Taycee’s hometown, Shelter Springs, is going way downhill due to financial issues. Its residents can not...moreThe Bachelor meets Shelter Springs, Colorado….
Taycee’s hometown, Shelter Springs, is going way downhill due to financial issues. Its residents can not afford to stay around because the farming business has not been good. The solution? Taycee’s best friend creates Shelter’s Bachelorette. It is reality TV Show’s The Bachelor meets American Idol. Voters can choose which bachelor will stay and move onto the next round. If the show is successful their town will be saved and the farming families will not have to move out. Taycee thinks this is a great idea…that is…until she finds out who the bachelorette is.
Could they be any cuter...?
Luke is Taycee’s best guy friend from her childhood who left and never came back. He doesn’t even bother to give her a call, and she’s been troubled by it since the day he left. When he finally shows up again old feelings and fuzzy memories start coming back and she’s fallen for him all over again. Taycee and Luke are absolutely amazing together! They’re both very fleshed out and quirky characters. I especially enjoyed the parts about Taycee’s addiction to curly fries. Yum! And the sweet dates that he had planned out for her were amazing. The banter between them is so incredibly fun to read. Luke and Taycee were the perfect couple and seriously had amazing chemistry together. I almost teared up a bit at the end. It was so perfect how things turned out.
What I had a problem with…
The only thing that really bothered me about the book was mostly Taycee’s friend, Jessa. She came up with the bachelorette idea and made Taycee the star of the show without her consent. At first it was okay, but she increasingly became more pushy in forcing Taycee to string along guys who she didn't care about. Guys who were actually serious about a relationship with Taycee and not in it just for show. I feel like no best friend would ever do this to someone they cared about while hurting other people in the process. She's willing to force Taycee to risk the most important person in her life for her obsession with getting more money through votes, even though Taycee never agreed to being bachelorette in the first place. She also tried to force Taycee to fall for one of the guys, and made Taycee feel bad for not being romatically attracted to him. Seriously? Who does that? In the end, I didn't even feel like it was about saving the town for Jessa. It was more like an obsession she couldn't get over and that she was willing to hurt and stomp on anyone in order to get it--including her best friend. If I were Taycee I could never have forgiven her.
Overall, The Reluctant Bachelorette is a nice quick read with characters you come to care about. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about girls from small towns, incredibly sweet romance, reality television, and curly fries. (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)
This book is very jumpy. There's insta love. There's a cool black and white stiped circus. Magic! And LOTS of it. I was anticipating to dislike the wr...moreThis book is very jumpy. There's insta love. There's a cool black and white stiped circus. Magic! And LOTS of it. I was anticipating to dislike the writing style because of the weird quotes people kept posting, BUT when I actually read the book I ended up loving the writing. It's beautifull, so much so that scenes that could've been really boring were actually quite interesting to read.
The quotes people were extracting from this book and putting into their reviews just weren't particularly good ones and I feel didn't really show off this author's true talent. I found them somewhat misleading...overall I really enjoyed this book.
The ending had me a little peeved but otherwise a pretty unique story. Two circus illusionists destined to battle to the death since childhood. I've seriously never read anything quite like this before. (less)
**spoiler alert** *CAUTION! THERE ARE SPOILERS FROM DEITY. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.*
I have to say that I was very impressed with Deity. As always in this...more**spoiler alert** *CAUTION! THERE ARE SPOILERS FROM DEITY. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.*
I have to say that I was very impressed with Deity. As always in this series I can always count on there to be constant humor and breath-taking, sizzling moments between the protagonist and the love interest. The way Aiden and Alex’s relationship grew in this novel was so darn cute! I am extremely happy about how things turned out between them. As for Seth…I kind of want to smack him around a little and then blast him with some of that Akasha he seems to love so darn much.
Now for the problems I had with Deity: *eye twitch* The author portrays the Gods (Apollo, Artemis, Hades) as a bunch of teenagers. O_o Nothing about these "gods" seemed particularly otherworldly or wise or anything. They might as well have been teenage Pures who were pretending to be the Gods. Mythology buffs would be rolling thrashing around in their graves if they ever read this book.
There are some MAJOR plot holes. Besides the beginning where Laaden gives a note to Alex (not in person by the way) she vanishes from the novel. This character seems to be only a plot tool that can just prance in whenever it’s convenient for her to do something that causes trouble (i.e given Alex a love potion or whatever) then never return to the novel again.
