What are you doing at this very moment? Okay. I'm gonna need you to stop. I'm gonna need you to stop and drop it and get this book. Get it now. BecausWhat are you doing at this very moment? Okay. I'm gonna need you to stop. I'm gonna need you to stop and drop it and get this book. Get it now. Because things happened in this book and Lela? She's a girl worth reading about. She's strong and capable and a survivor. She's sacrificing and selfless and the kind of heroine worth fangirling. And Malachi? I might want to have his babies. Might. possibly. This may be a thing that happens I don't know I don't think it's possible but if it were, it could happen.
There is so many awesome things that happen here. There's sacrifices anAnd history and weird creatures that are kinda like spirits and also kinda like vampires and maybe snakes. There's fights and guards and ass kickings and it's basically everything I'd ever want in a book about going to hell to rescue a friend. I'm not saying it's the best thing that ever happened but it's up there and it's glorious....more
Damn. Damn damn damn. You know what I was not expecting? To be so ridiculously attracted to an Arum. That's what I was not expecting. We've spent, whaDamn. Damn damn damn. You know what I was not expecting? To be so ridiculously attracted to an Arum. That's what I was not expecting. We've spent, what? Three books now over in the Lux world talking about how horrible evil OMGNO the Arum were and then here comes Hunter. Hunter, who makes me feel things. IN MY PANTS. Hunter, who turns me into a giddy school girl excited about shadows and life force sucking aliens.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME, ARMENTROUT? THIS ISN'T NATURAL.
Once upon a time, in a mystical land of weirdness and wtfery, a land we'll call 2008, I was younger and dumber and easily impressed. During this time,Once upon a time, in a mystical land of weirdness and wtfery, a land we'll call 2008, I was younger and dumber and easily impressed. During this time, the series we all love to hate, Twilight, came to be in my possession. I was weak and foolish and because I didn't know better, I found myself smitten with sparkly vampires and whiny Mary Sues and it wasn't until Breaking Dawn and Pedowolf made an appearance, falling in love with a freaky hybrid infant did I shake myself awake, look around, and wonder WTF I was doing. They sparkled, for God's sake! They sucked the marrow from animals! They were not vampires. They were fairies with a penchant for house cats.
I was so ashamed.
Fast forward to 2013 and an older, more jaded Penryen. A Penryen who is rightfully disgusted with her 2008 self. The Host is being made into a movie, and while I had avoided the book lo these many years, I decided to give it a shot, because surely, surely, it would not be as bad as Twilight. Everyone insisted that it was, in fact, better. More mature. Not as rage inducing. Meyer didn't even seem to have the vendetta against free will that she did in the Twilight series. We've all grown up! I thought. We've learned from our mistakes!
But oh. Oh we have not. And I am including myself in that because there I was. doing what I said I wouldn't. Reading another Meyer book. But you didn't get me this time, SMeyer. You didn't trick me. I am better now! I am not that same girl you bamboozled in 2008. I happen to LIKE free will. In fact, I've found I'm actually a bit of a feminist. All this talk of people belonging to others doesn't fly with this girl. This violence, repeatedly, against a woman isn't quaint or cute. I am not impressed. And the length, dear God, were you paid by the word? Half of that could have been cut and it would have been a tighter, still just as horrible story.
in conclusion: never again, Meyer. Never freaking again....more
There's so many things I could be talking about right now. So many things. Because so many awesome things happened in this book. But all I can thin a
There's so many things I could be talking about right now. So many things. Because so many awesome things happened in this book. But all I can thin about is: WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE NOW THAT IT'S OVER....more
The last Morganville Vampire book I read was number 12 and, well, it wasn't very good. But I was commitThis review & others can be found over at:
The last Morganville Vampire book I read was number 12 and, well, it wasn't very good. But I was committed to the series and they probably saved my grandma, so I decided I owed it to the Glass House Gang to keep going, to finish what I started. Thank goodness I didn't end it with number 12.
Bitter Blood was back to that delicious crackfic like quality I loved so much about books 1-11. Things kept happening, there were ghost hunters digging around and Captain Obvious was back and shooting people IN THE FACE and taking down vamps, but only sorta, not really, and people were back from the dead and Hannah was getting canned from her new job as mayor and WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH AMELIE ANYWAY. Also. Hey, Monica. Still a raging bitch?
"So, pre-school, did you follow me in here to profess your gay love or what?"
Claire and Shane were still adorable and slightly dysfunctional and Michael and Eve are all wedded blissed out and causing major problems because EW. INTERSPECIES RELATIONSHIPS. GROSS. And then there's drama there and it's unnecessary and so effing delicious because ANGST. IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER....more
I did not think it was possible for Armentrout to create a character that I loved more than Obsidian's Daemon. I mean, it's Daemon we're talking aboutI did not think it was possible for Armentrout to create a character that I loved more than Obsidian's Daemon. I mean, it's Daemon we're talking about. He of the inner light and super freaky alien moves and possible glow worm private parts. Daemon. He of all my fangirl dreams.
