Unlike most of Nicholas Sparks's novels, "The Last Song" didn't grip me right from the start. In fact, it took about 100 pages before I really startedUnlike most of Nicholas Sparks's novels, "The Last Song" didn't grip me right from the start. In fact, it took about 100 pages before I really started enjoying the story, which is told in four different narratives (alternating with chapters). One thing that bothered me in the beginning of the book is the main character, Ronnie. When we meet her she's a spoilt, selfish, immature 17-year-old who's forced (as she sees it) to spend the summer at her father's place in North Carolina with her younger brother --- far away from her home and friends in New York. Ronnie's parents got divorced several years earlier, and she hasn't spoken to her father since. I found her very annoying at first, and the way she acted around her father unreasonable.
By the time I'd read about a third of the book, though, I realized that it was necessary for Ronnie to be the way she was in the beginning, because otherwise the change she goes through over the course of the summer wouldn't be obvious. She learns about actions and consequences, truth and forgiveness, the joy of falling in love, and eventually the pain of loss. The romance between her and Will is really sweet.
This is a book that made me smile, and made me cry. Of course it made me cry --- I don't think that I've ever read a Nicholas Sparks novel that didn't make me cry at some point. The ending of "The Last Song" is neither a happy nor an unhappy one --- it's a little bit of both. Does that make sense? Read the book, and then you'll understand what I mean.
"The Last Song" is not my favorite book by Nicholas Sparks --- that would be either "The Choice" or "Dear John" --- but it still tells a very beautiful story, and I am glad I read it. ...more
"A Rush of Wings" is one of the best books I have read in a long time ... it is compelling, fascinating, a fast-paced thrill-ride from beginning to en"A Rush of Wings" is one of the best books I have read in a long time ... it is compelling, fascinating, a fast-paced thrill-ride from beginning to end, and has a cast of really great characters! I finished it in 2 days, reading deep into the night because I just could not put this book down.
Mind you --- this is not a sappy love story. The romance between Heather and Dante is an important part of the story (and it is very believably written), but it is not THE central part. More than anything, this book tells the story of Dante, and what an incredible story it is! The mysterious, tortured Dante is one of the most fascinating characters I have ever found in a book (kind of reminiscent of Lestat in Anne Rice's earlier novels).
I think "A Rush of Wings" is touted as "Paranormal Romance", but I personally would rather call it a "Paranormal Thriller" ... this dark and violent novel has it all --- vampires, fallen angels, a tortured (literally!) hero, a human (but man-made) serial killer, secret government experiments, and cover-ups at the highest level.
I really can't wait to start reading the second book in the series (already ordered it), which will continue the story of Heather and Dante. And let's face it --- "A Rush of Wings" is only the beginning of the story ... the tip of the iceberg so to speak. I'm already dying to know what will happen next! ...more
I recently read "Some Girls Bite", and I'm happy to say that I truly enjoyed this book ... :o)
The first few chapters were not all that convincing, buI recently read "Some Girls Bite", and I'm happy to say that I truly enjoyed this book ... :o)
The first few chapters were not all that convincing, but Chloe Neill soon hit her stride and by the time I had read the first 60 pages or so I was hooked. The more I read the better (and more interesting) the story became! As soon as I am finished writing this review I will order "Friday Night Bites" (which is the second book in the series revolving around Merit the vampire) because I just have to know what happens next ...
There are several (potential) romances in this book --- between Merit and her maker Ethan Sullivan and between Merit's best friend Mallory and a smoking-hot sorcerer ... and, well, then there is another vampire who wants to win Merit's heart ... ;o)
What I find refreshing (and sadly unusual for this genre) is that Chloe Neill actually takes the time to introduce and develop her characters and the storyline before throwing Merit in a relationship (or into bed) with any guy. Yes, there is sexual tension between Merit and Ethan, and yes, Morgan also does qualify as a potential love interest for Merit, and it will be interesting to see how this involuntary threesome will develop over the next few books --- but there are no steamy sex scenes between her and either one of the two guys in this first book.