I CAN NOT take the antagonists seriously. (^Yes that one deserved it's own line)
Lucian is a complete IDIOT and Seth is a love struck puppy-robot-psychotic-killer thing. I’m sorry but I like my antagonist with a brain,you know, something worth being worried about. In my opinion Lucian is not a proper enough threat for the novel, and Seth’s reasons for going bad were laughable. I seriously don’t know what to make of the two. I honestly kept waiting for someone to come out and say it was all a joke. You mean to tell me that NONE of the gods are able to take down Seth (one Appolyon) and Lucian (a whimpy Pure). Right…because I SO believe that. I’m not even sure how they even survived that tsunami/ earthquake thing.
The random twists and turns at the end had my head spinning like crazy.
The ending made me want to throw something off a rooftop. Have I mentioned my hatred for Seth yet? Yeah, at the end I sort of wished that teenage-mutant-Apollo had managed to stab him by then. Why didn’t I notice how pathetic his character was in the previous novel?
So in the end what did I get from reading DEITY? The answer:
TEAM AIDEN ALL THE WAY!
(In my mind Seth has already fallen off a cliff and had a ridiculously cliché death) (less)
The Vampire Kisses novels aren’t the best of books. They don’t have the best quality of writing, especially in the department of showing vs. telling. The dialogue is cheesy—the whole book is really. BUT, despite all this—I love it to death. This is the only book I can read for pure enjoyment without caring about how cheesy it is. It reads almost like a middle grade novel even though it’s YA so it’s easy for me not to take it the cheesiness too seriously.
Why have I followed this series for years till this very last 9th installment?
Because once upon a time in middle school I picked up this book and lost myself completely in its pages. It’s a quick read and Raven and Alexander were unapologetically dark, quirky, and different. I couldn’t get enough of them. The town called Dullsville was a place where being anything other than normal was almost taboo. Raven stood out like a sore thumb with her unconventional clothing and obsession with vampires. Then Alexander Sterling moves into Dullsville and completely shakes her world. I somehow expected to fall out of love with this series as I grew older and the time spans between the novels release dates grew wider apart (way longer than usual), but I never did. Reading Immortal Hearts is like jumping back into my middle grader mind for awhile and reminiscing about a time where books turned from instruments of torture to something wonderful and exciting, and a much needed escape from the real world. That is my reason for loving this series despite its many fault, and why I continue to love it. I am so sad to see this series come to an end.
What went wrong, and what went right.
Immortal Hearts didn’t have the momentum of previous books. Conflict in Immortal Hearts only lasted for a chapter (barely) before it was resolved. At times I felt like the author just gave up and decided to make all the bad characters good and let everyone have their happy ending just to get it over with; which is pretty much how the story went. A lot of the plot are candy bar scenes with mini surprises every once in awhile that weren’t really surprises. Despite how predictable the whole thing was I’m extremely glad I finally got to see the happily-ever-after of Alexander and Raven. (less)
I went into this book wanting to like it and enjoy it. And I did, I loved it. The tension h...more**************CAUTION, BELOW CONTAINS SPOILERS************
I went into this book wanting to like it and enjoy it. And I did, I loved it. The tension had me on edge. Seth was amazing and I loved him. Aidan was kind of annoying but I loved him too. I really really wanted to read this book without constantly having the sinking feeling that I’ve already read it before, except written by a different author and with a different name (Vampire Academy). The second book of the Half Blood series was rumored to be more original than the first and because I loved the author’s writing and enjoyed the humor in the first book I wanted to give Book 2 a shot despite my annoyance with book 1.
The similarity crisis strikes again!
Okay, I’ve given up on trying to separate the two. From now on I will be calling the main character Alexrose because, honestly, they are so alike they might as well be the same person. Also, might as well throw in Aidimitri since Aiden and Dimitri are sometimes even more alike than Alex & Rose are. Just to make this a lot less confusing, cuz I honestly mixed them up throughout the entire book.
Aidimitri breaks Alexrose’s heart by saying they can’t be together anymore because they would get in trouble when the higher ups found out and he lies and tells her he doesn’t love her. *Aww* Now I gave this the benefit of the doubt because a great majority of paranormal YA novels have this type of situation, and honestly I saw this coming from book 1. He leads her on all throughout the book and then he goes cold on her when he realizes he's lost control of his mask. (Again, classic YA paranormal sophomore novel).
Caleb/ Mason (Alexrose’s best male friend) dies and Alexrose is left emotionally scarred (Book 2 of vampire academy, anyone? This one shocked me senseless. It was the first sign that this book would not go Vampire-Academy-less like I hoped it would).
