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)
I tried to like this book. I really did. This book is a good example of that saying "Do not just a book by it's cover". The character's were all plain...moreI tried to like this book. I really did. This book is a good example of that saying "Do not just a book by it's cover". The character's were all plain--I don't think even a single one of them managed to wow me. (less)
Originality- I liked the aspect of it being about immortality, but I felt like I’ve read som...moreElixir by Hillary Duff Book Review
Originality- I liked the aspect of it being about immortality, but I felt like I’ve read something like it before. Like Evermore by Allison Noel. 3/5
Characters- I thought Clea was an okay protagonist. It was interesting to follow her side of the story but then again, I couldn’t really connect with her. I loved the other minor characters though—like Clea’s best friend. I loved her! 4/5
Dialogue- The dialogue was great. I really connected with it, because as a teen I know what it’s like to read a forced attempt of an adult trying to sound like a teen—and there was none of that in this book. 5/5
Plot- The plot was very well planed out. I liked the twists and turns. The beginning felt a little slow to me, but when more characters start to come in the pace starts to pick back up again. The ending was kind of abrupt though. 3.5/5
Setting- The book had multiple settings. I never really got a good picture of the surroundings, but she did a good job of it towards the end of the book. 3/5
Voice/writing- Hilary’s voice was great! I loved the fluidity of her words—it didn’t sound forced at all. And the grammar was just fine. 4/5
Cover- I love the cover! The purple flower and the fonts are very eye-catching. 5/5
Overall a 3.5/5 It was great but it didn’t really grab me much as a reader. That extra something wasn’t there that usually pulls me into the story—and I think that problem centers on originality. I recommend that you read it. Who knows, maybe it might interest you more than it did to me. It wasn’t a bad book. It’s just that it wasn’t the best either.
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)
Unearthly follows Clara, a girl who’s part angel and part human. She keeps having a vision of saving a boy, Christian, from a forest fire. Th...more3.5 stars
Unearthly follows Clara, a girl who’s part angel and part human. She keeps having a vision of saving a boy, Christian, from a forest fire. That vision is her “purpose”. Clara moves from sunny California to wintery Wyoming to fulfill her vision. But then things start to go awry when she realizes that she’s falling in love with Tucker.
Unearthly was a lot different from the other angel books I’ve read. And by different, I mean different in a good way.
Clara is a great protagonist! She interesting, funny and quirky. In the beginning of the book I didn’t really like the male lead. He was…too perfect, but when another male lead came along I fell head over heels for him instead. My only real complaint was that the ending left me really confused. I didn’t really get any closure from it. For the most part the plot was fast paced and each page made it impossible for me not to turn the next—not to mention the really good writing, and awesome dialogue. I highly recommend that you check out Unearthly.
Release Date: May 10th, 2011 Publisher: HarperTeen Author: Amy Plum
The story starts off with Kate and her sister who moved to Paris after the death of her parents. Kate deals with the pain of loosing her parents by keeping to herself while her sister, Georgia, does the opposite. Her sister’s only way of dealing with her parent’s death is by surrounding herself with people and going to parties all the time. Kate becomes a regular at a café where she goes to read and distract herself. There she meets Vincent, a deathly handsome guy who captures her interest almost immediately. As Kate becomes more involved with Vincent and his eerily beautiful family she starts to notice strange things about them.
All in all I really enjoyed reading Die For Me. The first thought I had while reading this was “Finally something new!” I completely loved the whole concept of revenants a.k.a the undead. As for the characters I have to say that I am a big fan of Vincent. His feelings for Kate felt very sincere to me. Kate’s sister Georgia added a less serious tone to the story so I liked her a lot for that. Vincent’s ‘family’ was also pretty cool. I especially liked his brother Ambrose who really lightened up the atmosphere. I liked Kate a lot even though sometimes I couldn’t quite connect with her in the beginning of the book. The plot was paced nicely so I ended up finishing this in one sitting. I highly recommend you read Die For Me. It’s a must read this May! (less)
I would have given these book 4 stars if the ending didn’t leave me so utterly confused. There’s usually at least one small thread of hope left after you read a dystopian novel but for this book I saw none at all. It may be just me but I think that defeats the purpose of a dystopian novel.
But overall the book was amazing! This is the type of dystopian novel where the person living in the dystopian world begins to see the corruption of their seemingly perfect society when an outsider points it out to them. The romance between Lenah and Alex was believable and well developed. I also really liked her best friend, Hana, even though she wasn’t really what I thought she was like in the beginning of the book.
