moreWow.
This book made me uncomfortable. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing! Well, obviously, because I gave it 5 stars. Rose's situations is just insane! It makes me wonder, what would I do in her situation? Could I risk others for the one I love? How far would I go?
Gah, there is so much I want to say, but I refuse to post any spoilers. I hate to have a story ruined for me, so I won't post anything else, but it's killing me!
Now I have to try and wait patiently for the fifty-something people ahead of me waiting for this book at the library. I might just have to cave and go to Powells and see if they have a used copy I can get my hands on. (less)
This time the story isn't about Mary, like in the last book. Instead, it's about a girl named Gabry, and it takes place muc...more From my blog, Little Shelf:
This time the story isn't about Mary, like in the last book. Instead, it's about a girl named Gabry, and it takes place much later than The Forest of Hands and Teeth (about 15 years or so, I think). At first I was disappointed when I learned that we weren't going to be reading from Mary's point of view anymore, but this was perfect. We were still able to learn about what happened to Mary after the end of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and then at the same time we were given a whole new story with Gabry.
The Dead-Tossed Waves was just as insane as the first book! It was stressful and depressing and scary... I loved it! I think that might sound a bit crazy, but trust me - it's awesome.
I don't know how Carrie Ryan managed to take the mesmerizing world she built in the first book and then develop a second, equally awesome story, but she has! I'm dying to see where she takes us in the next book, The Dark and Hollow Places. (less)
Ashlyn was such a neat character! I really liked her. She has the ability to...more From Little Shelf, my blog:
I loved this book from the very first sentence!
Ashlyn was such a neat character! I really liked her. She has the ability to hear what every person has ever said at the the spot she is currently standing. It's completely overwhelming and has taken up her whole life, making her lonely and somewhat of an outcast. I felt scared and alone right along with her.
The warriors were fascinating! Each one has a different demon that he shares his existence with, and is constantly battling to not let it over take their life and destroy everything around them. The Darkest Night centers mostly around Maddox, who shares his body with the demon Violence.
When Ashlyn and Maddox meet, the chemistry is captivating! I loved every minute of their stories as they intertwined. It was steamy and forbidden... and just yummy!! Love, love, loved it!
What a fantastic fantasy world Gena Showalter has invented! I must read every single book! Each one centers around a different warrior, and I'm eagerly anticipating reading about each of their fates! (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)
I was so excited when Kristen (the author herself! Aahhh!) asked me if I wanted a review copy of this book! I may have even goo...moreCompletely fascinating!
I was so excited when Kristen (the author herself! Aahhh!) asked me if I wanted a review copy of this book! I may have even googled her email address to make sure it was some scammer or creepo wanting my address because I was shocked that it was really her. :P I was a little scared to get her book and not like it. I am a pretty nice person and I can't stand hurting someone's feelings, especially on something like a book, where they have put so much of themselves into it. Plus, it has one of the most awesome covers! I was afraid that the book wouldn't live up to the amazing-ness that is that gorgeous cover.
I worried for nothing! I loved everything about this book. The cover and the story are both equally stunning.
One of my favorite things about Blood Rights was the world they lived in. The vampires have a royal hierarchy, and they even have differing levels on whom they feed upon. The commare are the top tier of the vampires prey. They are decorated in gold signum (lacy gold markings that are kind of like tattoos), and are treated really well by their vampire patrons. This definitely was unlike any book I've ever read.
The characters were also great. I loved Chrysabelle! She was strong and smart, and yet still a bit naive and sheltered. Mal was dark and moody, yet so wrong about how he sees himself. This story is told by multiple points of view, and it was done fabulously. It built up suspense and enriched the story so much more than it would have been if it had been just from Chrysabelle's point of view.
This was the first book in a good, long time that I had to force myself to not devour in one sitting. You know when you find a book or series that is just so awesome that you have to try really hard to pace yourself and not rush through the whole book at blinding speed? Blood Rights was that for me. I never wanted it to end! Thank goodness there will be more books after this one.
The story builds at a slow, mesmerizing simmer. I loved how Kristen took her time building up the world, the characters, and the storyline. Yet, at the same time it was never boring! I just wanted to soak up every last detail. There were jaw-dropping twists and turns that I never saw coming.