That was before I met Aiden St. Delphi.
OH, AIDEN. CAN WE HAVE BABIES? WE SHOULD HAVE BABIES. SWEET LITTLE HALF-BLOOD BABIES.
I loved Alex in all the ways and for all the reasons I loved Vampire Academy's Rose. And yes, yes, I get the parallels between the two books. I see them. I recognize them. I understand that this angered a great many a people, but you know, even with the similarities that were there, even with Alex bearing a resemblance to Rose, there was enough differences there, subtle at times, that I didn't feel like I was reading the same book. Listen, there's room enough on our bookshelves for two kickass, strong heroines who happen to belong to a super secret society and school that pumps out warriors against bad guys. We can have more than one. It's okay. It's even okay that Aiden is training Alex in the same way that Dimitri trained Rose after Alex and Rose spent time in the mortal world. Aiden is not Dimitri and the Covenant is not St. Vladimir's and while Alex and Rose share an awesome gene, they are not the same person either.
There's a lot of things I could be talking about here, the Apollyon, the freaky weird daimons, the pureblood-halfblood caste system, Lucian because WHAT IS HIS DEAL, the emotional conflict of Alex and her mother, KAIN BECAUSE SERIOUSLY THAT WASN'T CREEPY AND HORRIBLE NOT AT ALL, and maybe I'll touch on those things later. Or maybe I won't. Because like an addict, I went and bought the rest of the books in the series before I was even halfway through this one and now they're beckoning me from my Kindle.
Okay, truth be told, I didn't want to kill Spark with fire but the awful did kind of burn but really, how could I resist shelving this book on those sOkay, truth be told, I didn't want to kill Spark with fire but the awful did kind of burn but really, how could I resist shelving this book on those shelves? BECAUSE HE CONTROLS FIRE. GET IT?
Oh, God. I'm so clever.
1am thoughts after finishing: the girls in these stories are all about their tears, aren't they? Just crybabying it up all over the place. I don't like criers, and yet, I didn't feel the need to burn down villages and Kleenex warehouses. I don't know. It worked. BARELY.
Also, the whole lot of them are blushers, are they not? Everyone in the Elemental universe just runs around red faced. Lot of fair skin, I'm guessing. Not a lot of time spent out in the sun. They should work on that.
OH GOD WHY DO I LOVE THESE BOOKS LIKE I DO?
It has this Outsider appeal somehow. What with the older brother raising the younger ones (STAY GOLDEN, PONYBOY!) Things keep happening. I LOVE when things happen. Almost as much as I love boys with an edge. If they happen to CONTROL FIRE? Oh, hey. I'll just be over here. FANGIRLING....more
I'd say this is more like 3.5 stars, for the record.
I was sent a copy of this book by Law Reigns in exchange for a review. And I gotta be honest here,I'd say this is more like 3.5 stars, for the record.
I was sent a copy of this book by Law Reigns in exchange for a review. And I gotta be honest here, I was terrified of it. I left it sitting in my Kindle library for weeks, afraid to start. Then I started reading, only to keep stopping. "OMG, what if I hate it? What do I say? MY BAD REVIEWS ARE SO MEAN! Do I pretty it up? Do I take the honesty route? What do I dooooo?"
Finally I decided to put on my big girl panties and just do the damn thing. If I hated it? Well, I'd cross that bridge when I came to it. If nothing else, I could gush about the title, right? Because, let's face it, that's a freaking fun title. And the cover is a little magical. Those are some nice jeans. I wonder if I could borrow those jeans?
The beginning was hard to get into. We get to know both Blissany and Don, and there's a lot of world building and backstory that has to be established while still moving forward. Reigns manages this, but only just. At times, it feels like a massive info dump and if there's anything I hate more than Insta-Luv, it's info dumps. So I struggled to stay involved, trying to get everyone straight. Okay. Here's Don. Childhood was kinda a mess. He's Asian. Here's Wanikiya. He's the redeemer? And maybe a sorta preacher? And a prodigy? And maybe at least part Native American? Ah, and there's Demi, who's a bitch but I think we're supposed to overlook that for now because she's Blissany's best friend. And Blissany. Homegirl has some issues and fruit colored hair and fleshy legs? And...now there's all these fairy/angel types? It got a little overwhelming, basically. Between the characters, their backgrounds, the realms and the war, I felt like I was chasing my tail trying to keep up for awhile.
The story itself was original and fun, pretty heavy on the romance and a little...bland? on the action. BUT! This is a paranormal romance (& good Lord, was there a lot of romance. Practically a love hexagon going on up in hurr!) but it does have enough action to appeal to the dirty action junkie in me.
My only complaint was that I felt like a good 30-40% of this book could have been cut and the end result would have been a tighter story. There was a lot of extras and it made the book pretty bloated. But all in all? A pretty damn fun read....more