The world-building was great! I found it really hard to try to imagine a world without love, and if that did ever happen Delirium is a life-like portrayal of it. Hopefully the abrupt ending actually means that there will be a sequel because I’m definitely looking forward to finding out more. I have some theories about there being a rebellion. I’ll just have to wait and see. Would I recommend Delirium? Yes—to all the dystopian fans out there you should definitely give this a shot.
I'm not going to lie--for the majority of the time I was reading this book I was angry. Really angry...moreRead full review on my blog P A R A F A N T A S Y
I'm not going to lie--for the majority of the time I was reading this book I was angry. Really angry. Not angry as in I didn't like it, but angry as in "How could [insert character] do that to [insert character]?" But if a book managed to make me feel so angry that I wanted to rip a character's head off then that's because I was involved in it enough to do so. Which means despite all the things that happened in Goddess Intterrupted and how predictable some of the plot was, I was really engaged in this book.
Why was I so angry? Henry is infuriating in this book.
Everything he does is like a slap in the face to poor Kate--and yet somehow she manages to put up with it. She tries her best to make it work and he keeps pushing her away. Kate's mother basically uses her for most of the book. The only reason she gave birth to her only to become Persephone's replacement, and to keep Henry alive. And whenever Kate thinks about confronting her mother about it she thinks of her mom dying from cancer. The thing is her mother CAN'T die from cancer and she never could because she was immortal, so I didn’t understand why Kate kept bringing it up all the time. Things get even worse once Persephone comes into the picture, Henry's first love who he spent eons mourning over because she dumped him and ran off with Adonis.
Persephone is described as selfish and mean. I expected that since I read the summary, but I kept wishing that there was at least one redeeming quality about her so that I could understand why Henry (and another character I can't say without giving away a spoiler) loved her so much. But there wasn't. Which leads me to the conclusion that a) Henry is a lot more pitiful than I already thought he was for his unrequited love for someone who abandoned him and b) he should appreciate Kate all the more. Unfortunately that does not happen that way until the very end of the book; and after everything he did and said to Kate I still find it kind of hard to forgive him. He has a reason for the way he treated her, but I felt like it could've been foreshadowed more in the earlier parts of the book.
When Kate wasn't worrying constantly whether Henry loved her or not (which takes up whole chapters of the book), I thought her character was strong and engaging to read about. I loved her courage in this book. And the ending, oh the ending. It's one of the biggest cliffhangers I've read so far this year! It was shocking and completely unexpected. With that said, I will be patiently waiting for book 3! :) (less)
Release Date: April 19th, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Author: Aimee Carter
Debut novelist Aimee Carter wrote an enticing novel that revolves around the Greek myth of Persephone. For those of you who don’t know about Persephone the story goes that Hades, the God of the Underworld, abducts Persephone and makes her Queen of the Underworld. But then she eats some seeds so that half the year (during the spring and summer) she stays with her mother, and the other half the year (during the fall and winter) she goes back to the underworld with Hades.
I loved how Kate was always so concerned about her mother, making sure that her last days alive were spent in the best way possible. I loved the tortured soul of Henry, and his grief over Persephone. I also really enjoyed reading about the way Kate and Henry’s romance grew throughout the book. The twists are hard to see coming, so I was surprised at every turn. My only complaint about The Goddess Test was in the character development. I felt like there was something missing in the characters, particularly Henry. Maybe the ‘something’ that was missing will be revealed in the next book in the series.
I really loved the ending of this book. It was shocking and leaves you wanting more. The Goddess Test was the most un-put-downable book I’ve read in awhile so I would definitely recommend that you head to the bookstore when this comes out this April. (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!
I thought I’d start off this review by saying that I loved the three previous books WINGS, SPELLS, and ILLUSIONS because of how well all three managed...moreI thought I’d start off this review by saying that I loved the three previous books WINGS, SPELLS, and ILLUSIONS because of how well all three managed to pull off 3rd POV while still focusing on the characters enough so that you never felt distanced from them. Although I felt like a lot of the things that happened in the book were slightly predictable, DESTINED was a great end to a series I loved and I’m so sad to see it end.
Tamani. Gosh, I loved Tamani. His thoughts and personality light up the pages of the book. His situation with Laurel picks up right where ILLUSIONS left off. And let me say, those two are absolutely adorable together. David wasn’t as present in this book until more toward the end, but he played a huge role in saving Avalon and I enjoyed the parts of the book where he finally got his shining moment.
I do really wish that this book ended with a bigger bang rather than the way it did. There were a few poignant instances in which DESTINED pulls a Deathly Hollows over on us, but I felt like I knew it was going to happen way before I was supposed to. I loved that we all finally get to learn all about the evil villainous Klea in this book. She’s a cold hearted murderer and I have absolutely no sympathy for what happened to her. At all. I was actually kind of shocked by how reluctant they were to do away with her after all the horrible things that she did throughout the course of the book.
