I've had high hopes getting into this series, The premise very much appealed to me. I love the idea of the Soulmate principle, an connection so strongI've had high hopes getting into this series, The premise very much appealed to me. I love the idea of the Soulmate principle, an connection so strong, nothing can break it.
You can kinda tell this book was to prepare you for the series. I thought the beginning to the point when Poppy dies as an human was well written. I really liked the James/Poppy relationship and the emotional intimacy when their minds linked was breathtaking. I also loved Phillip, he was an great secondary character. But (view spoiler)[after Poppy "died" (hide spoiler)] i felt it dragged on an bit, and as it was close to the end L.J. thought (view spoiler)[*Smacks forehead* "I forgot about Ash coming and the Night World consequences! I know! i'll cram them together!" (hide spoiler)] Still, The ending was touching and made up for it.
4 of 5 Stars
Daughters of Darkness
This one was my Huge favorite of the omnibus. I thought Ash was kinda an ass in SV but i loved his growth here, His and Mary-Lynnette's story was beautifully written. I laughed, I cried. I loved the way they struggled with the Soulmate principle, it felt realistic. I kinda wished we saw more of his sisters, the way the girls defended themselves was Awesome. also I wish we saw more of Jade/Mark and even Ash's POV when he realized (view spoiler)[Mary-Lynnette was his soulmate. (hide spoiler)] *Sighs* I loved the obvious Rear Window references. XD<3
4 of 5 Stars
This one felt very well rounded. an good balance. I knew(view spoiler)[Eric fell for Thea way before the spell casting took place, (hide spoiler)] Also i liked how Blaise wasn't as bad as i thought she would but it was messed up what happened to Randy O_o I absolutely loved Aradia! Dani vaguely reminded me of Bonnie though. The ending...Wow i can't wait for Circle Daybreak! *fingers crossed*
4 of 5 Stars
I definitely recommend this series, just keep in mind these were written in the mid 90s.
Back when everyone was looking for something to compare to or be better than Twilight, I'm sure some of you have, at least, come across Vampire KissesBack when everyone was looking for something to compare to or be better than Twilight, I'm sure some of you have, at least, come across Vampire Kisses.
Despite the fact that it's a vampire love story, the first book focuses more of the moral of rumors, gossip and judging people. It also focuses on developing Raven's character and how she had been obsessed with vampires and being an outcast from a young age so don't expect too much Raven/Alexander lovin' moments in this book.
It does suffer from flaws, though. The characters come off as hardcore stereotypes that it might be seen as a parody, exclamation points are used constantly though they get toned down in the second book and the book is much bigger then later ones because of what would be considered filler such as Raven's story about her and Jack Patterson when she was twelve though it's not completely random.
The timeline is really iffy in this book and continues on in the Kissing Coffins and Vampireville. When Jameson gets tickets not long after the Halloween incident, he states they are for Nov 1 but it should be WAY past that day and we get told days passed but it's already the next month!
The writing feels a bit, as someone once said, ditzy.
However, I'll end on the positives. Raven is not exactly your stereotypical goth because she's way more perky and more joking than obsessed with death, Schreiber's comedienne talents do show since there are many laugh out loud moments and she also keeps you guessing whether or not Alexander is even a vampire.
I recommend this series if you'd like fluff but can handle the flaws....more
After her vampire soulmate unexpected leaves at the end of the first book, Raven is heartbroken until she's inspired to go after him.
This book is whenAfter her vampire soulmate unexpected leaves at the end of the first book, Raven is heartbroken until she's inspired to go after him.
This book is when things start getting stronger in terms of writing and plotting. The structure is better developed, the mythology and backstories are better explained and more importantly, we finally get more Raven/Alexander relationship development! But joking aside, Schreiber improves with the sequel which shows in Vampireville. Especially since two new reoccurring characters make their debut.
One of my biggest problems with Raven in this book though, is she never really thinks of the sacrifices of her desire to become a vampire. She only focuses on what she thinks are positives and paints this perfect picture of her being Alexander's Vampiress which really are shallow things compared to what she's actually giving away. I suppose you could argue that Schreiber is having Raven still hilariously living in her dream fantasy before reality might hit. Not to mention Raven was acting a little dumb, regarding Jagger.
The timeline is still off here, since we have no clue when the Snow Ball dance as well as the Welcome to the Neighborhood party took place (aside from December) back in the first book. Even though it had been two days since Alexander left, Raven goes on Spring Break to look for him. How did two months pass in two days? Oh and Trevor having blue eyes was a mistake since from this book onward, they are now green.
That being said, I'm still enjoying my reread and highly recommend this improved sequel....more
Alexander and Raven struggle to get rid of Vampire twins Jagger and Luna Maxwell before Luna makes Trevor Mitchell not only a vampire, but her eternalAlexander and Raven struggle to get rid of Vampire twins Jagger and Luna Maxwell before Luna makes Trevor Mitchell not only a vampire, but her eternally bonded.
Schreiber's writing and plotting continues to get stronger. Raven definitely sounds more mature than when we first met her and I'm happy that Raven is finally starting to realize how much she'll sacrifice should she become a vampire.
I must admit, though. Maybe it's because I finished rereading The Vampire Diaries now too long ago but I'm starting to notice similarities between Alexander and Jagger with Stefan and Damon. As well as the use of a grim reaper costume. Hmm.
I have to say, I'm not a big fan of (view spoiler)[of Schreiber's backtracking with Jagger going from being a vengeful vampire to a misunderstood one who always wanted to be on the soccer team. I like him being a "normal" vampire, we already have Alexander so there's no need for us to pity Jagger. (hide spoiler)]
Still, the series is getting better and better....more
Alice Laxton is an young collage student who -diagnosed with schizophrenia- finds her life in turmoil yet reminiscent of the classic heroine's adventuAlice Laxton is an young collage student who -diagnosed with schizophrenia- finds her life in turmoil yet reminiscent of the classic heroine's adventures in Wonderland as well as Through the Looking-Glass.
I've always been fascinated by Psychology since i was younger, the way the mind works is so interesting. To see things from Alice's troubled POV was frustrating yet i completely related to her. while i'm not Schizophrenic, i feel we could all relate. dealing with our inner demons, those voices in our head that keep us down, tell us we're not good enough and never will be, fighting to keep control of our lives, our very selves... had me in tears every few chapters.
I highly recommend this, I think it's Melody's best i've read so far.
“I welcome each new day with a hopeful expectancy that I, too, will rise above the ordinary. For I am not content to live a merely "normal" life or settle for an average existence. No, I am destined for more--much, much more.”...more
Since reading the foreword for Life and Death, I'm much more confident that Midnight Sun will be finished sooner. Just a little more waiting until theSince reading the foreword for Life and Death, I'm much more confident that Midnight Sun will be finished sooner. Just a little more waiting until there's enough time....more