This is a very original vampire story. I really like to find myths with new edge. I found the story entertaining, intriguing, and fun. The author did a great job of drawing the reader into the story and engulfing them in this new world.
It is set in the modern world with an academy for Dhampirs and Morois. The Dhampirs are trained to guard the Morois and the Morois are taught to adapt and blend into the world outside the academy. The characters are well written and I felt invested in them throughout the story. The friendship between Rose and Lissa is realistic and seems easy even though circumstances seem to work against them. Rose is smart, sarcastic, and can really kick some butt. It is always refreshing to find a heroine that is not whiny and can hold her own. The book does have a romantic relationship in the making, which is forbidden. I enjoyed the chemistry and the tension between Rose and Dimitri, it has a real fun edge to it and you can’t help but cheer them on. I think the character building in this story is really what gives it oomph.
The story is action packed, thrilling, humorous and romantic. It will keep you on your toes, guessing what's around the corner.
I think that you should grab this book from a friend, the library, or the store and settle down to read it. At the end you will be wanting the next installment. I know I did. (less)
I am one of the first to say, there really is very few really good YA mysteries. Well here is one of the few. This is a good mystery! Holly black does a wonderful job with the twist and turns. There were so many things in this book, that I just didn’t see coming. There were a few things I figured out before hand, but only a few. The story is original, I love the idea of a world full of curse workers. It had my mind going. How easy it would be to be something bad when it would be so easy to get what you wanted when you wanted. Cassel is the main character and I really like him. He comes from a family of curse workers that are con artist. He is trying not become like the rest of his family and stay away from cons. There is really only one thing that seems to be getting in his way. He thinks he killed his best friend. I really can’t say too much without giving anything away, so find yourself a copy and get comfortable!(less)
I had my eye on this book for a long time before I actually picked it to read it. I was wary over the first few pages, the writing style was a little...moreI had my eye on this book for a long time before I actually picked it to read it. I was wary over the first few pages, the writing style was a little simpler than I was used to, but once I got into the story, I fell in love.
Sabine has physic powers. At her last school she had visions of a boy dying and she failed to stop it from happening. After his death she is kicked out of the school. She in turn goes to live with her grandmother who lives on a farm and starts a new school. She is not thrilled about the idea of her mother sending her away but a fresh start could do some good. Sabine meets some new friends, finds a boy she has a crush on and everything seems to be going great… until the visions start again. After trying to ignore them, she finds herself uncovering a mystery to save a life. Along the way she starts dating, confides in a friend, learns to have fun, and meets a very hot farm hand that she wants to go away.
I really enjoyed this book. It was questionable for me at the very beginning, it is a very simple and quick read and I was worried there wouldn’t be any meat to the characters or story. After a while I was able to enjoy the writing style and found myself liking the characters and lost in the mystery. It was very fast paced and a lot of fun.
The characters were very cliché’ but I really didn’t mind. The story is more about the mystery then strong character growth… which I find as a breath of fresh air after some deep reads. I was able to connect to the characters on a simple enjoyable level. I felt I knew them and they were not too predictable, and found them very likable. Even though they were cliché’ I found myself enjoying the relationships build and grow. I liked the romance and the friendships, each relationship unique. Sabine was a likable character. At times she did get on my nerves, she did make some stupid decisions and she was whiny at times. By the end of the book, I really liked her. I also really liked Manny, one of my favorite characters. He is smart, sarcastic, and a real brat. He knew what he wanted and went after it. I also like Penny. She is annoying at times because she is really perky, but she shows to be a great friend. The only one I didn’t feel a connection too was Josh, he seems pretty cool, but wasn’t a strong voice in the book. I hope to see more of him in the future. The tone of the book was very fun, the writing style was quick and simple, but the book never felt rushed to me.
I had a lot of fun with this book and plan to read the rest of the series. I would recommend it for fans of mystery and those who love a book that is light and quick, nothing to deep or thought provoking. (less)
I really didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Monster High. It sounded fun but I was not sure if it would fun and light or dark and dreamy or f...moreI really didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Monster High. It sounded fun but I was not sure if it would fun and light or dark and dreamy or funny and cute. This book had a little of it all. (a little more fun and light then dark and dreamy) I found it in the YA books, but I would say it’s more for the younger teen crowd, although I enjoyed and some older teens may. The books are very clean and very fun.
The book is centered around a two main characters. We have Melody who is a human and Frankie who is a monster. Melody moves into a town where the majority of her neighborhood are monsters, classic monsters. While Melody is trying to get used to the move, new house, and new school, Frankie is in another house just waking up from being created. Frankie does not want to hide. She wants to go to high school and make friends, live a normal life. Frankie’s parents reluctanltly approve and this is where the two lives collide.
I can’t help but love every character in these books. I love their personalities and their names. All the monsters are classic monsters who have names that pretty much told me who they are. There is Frankie Stein, Clawdeen Wolf, Cleo De Nile, Draculaura, Lagoona Blue, and many more. I would not be able to name my favorite character. They are all so fun and quirky.
The book has a real feel good vibe about the book. It’s about fitting in, believing in yourself, and accepting others, but with the humor, mystery, and thrills of High School Monsters. This is going to be a series to keep on my shelves. (less)