As a fair warning if you want a truly happy ending then don’t read the epilogue. But if you’re more into the bittersweet type endings (like me) you’ll read on and find out what happens to all the characters. I’ve been following this series for years, and now that it’s the last book it’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. I highly recommend this last installment to all those who loved the WINGS series. (less)
Everneath started off for me as a book that kept me turning the pages mostly because of the...moreYou can see my full review at blog: P A R A F A N T A S Y
Everneath started off for me as a book that kept me turning the pages mostly because of the amount of things I didn't know. What exactly is the Everneath? Why did Nikki have to stay huddled with Cole for a century & where? Why did that person betray her? What happened in the past that I don't know about that the rest of the characters in the story do? Among many other questions I had running rampant in my head that day.
I sighed and began to think that this was one of those stories where you're kept completely in the dark until the very last few chapters, and until then you're left wandering aimlessly...confused. BUT this was not one of those books. The more I read the more the pieces began to fit together. And I found as the small details began to materialize in front of me that the story got quite addictive. Now, with most of my questions answered I was able to really think in depth about what was going on between Nik, Cole, and Jack and the mystery that was the Everneath. I still feel like the characters haven't really explored the Everneath, but I'm almost 80% sure we'll find out more about the place in the 2nd book. I have a feeling the protag will want to go take a visit there for awhile (just a guess though!)
At first I had a hard time connecting with the protagonist—Nikki—because of how distant she was. But then later I find that there's a reason for that: Living in the Everneath has drained her of her emotions. As the affects of the Everneath fade Nikki's true character begins to show, and I loved seeing the real her with all her emotions intact. I felt like she was a great heroine. Her actions in this book tell me she's not the type to stand in the background and watch things happen. She caring, and adamant in making her vision become a reality (even if she knows the odds are really against her). I loved Jack! He's not an Everliving with super powers. Just an regular human guy with a great personality. And although Cole was the antagonist of this story, I found myself feeling pity for him throughout the whole book. I pictured him constantly as a hurt puppy. (Don't ask me why). You can tell that he's not entirely evil just by reading the dialogue, and he really cares for Nikki....but he's a bit selfish. He will get what he wants at the expense of other people's lives. But then, he's an Everliving so what do you expect? Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am really incredibly excited to read the next one. Hopefully the wait won't be that long. (less)
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)
The two words that best describe my feelings after reading DEFIANCE are bittersweet confusion. First I would li...moreThe huge scary thing is a dragon…right?
The two words that best describe my feelings after reading DEFIANCE are bittersweet confusion. First I would like to point out that it took me awhile to realize “the Cursed One” was actually a dragon. Call me slow but they never actually call the creature a dragon. I guess it was up for the readers to figure it out and I got it like halfway through the story. The thing flies (I think), it breathes out fire, it’s huge enough to cause everyone in the entire continent to fear it and build huge walls to keep it out. Yeah, sounds pretty dragon-ish to me. Once I figured out the whole dragon thing I got this medieval feel of the book, but then at the same time I got a steam-punkish feel from all the talk about technology. I guess in the end the only real genre I’m sure I could put a label on this is fantasy.
Introducing Merida's twin, Rachel...
Rachel is a fiery character with equally fiery red hair and a desire to wield a weapon and fight. She is not at all concerned with being the average Baalbooden girl like the evil commander wants her to be. I read this book shortly after watching the Disney movie Brave so she pretty much looked like Merida to me the entire novel. Logan is the guy who (sort of) turned her down when she confessed to him one day. I feel like the whole I-hate-you-cause-you-rejected-me vibe readers get from the beginning of the book is completely overrated once you actually read how things really went down. The first huge turning point of the novel is when things started to slow down for me. The beginning was like an adrenaline rush (meaning I read it pretty quickly without putting it down) and then it just…stopped. Then finally when I made it to the end it was all types of confusion and abruptness. So many things happened in the last chapter that could’ve been spanned out a little more or even carried onto the next book.
My feelings for DEFIANCE are pretty split. It started off great, with characters I found interesting and a world I was keen on learning more about. Heck, I was even fascinated by the descriptions of the gadgets and took joy in reading those. Then towards the end….the excitement sort of fizzled out. I have always had troubles with books that pull what I call the “Deathly Hallows” trick over the readers unless it’s necessary to the plot and makes sense. I did not feel the Deathly Hallow string of events in DEFIANCE was necessary, for the plot or for Rachel’s character development. It would have been better suited for a later books in this series. Overall, I recommend this book because I loved the first part of it, and it's nice seeing a female character who is more into saving others than being saved. To me this feels like something people will either love or shelve as DNF.