I know, I know, I am gushing about this book! Honestly though, it's one of my favorite books of this year. I highly recommend you pick this up. It's awesome. You might also like:
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)
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'm surprised that more people haven't yet read this! I'll be honest, I wasn't too sure about it either. I saw that Kristi (The Story Siren) liked it, and they had a signed copy at Powells, so I bought it. I'm so glad I gave it a chance! Perhaps the cover is to blame for it being overlooked? I don't think the cover fits this book well. If they didn't have a signed copy I would have just bought it for my kindle.
Anyways, on to the actual story!
France was such an enchanting location for this love story! A castle set in the French countryside all by itself is romantic, but add Caitlyn's story and it's near perfection.
This story had so much awesomeness! There was a dreamy love interest, aforementioned enchanting location, a mysterious storyline, nightmares, and possible time traveling. Whoa, right?
The mystery aspect was really great. It had a The Da Vinci Code feel to it, without being a blatant replication. I was never one hundred percent sure what was really going on.
I really liked Caitlyn's love interest too! I felt my heart start to race whenever she encountered him.Yummy.
The only thing I really wanted was more! I wish that this story was a good hundred pages longer (it could have been, easily). I felt like the end was wrapped up a little too quickly; I didn't want it to be over!
I'd definitely recommend picking this book up and giving it a try!(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 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)
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)
The dynamics between all of the characters in this book was so interesting. There were so many...moreFrom Little Shelf, my blog:
I really enjoyed Nightshade!
The dynamics between all of the characters in this book was so interesting. There were so many social levels, and I was surprised that the wolves weren't on the top. Their history was really interesting, and all of their mannerisms were pretty amusing. Their wolf habits often crept into their reactions while in human form.
The one thing I had a hard time connecting with was the love triangle. I feel like it was a bit shallow, like there was no real connection other than physical. I think that Cremer fixes this over time, and by the end it didn't bother me so much anymore. I don't know if I'm team Ren or Team Shay. I can't decide! I think that will depend on the boys' actions in book 2. It seems that both of them truly have feelings for Calla, but I feel like she doesn't know what she wants, because she's never had the chance to think about her future for herself.
I am really excited to see where this story goes next! I have a feeling that it will just get better and better! There are so many questions that I can't wait to have answered. (less)
I loved all of the little details about Paris that Amy Plum weaved into the story. The descriptions were en...more From Little Shelf
This book was so charming!
I loved all of the little details about Paris that Amy Plum weaved into the story. The descriptions were enough that I felt like I was sitting with Kate at a cafe, without Paris being the overwhelming, cliche focus. It felt real and quaint. Now I really want to be there!
One of the things that I really appreciated about this book was the lack of typical teenage high school junk. I don't typically like to read about the day to day school stuff. I'm really glad that Amy left that out. Yes, Kate is a teenager in high school, but that does not define her (which I think is true for most teenagers, no?).
This was one of those stories where I really feel like I could grow to love the characters. Not that I didn't love them now, that's not what I mean. You know when you read a series, how sometimes you just really get attached to the people in them? Then the more you read, the more real to you they become, and you have a genuine attachment to them? That's the direction I see this series going for me. The people in this book are starting to feel familiar and warm.
Die For Me could easily be a great stand alone book, but I am so grateful that it's not. I am really looking forward to getting to know Kate more, along with Kate's family and the revenants. (less)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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 really, really enjoyed this story. It's a young adult book, but I don't think you need to be a young adul...moreI won this book on goodreads. So exciting!
I really, really enjoyed this story. It's a young adult book, but I don't think you need to be a young adult to enjoy it at all. I loved that the writing style reflects an older, more classic book than the typical young adult book does at the moment. It takes place in 1804, so I suppose it would have seemed a little weird to have it read like a more modern young adult book.
Not that you should judge a book by it's cover, but this book really does have a beautiful cover. I enjoy a good cover, I'll admit it.
I felt like this story was not predictable at all and I had no idea where it was going. I've been reading many fantasy books that have to do with magic and supernatural creatures, but this one was refreshingly different.
I want more of this world that Putney has created!(less)