It turns out Lea/ Mia who is a PURE can actually fight. Really…are you kidding me? No no, no, no, no, this is definitely not a coincidence! Mia/Lea, the mean girl Pure, can somehow now fight off Daimons/Strigoi after her parents died? Please.
Alexrose then goes to council/court where all the Pures/Moroi’s hate her except for one, which leads me into the next one that threw me over the edge:
Introducing the newest stolen character: Laaden AKA Tasha, the only Pure/ Moroi who doesn’t hate all the Halfs/Dhampirs. She also turns out to (might) be evil. Wow! You had me there, I did NOT see that coming. At all. (Very heavy sarcasm there, in case you didn’t notice).
Then Alexrose gets an aphrodisiac drink (*cough* necklace) that makes her lusty and she almost ends up going all the way with Seth. (Again, Vampire Academy all over again)
Meanwhile, the supernatural bond between Alexrose and Sethalisa (Seth + Lisa) is growing and they’re starting to be able to sense each other’s thoughts and feelings. And whenever Sethalisa is with a person intimately Alexrose can sense it. (Remember the whole Lisa + Chrsitian thing where Alexrose would see every time they were having an intimate moment. Yup Sethalisa for sure guys)
Each time these things came up and I kept banging my head against a wall. But, I loved the book and could not stop reading it!
I’m starting to think the only reason I like it is because I loved Vampire Academy. I feel kind of torn between wanting to be mad at this book for blatantly copying off of another, and seriously liking it for being so similar to a book I loved.
If you miss Vampire Academy, and you don’t mind head-banging similarities, would I recommend this book? Yeah.
BUT...... (now this is a very important but)
If you haven’t read all the Vampire Academy books I highlystrongly recommend you read those first!
Why? Because Half-Blood isn’t nearly half as good as Vampire Academy was. In the VA series I liked the characters a lot better, the setting a lot better, and the plot way better. Everything felt more…alive in the Vampire Academy series.
Then after you've read it go on to read Half-Blood as a not-so-very-different not-so-different-at-all spin off series. (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)
Germany in World War 2…but with vampires The whole entire book could be summarized as just that: Events from World War 2, Germany and the Holocaust—but...moreGermany in World War 2…but with vampires The whole entire book could be summarized as just that: Events from World War 2, Germany and the Holocaust—but with vampires thrown in for good measure. The connection between this book and actual historical events is really stunning. In the end, I felt more like I was reading a history textbook than a paranormal romance novel. Why? Well there are some pretty obvious connections right from the start, like how the Darklings and were forced to live in the “ghetto”. The ghetto is a term used for the places where Jews were forced to live in during the Holocaust. There was wide-spread poverty and starvation there which parallels to the “ghetto” used in Black City. Another connection I made was how the Sentry leader “Purian Rose” decided to use children to become “trackers” or rather young soldiers. This reminded me of how Hitler used an army of children (young German boys) as a last ditch effort to try to win a losing war. Then, the book mentions use of cyanide as a quick and painless way to end your life, and this is historically known as the way Hitler chose to commit suicide. On one page it said, “It was common practice during the war for less moralistic Darklings to collaborate with Trackers, in return for food and protection.” This is the same thing they did to Jews during the Holocaust. They had male Jews round up and help murder their own kind in return for their insured safety for the time being. All this and much more happened just in the very beginning of the book. I found myself really confused at this point, wondering if this was really going to be a rehash of the Holocaust. And it turned out to be just that.
Vampires, cheese, and insta-love. Oh my! The narrative and dialogue were cheesy to a fault. At one point I found myself not able to believe anything the characters were saying. Everything was an empty reason, their actions and reactions unexplained. There were times when the characters would say or do things that seem so out of character and unnatural that I would often wonder if I had read it right or not. The insta love moved way too fast for my liking. First they planned their first date without dating in the first place. Then there was an info dump in the scene where Ash explains the term “Blood Mate “ which was all tell and no show. Next thing you know they’re both willing to give up everything and risk their lives for each other. It all felt very sudden and unnatural, I actually thought that the relationship between Natalie and Ash was a lot more romantic and sweeter before they officially decided they wanted to be together.