Many thanks to Edelwiess and Baltzer + Bray for providing a copy for review. (less)
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Not Just A Pretty Cover...
In the past year I have been beyond frustrated with the Bad-Book-A...moreYou can find this review + giveaway on my blog PARAFANTASY
Not Just A Pretty Cover...
In the past year I have been beyond frustrated with the Bad-Book-Amazing-Cover trend. A lot of these books have made it into my Did Not Finish (DNF) pile because I could not get through them at all. In spite of my initial feelings that Auracle might turn out to be another BBAC, Auracle manages to do its beautiful cover more than enough justice and more.
Why this is NOT a BBAC...
What I loved most about Auracle wasn’t the world-building or the romance-plot, but the main character Anna. She was funny, quirky and a protagonist I could easily connect with. Anna can astrally project herself at will, leaving her body for hours at a time while she goes around the world. This is basically the only supernatural part about this novel. It’s not explained why or how Anna is able to do this. When Anna was young her father had an accident that took away his ability to walk and since then he’s become a wreck using alcohol as a medium to cope. I felt sympathy for Anna who lost her father (mentally) to alcoholism. I also felt bad for Rei for somehow thinking that he could please everyone at the same time and never himself. He was sort of the thread that held his family and friends (Seth and Anna) together. Then there’s Taylor, the Antagonist who wants someone to understand her and like her for her. She takes possession of Anna’s body to continue her desire to keep on living. Taylor is almost sure that there’s no heaven for her and avoids going to the afterlife. Although I usually flat out hate the antagonists of books I read I felt really bad for Taylor.
What didn’t work for me...
This probably isn’t really a reason for me to be dissatisfied about in a book but I really wish the book was a longer. I was just getting used to the new developments happening in the story and then just like that it ended. I literally stared at the last page for a full minute willing more words to appear on the paper. I wanted to find out what between happened to Anna and Rei and figure out why exactly Anna has “Auracle” abilities. Another thing that didn’t work out for me was the “I suddenly realized my best guy friend since diapers was hot” cliché. I look forward to the day when that and love triangle cliché stop appearing so constantly in YA. There are some books that suit the clichés so well that I thoroughly enjoy reading the love triangles stories. They have been in literature for ages and I don’t ever expect them to completely disappear. But otherwise—I’m tired of them. I want something new and riveting. (less)
Ethan: Pshh...with my super bad boy skills. Yeah right.
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Bully: "You're so going down you freak"
Ethan: Pshh...with my super bad boy skills. Yeah right.
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Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them... I wanted to be whisked away once again back into the faery world of the NeverNever when I picked up The Lost Prince, and boy did I ever get what I asked for! Exciting, thrilling, captivating. There is never a word quite good enough to sum up my feelings after reading Julie Kagawa novel. All I can say to those who have loved her work before—yes, she’s done it again. But this time, from the point of view of the cynical bad boy (yes, you heard that right) Ethan Chase.
All grown up and broody... Ethan Chase is all grown up. For those of you who have read the Iron Fey series you’ll remember that he is Meghan’s little brother who has the rare ability of being able to see the Fey. And he absolutely hates it. The fey bring nothing but trouble and misery to Ethan and his family. To protect those he loves he keeps himself at a distance from anyone foolish enough to get close to him, and thus far in his life he’s been pretty good about shutting people away...that is...until he meets McKenzie St. James—the beautiful girl with long dark hair, and the complete inability to take no for an answer. Try as Ethan might to scare her away, her stubborness along with his beating heart refuses to listen to good reason. I loved Kenzie in this book! What a pleasant character she is.
The big sister crisis...Oh, Meghan... Ethan Chase and his family have been abandoned by his sister. Meghan. Now that she’s The Iron Queen she’s stopped coming back to visit him. For all Meghan knows Ethan could be dead. Not that she would care. Meghan has a whole new life now—one that excludes her human little brother who misses her so much sometimes that it hurts. Over the years Ethan's developed a bitter hatred toward her and Ash for taking her away from him. And you know what? I’m just as pissed off at Meghan as Ethan is—maybe even more so. Are you telling me that she could not even be bothered to call her own brother on his birthday or even just call to let him know that she’s still alive? I don’t care what excuse Meghan comes up with in future books, how she neglected Ethan is %100 percent NOT okay. Unforgiveable. Especially the part about Kaidan, and I can’t even talk about him without giving away any spoilers. Oh Meghan, what’s gotten into you? Seriously, I’m so confused.
Overall a stunning first novel to a series I can see doing very very well! I loved the cynical, brooding voice of Ethan Chase and I absolutely cannot wait to find out what happens in the next installment of this new series. This will definitely be one to watch! (less)