I went into reading HEMLOCK not knowing what to expect. All I knew was that I didn't...moreThe Full Review can be found on my blog PARAFANTASY.
I went into reading HEMLOCK not knowing what to expect. All I knew was that I didn't care much for novels with werewolves; in fact, I'd stopped reading them altogether after a particularly bad one about a year ago. I read the back and wondered if the author could pull off writing a story like this and still be able to make it unique and original. At first I had my doubts, but sooner than later I found myself completely engrossed in this book. What I find the most intriguing about this book is the characters. They all have their strengths and their weaknesses; none of them are perfect. I know firsthand how terrible it can be to deal with someone's death, especially a person who was very close to you. People have different ways of handling their grief. For Mac, Jason, and Kyle that's finding Amy's werewolf murderer.
In the world of HEMLOCK those who are infected with Lupine Syndrome are turned into lethal werewolves. When found, turned werewolves are sent away into a government run facility that no one has any clue what goes on in. Then in comes the Trackers; people who have dedicated their lives to finding hidden werewolves, hunting them down, and killing them. Mac has a bad feeling about these people, and for good reason. But for Jason this means a possible chance at avenging the death of his girlfriend who was killed by a werewolf; one that's still on the loose. Throughout the book Mac gradually begins to lose Jason to the trackers, and their intimidating leader.
The pacing of this book kept me on edge. There were times when I felt like punching Jason in the face. And then there were other times where I felt like hugging him. Kyle was a very sweet throughout the book, and I think he might be my second favorite character in the book. The ending and the way things left off between these three was cliff-hanger-rific! I was literally crushed when I got to the last page and realized there weren't any more pages left. Overall, HEMLOCK is a head-spinning novel that you don't want to miss! I highly recommend paranormal readers, especially those like me who had given up on the werewolf genre. (less)
This book was so adorable! I loved it to bits. So different from what I normally read in the YA market. My only complaint is the Lila's complete infat...moreThis book was so adorable! I loved it to bits. So different from what I normally read in the YA market. My only complaint is the Lila's complete infatuation with Alex but I was enjoying the other plots in the story so much that it didn't bother me as much as it normally would've. I read this all in one sitting. SIMPLY AMAZING, AND ADDICTIVE!
Wish they'd sell this in America though. It would've been a lot easier to get ahold of. (less)
I'm going to be upfront with you about this book—Sweet Evil tops the books coming out in 2012 easily. There's no way I can tell you how much I utterl...more I'm going to be upfront with you about this book—Sweet Evil tops the books coming out in 2012 easily. There's no way I can tell you how much I utterly adore this book, which is why I took me forever to write a proper review for it. I'll start off with why I love this book so much. Originality—finally someone who gets it right! Among all the books out there about angels and demons Sweet Evil has the most original take on them that I've read. The whole badge concept and the fact that the Nephilim's sole purpose is being bad influences to humans is pure genius!
The characters. If there's any YA character that is swoon-worthy than Kaidan Rowe is exactly that. Every time he's in a scene of the book I'm practically bouncing up and down with excitement. There isn't a thing I don't like about him. Kaidan is my man. ;) Anna is an amazing female protagonist, and I felt even the side characters were all very well developed. The plot's pacing is perfect. I never felt bored anywhere or felt the need to stop. There was always something interesting to keep my attention. Which brings me to my 3rd reason for loving this—high stakes. The higher the stakes are in a book the more I want to read it. Sweet Evil does not fail in making that happen.
I am completely enamored with SweetEvil. It's one of those books you're only expecting to read for about a half hour or so (because you're busy and have other work you should probably be attending to) and end up reading the whole thing in one sitting, forgetting all the things you had to do that day (Spoken from true experience!). So yeah, even though I've already read this I'm going straight to the bookstore in May to get a shiny brand new copy and will probably re-read it several times until the next one comes out. :)
EXTRA THOUGHTS on the whole cross country road trip, her mother shouldn't have allowed her to go, etc stuff that I've seen here:
OKAY. So if you have read through the entire novel you know that Patti (Anna's mom) knew that Anna was never going to be just a normal person. She knows that Anna is destined for something. NOW Patti is one of those really (and I mean REALLY) religious people, where if she knew that God wanted her to do something she would do it. Now you can't say parents like this don't exist in the REAL world because they most certainly do. She knows that Anna going on the CROSS-COUNTRY TRIP has a great deal to do with her mission, that if she didn't complete it in time that it wouldn't be working well in God's favor. I'm not much of a religious person but I knew a lot of the things in this book was referenced from biblical text.