In a nutshell… I liked this story but the inconsistency with the characters, predictability of the plot, insta-love, and the cheesiness in general made it a slow read for me. Overall, I think what made this story the most interesting for me was the world building of the Darkling/ Sentry world. It’s not typical to see a universe in which humans rule over the vampires. Normally you would see quite the opposite. If you’re a historian buff and like vampires I would recommend this to you. However if you, like me, don’t particularly care for insta-loves or cheesiness you probably might want to stay clear of this one.(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)
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)
Fireseed One starts off with the protagonist Varik, a boy who has recently lost his father and has a lot on his plate. The story’s action starts off w...moreFireseed One starts off with the protagonist Varik, a boy who has recently lost his father and has a lot on his plate. The story’s action starts off when Varik discovers a strange girl trying to steal seed disks. He catches her before she can get away, holds her captive, and tries to find out more about her. They go on an adventure to search for a hybrid plan through the hot zone, facing many obstacles along the way.
I thought the whole plot of Fireseed One an extremely clever one. The adventure, the romance, and the amazing world building. The world presented is incredible! This sci-fi world is created before your very eyes and suddenly it feels like you’re in a whole other universe, or a whole other earth. The descriptions needed to make the world come to life work are very well balanced with the rest of the story so it’s not overbearing like in other sci-fi novels. The relationship between Marisa and Varik is so sweet! Even in the beginning I thought the two were a great match for each other.
Overall, I really enjoyed Fireseed One! It’s really different from my usual read so I’m glad that I got a chance to read it. Fireseed One rejuvenated my interest in the Sci-Fi genre. It’s engaging characters and the imaginative world pulls the reader in and doesn’t let them back out until the very last page. I highly recommend this book to those who love sci-fi and those who want to try something new and engaging. (less)
The Daughter of Smoke and Bones had two major flaws for me. One was the slow-pacing and the other was the prose. The book was slightly dragging in the...moreThe Daughter of Smoke and Bones had two major flaws for me. One was the slow-pacing and the other was the prose. The book was slightly dragging in the beginning and towards the middle I had put it down several times and attempted to pick it up again later. I get it that Karou's lonely, and I get it that her ex boyfriend was a psycho, but why spend the whole entire beginning on just that? And then there's the prose. Sometimes I'd read a sentence of description and by the end of the sentence I'd forget what it was describing. I usually have no problem with prose at all. In fact, it's one of those things that makes a story far more enjoyable for me. But it just didn’t work for me in this book.
So what did I love? Where do I start? The setting of Prague was just beautiful. And Karou—I loved her! She's strong, beautiful, has blue hair and an amazing talent when it comes to drawing. And on top of all that she's not portrayed as a perfect person. She has flaws, she has weaknesses, and she craves love. There's something about her loneliness that makes me ache for her for most of the book. When she said she was lonely I truly believed that she was. Karou and Zuzana—a delightful duo that I enjoyed. Akiva—a delicious swoon-worthy angel with a tortured past. I was fascinated by Karou's family of chimaeras, who gave us small insight into the other world called Elsewhere. And of course the world-building. Wow! The world building. I loved it to bits even though it’s one of the things that kind of slowed down the pace of the story.
I felt like all the elements of a story that I love are in this book and yet something is lacking. Maybe it's due to the high expectations I had prior to reading this book. Maybe it's because I wasn't quite connected with some of the characters. Maybe it's because of the prose that had me re-reading whole paragraphs to find out what it was about. Or maybe it's due to the slow pacing of the text. I mean, I literally sat with bated breath waiting for the huge turning points to take place and.....nothing happened for a really long time. The wait was far longer than I had anticipated: thus the reason why I had put if down a couple times.
Overall I really liked The Daughter of Smoke and Bones but didn't love it like I expected I would. Would I recommend it? Definitely! Despite its flaws it was, to say the least, a magical and fascinating read. Not your everyday read from the YA genre.
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 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)
Awww! This story is too cute. I could almost overlook some of the wierdly-worded writing, clicheness of the dialogue, and the fact that this girl's ON...moreAwww! This story is too cute. I could almost overlook some of the wierdly-worded writing, clicheness of the dialogue, and the fact that this girl's ONLY dream in life is to be married to some guy (OK...my feminist side almost made me stop then but I kept pressing on). I'm a complete sucker for princess type stories. Will be done with it by end of today. :)(less)
I think it’s best to start off this review with some of my thoughts on Divergent. Refreshingly different. Downright exhilarating. It was the most memo...moreI think it’s best to start off this review with some of my thoughts on Divergent. Refreshingly different. Downright exhilarating. It was the most memorable novel I read that year amongst the hundred or so books I was also reading at the time. Reading Insurgent brought back my ardent feelings for Divergent but left me feeling a somewhat…dry in the aftermath. I realize that this is a sophomore novel and that most of the time they end up becoming filler spaces for the third book, but I was not expecting it to happen with Divergent. I guess I was expecting a little bit more…? That lack of that extra “something” is my reason for this being a 4 star.