So while there is lots of sexual tension and a little bit of romance to be found in "Some Girls Bite", I wouldn't call it your typical paranormal romance book. Instead, it is more an introduction into the world of the vampires of Chicago through the eyes of a reluctant and newly-made vampire.
Chloe Neill slowly builds up her world in which vampires have had their "Coming Out" (similar to the vampires in Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books) and are divided into "Houses" ... there are strict rules and hierarchies, all of which the reader learns along with Merit (who probably never thought there would be so many rules of etiquette for vampires ... LOL).
Funny, witty, likeable characters, a good plot, a fluid style of writing --- this is definitely a great book for fans of Charlaine Harris and Jeaniene Frost! ...more
Loved it!!! This book was just as good as "Some Girls Bite" ... :o)
Merit is a wonderful character --- she's feisty and funny, and I really enjoyed speLoved it!!! This book was just as good as "Some Girls Bite" ... :o)
Merit is a wonderful character --- she's feisty and funny, and I really enjoyed spending time with her (again). Master vampire Ethan is at the same time likeable and infuriating, and the supporting characters are all well-rounded and important to the story (I would have liked to see more of Catcher and Mallory in this book, though).
What I like about Chloe Neill's books is that she actually spends time developing her characters before throwing them into relationships (except for Mallory and Catcher of course).
Whereas in many paranormal romance books the female lead character will end up in bed with the male lead character within the first third of the book, this is not the case for Merit. She does have two love interests, and there's definitely lots of sexual tension between her and Ethan, but --- this book (much as the one before it) is about Merit coming to terms with the changes from human to vampire. A romantic relationship - with Ethan or with anyone else - is saved for the next book (or the one after that ... who knows). I find that oddly refreshing ... ;o)
3.5 stars!!! It was a good enough book, but I really didn't like it as much as the first 4 books in the series. Renata and Nikolai were good character3.5 stars!!! It was a good enough book, but I really didn't like it as much as the first 4 books in the series. Renata and Nikolai were good characters, and the story was interesting, but for me there was just something missing. That special spark if you know what I mean ...!
One thing this book did do, though, is make me curious for Hunter's story ... hopefully we'll get to read that one someday.
Even though this is my least favorite in Lara Adrian's series I will certainly read the other books that come after it....more
2.5 stars ... my least favorite of the series so far. Unlike the first few books this one just couldn't hold my interest. I kept putting it aside and2.5 stars ... my least favorite of the series so far. Unlike the first few books this one just couldn't hold my interest. I kept putting it aside and then taking it up again to read a few more chapters. Finally finished it today, but can't say that I really enjoyed the book (even though I liked the characters)!...more
I really wanted to like this book. I *loved* Spade (what a great character), but I just really didn't care much for Denise. And the story ... well, itI really wanted to like this book. I *loved* Spade (what a great character), but I just really didn't care much for Denise. And the story ... well, it was okay, but nowhere near great ... :o( It just didn't have the same spark that Ms. Frost's earlier books had.
So far I have read all of her books --- I really loved the first three books in the "Night Huntress" series. Then came book #4 in that series, which was quite a disappointment. And now this.
I really hope her next book is going to be better --- otherwise I might have to scratch Jeaniene Frost off my "Must Read Authors" list....more
Another good one in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I just really love these books!
Sookie is such a unique character, and I honestly miss her way of looAnother good one in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I just really love these books!
Sookie is such a unique character, and I honestly miss her way of looking at life and her sarcastic-yet-true-to-life comments whenever I am not reading one of the books in the series.
Charlaine Harris has created such an interesting universe and so many characters, and I am always amazed at how she manages to make (almost) all of them appear at least for one or two scenes in every book.
Already looking forward to book #9 (Dead and Gone) which I will be reading shortly ... ;o)...more
My least favorite of the Sookie Stackhouse books. After this one I actually stopped reading the series, and only gave it another try after I watched sMy least favorite of the Sookie Stackhouse books. After this one I actually stopped reading the series, and only gave it another try after I watched season 1 of "True Blood".
Thank god that the books get much better again starting with book #3....more