That is why it makes sense to me that PATTI would allow Anna to go on the trip. If you read the scene about Anna's birth and how Patti came to adopt her it makes sense why Patti would believe that letting Anna go was the right thing for her to do. NOW, if I didn't know any backstory on Anna's birth and wasn't paying attention to her mother's attitude toward religion then I would have thought her consenting to the trip was a crazy idea but that is not the case here. :/(less)
I was completely spellbounded by Spellbound. It was one of those really rare books that clicked with me right from the beginning. After having a taste...moreI was completely spellbounded by Spellbound. It was one of those really rare books that clicked with me right from the beginning. After having a taste of what the author's voice was like I had a feeling that I was going to love this book. The male lead Brendan is on top of my list for swoon-worthy YA chracters. He has this mix of being perfect and completely normal at the same time. And I really liked Emma who was brave, quirky, and smart throughout the story. Out of all the other books I’ve read in the past about reincarnated star-crossed lovers this one is my favorite. The characters were all intriguing, the plot was fast paced, and the authors voice was truly mesmerizing.
I didn't feel like the end of the book was really the end. It didn't feel climatic enough to me. Although most people seem to think this is a stand-alone book I'm more than sure that it isn't. With that said, I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Should you read Spellbound when it comes out in July 2011? I read this book in one sitting, and I have plans to read it a second or third time.This book is a must read!
The Immortal Rules is a gripping post-apocalyptic novel set in a world ruled by vampires, and terrorized by the rabids. My first thought upon reading the summary was “Oh god, the vampires are back in town.” It’s like that awkward moment when a neighbor you didn’t like moves back into town. But these were NOT the human-friendly vegetarian vampires we have met in previous YA novels. These vampires were the REAL blood-thirsty psycho-killer man-eating ones. Just how I like it!
So the beginning starts off as a bit slow. You’re introduced to the world that Allie lives in and her family of fellow unregistered humans who are doing their best to survive. I love Allie’s fierceness and her hold on reality. She never buttered things up, she viewed the world as it was but at the same time didn’t waste her time pitying her miserable existence. That’s kind of what sets her apart from all the other unregistered. She’s grounded and on top of that she has a goal and a purpose—to follow her mother’s advice on how to change the world for humanity.
Kanin was a pretty interesting character. Though we don’t know too much about him, he teaches Allie that what kind of monster you become is totally up for you to decide. Later we meet Zeke. It took awhile for him to appear but when he did I was extremely glad. He automatically brought a bright atmosphere that I felt was needed at that point in the book. He’s kind of like Allie in the way that he’s goal-orientated and believes in something better than the world they live in. He’s an adorable character and contrasts nicely with Allie’s personality.
Overall, The Immortal Rules is a spell-binding read with bite, and characters to route for. Recommended? Definitely. You do not want to miss this!
THOUGHTS ON THE COVER:
Okay so if you've read the summary for this book you know that the character is obviously Asian and of Japanese descent. So why does the girl on the cover AND the book trailer look like she's of European descent? Seriously cover makers? Her name is Sekemoto. It's not exactly rocket science what her race is. I was really disappointed that the cover makers felt the need to change the race of the character as a marketing strategy. “People are more likely to buy a book if the person on the cover looks like them…blah blah blah” The girl on the cover is a model. Seriously, race aside, who REALLY looks exactly like a photoshopped model? Whether the girl was Asian or not would not have affected my decision to read this book in the least. I feel like if we, as readers of YA, do not bring problems like these to light more often then it will allow stuff like this to continue. And it is so WRONG on so many levels!
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Before reading Immortal Rules:
Update # 1: Okay so if you've read the summary for this book you know that the character is obviously Asian and of Japanese descent. So why does the girl look like she's of European descent on the cover AND in the book trailer? Seriously cover makers? Her name is Sekemoto. It's not exactly rocket science what her race is. -_-
Stuff like this really annoys me.
Nevertheless when I read this book I will imagine the main character as how she's supposed to look like. The stupid cover makers can suck it.
I can NOT wait to read this book!!! :)
Update #2: Currently Reading The character describes her eyes as squinty (not to be rude but that's the exact wording in the book) and her hair a black and her last name is Sekemoto. Must I go on? The cover makers got it all wrong. :/
Quote of character description from page. 15 (ARC copy):
My reflection stared at me, a dirty-faced girl with straight black hair and “squinty eyes,” as Rat put it.
Awww! This book was so adorable! I read it all in one sitting. I suddenly have an urge to go to Paris and learn to speak French. i also suddenly feel...moreAwww! This book was so adorable! I read it all in one sitting. I suddenly have an urge to go to Paris and learn to speak French. i also suddenly feel so ashamed that my parents speak French and I hadn't ever bothered to learn it from them during my childhood.
If anyone hasn't read this book yet it's the a perfect light read to cuddle up with over the winter break! (less)
Loosing Faith was a very interesting read. It's very different from the type of books that I usually read. It was very religion based--but still manag...moreLoosing Faith was a very interesting read. It's very different from the type of books that I usually read. It was very religion based--but still managed not to sounds too preachy. I loved the characters, and all the conflicts leading up to the climax. It had me guessing and wondering about what really happened to Faith all the way till when it was revealed. I really liked the authors writing style--it honestly was what kept me reading after the first chapter.
Overall a 4.5
I would have given it 5 stars but then I noticed two spellin/grammar mistakes, and some characters that I think could have been brought to life more. (less)
When I first got this book I was thinking, "another dragon book--ehh" because I've had a bad experience with them after readin...moreparafantasy.blogspot.com
When I first got this book I was thinking, "another dragon book--ehh" because I've had a bad experience with them after reading Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn. But after reading the whole entire thing in less than 6 hours, I realized that this book was utterly amazing. I was shocked by how much I liked it--and the ending left on the most perfect cliffhanger. All I could think of when I was done reading is--I can NOT wait to get my hands on the next book.
I loved all the characters. Will and Jacinda are adorble, and the names of the Draki people were so creative. Jacinda, Tamra, Cassian--I can not express how much I love all of these names. Especially Tamra.
But anyways. Good plot, great flow. There could've been a little more world-building but I'm expecting that to happen in the next book.
After just finished reading the Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa, I am speechless, though I had to come up with words in order to write this review. Here’s my attempt at trying to describe how much this book has amazed me.
Characters- We got to see a side of all the characters that we hadn’t seen in the two previous books in the series. Both Ash and Meghan change a lot throughout the course of this novel, and it shows a lot, especially toward the end of the novel.
Plot- The plot was paced beautifully. I never got bored even once while reading this—there was always just the right amount of tension in every page that kept me flipping the pages. Plus there were many what Holly Lisle likes to call “candy bar scenes” that had me on the edge of my seat.
Dialogue- Then dialogue was so beautiful it made me cry—even when it wasn’t sad. Let’s just say that the things that characters said to each other were very deep.
Writing- I think by now most of you would know how much I admire Julie Kagawa’s writing style and voice, but this book blew me away! I don’t know how she was able to say much in so little words.
Overall - Julia Kagawa has done it again. She has this stunning talent of making her novels just as good as and even better than the last one she wrote. I laughed; I smiled, and even cried a few times while reading this. It was quite an emotional ride. If there’s anyone who still hasn’t read the Iron Fey Series yet I encourage you to check it out as soon as you can—you won’t be disappointed at all. All I can say is when is Iron Knight coming out? :) (less)
Wow! Just wow! This book was a-ma-zing! I didn't want it to end, I was just so infatuated with the wonderful characters and captivated by the excellen...moreWow! Just wow! This book was a-ma-zing! I didn't want it to end, I was just so infatuated with the wonderful characters and captivated by the excellent plot. This book was pure genius! Richelle is amazing and I'm so sad to see this series end. (less)
This book was and always will be my favorite novella. Chistopher Pike is just plain gifted when it comes to words. Read this book if you ever get a ch...moreThis book was and always will be my favorite novella. Chistopher Pike is just plain gifted when it comes to words. Read this book if you ever get a chance to! (less)
This book was an amazing read. I've never read anything quite like this before in the YA genre. The world-building was fantastic and everything just f...moreThis book was an amazing read. I've never read anything quite like this before in the YA genre. The world-building was fantastic and everything just felt so original to me. Keirsten did an amazing job with this and I am really happy that I read her blog--otherwise I wouldn't have found out about this book. The characters were delightful to read abou and although the stakes weren't quite as high I thought they would be I really enjoyed the pace and the solidity of the writing. I'd reccomend Paranormalcy to anyone and everyone. (less)
Saying that I felt stunned after reading the last line of this book and shutting it closed is an understatement.
This book had me on edge for days, and...moreSaying that I felt stunned after reading the last line of this book and shutting it closed is an understatement.
This book had me on edge for days, and was certainly one of the most memorable things I have ever read. I'm so glad I read The Hunger Games, although now that I've read the ending I feel scarred for life.What do you expect from a dystopian novel? Of course there wasn't going to be a sugar-coated ending, but it was the harsh reality that got me into these books in the first place.(less)
From the first page the author has us on our toes all the way through the end. The pacing was perfect and the events were all set in the correct place. The author lets the reader find out things rather than revealing too much (leaving hints here and there and then letting us figure it out later on into the story)—making readers tap into the story more (a very good skill).
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The conflict between the characters had many high stakes. After all, forbidden really is the sweetest. The author clearly knows how to get the reader to become emotionally attached to the characters. All of her characters were developed—even the minor characters played important parts in the plot. She even got me attached to the antagonists (which is really hard to do).
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Julie Kagawa’s writing style is probably the best I’ve read from the YA genre. Every word of her writing seems to pull you into her fantasy-world. No grammar slips whatsoever (I usually find at least one or two in a book). Her writer’s voice is the most fully developed I’ve ever read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The settings were all beautifully described in detail. There wasn't one page of this book I read that I didn't have visualized in my head.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The cover is beautiful and eye-catching. The girl on the cover is supposed to be Meghan. I believe it’s the same model from Julie’s first book The Iron King.
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Personal Reaction: This was possibly the best book I’ve read all year; wait, no, my whole entire life. Well, probably not my whole life, but it’s definitely on my top 3! I guarantee that once you start this book you will never be able to put it down. I read it in 1 day and my mind is still racing with ‘What’s going to happen next’. It’s amazing This book is a MUST READ! (less)