Trice is the same firecracker she was in the first book. An impulsive risk-taker with her adrenaline where her brain should be half of the time. I enjoyed every bit of her risk-taking moments even though they were discouraged in the book. I know Trice is not supposed to be too impulsive, but after awhile I got tired of seeing female protagonists in YA novels being left out of fights for their protection. It’s way too common and I’m sick of it. If there’s an important battle/fight going on Trice is in it. I’m glad I do not have to read through some angst-filled monologue of how the protagonist wishes she was strong enough to go. Good for you Trice!
The romance in Insurgent is on and off. Sometimes steamy and other times cold. If you’re one of those people (me included) who pay extra attention to the romance plots in a book do not expect much of that in Insurgent. The romance between Trice and Tobias (Four) is there. It’s beautiful. I had my oooohh and awww moments but it’s not something that’s heavily focused on. There are so many other things going on in this book. The ending of Insurgent to me is what brought on the “dry” feeling. The climax of the novel had the potential to be amazing and induce me in a heart-throbbing mixture of nervousness and excitement. But it didn’t. SPOILER: When Jeanine died I felt nothing. The way it’s described makes it sound like they just swatted a fly away or something. No resistance or anything. For someone who caused them so much trouble I expected a little bit more going on in the scene when they finally capture her.
While Insurgent suffers from a case of sophomore-ritis and feels more like a filler than anything else, it kept me entertained and renewed my interest in the faction-run government that I feel in love with in Divergent. Trice’s character grows a lot in Insurgent and I’m really excited to see how much more she will change in the third book in the series. I recommend Insurgent to anyone who really enjoyed reading Divergent. (less)
Guys, this book blew my mind away...seriously From the beautiful utopian underwater setting of Elysium, to the deliciously sweet romance, the got-to-lo...moreGuys, this book blew my mind away...seriously From the beautiful utopian underwater setting of Elysium, to the deliciously sweet romance, the got-to-love-them characters, and the heart-pounding escape—what’s not to love about RENEGADE? It is rare that I find a book that is able to keep me so entertained and invested in the story. Guys, seriously, don’t let the cover fool you—Renegade is not just a gorgeous cover. It has a beautiful, action-packed, kick-butt storyline to match.
Utopias, claustrophobia, and brainwashing, oh my! Reading Renegade gave me my first real case of readers-claustrophobia. While Evelyn didn’t seem to mind her underwater utopian home of Elysium I constantly kept getting the chills thinking what life would be like if I never got to see real sunlight again. The setting and world-building is what did it for this book. The technology, the way the society works, and the explanation of how the heck a society of people can survive underwater was pretty darn fascinating. I loved Evelyn’s character, especially toward the end as she began to get back some of her old memories and she became this awesome kick-butt heroine as opposed to the fragile meek brain-washed girl we meet in the first few chapters of the book.
Romance, and my overall thoughts on the book... Words cannot express how adorably sweet Gavin and Evelyn’s relationship is. Seriously, I awwed! for like half the novel. Although it may look it at first I didn’t feel like there was any insta-love. It genuinely felt like Evie and Gavin grew to like each other gradually, and for the right reasons. Not just, hey I think you’re hot. I think a great deal of Evie’s initial attraction to Gavin was brought on with her fascination with everything to do with the surface, and because she liked learning about the surface so much that sparked a lot of their conversations in the beginning.
In a nut shell, Renegade is a tantalizing debut novel worthy of re-reads. I seriously can’t wait to read future books in the series!
Confusions with Renegade: What happened to Evelyn’s “father” toward the end? He all of a sudden just disappeared in the middle of the book. His only purpose seems to be giving Evie the necklace which unlocks a few of her memories, but after that he practically vanishes. He didn’t seem like he was brainwashed like the others, or that he was particularly approving of Mother’s way of ruling Elysium. I kind of expected him to have a much larger role in the book than he did. (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!
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'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)
So just to start off, this book was okay-ish. But there were times when I just could not take the characters seriously. The fact that the main charact...moreSo just to start off, this book was okay-ish. But there were times when I just could not take the characters seriously. The fact that the main characters had their first kiss SO early in the story completely confounded me. And when it did hapen everything felt so fake and completely out of place...the feeling you get when you're yanked out of the story because it starts to feel too unbeleivable. The dialogue felt so alien in that confession scene because there wasn't any real meaning to it. At the point where Adam confesses to her they are both still virtual strangers to each other. I found myself rolling eyes over and over again during the whole scene.
And the fact that the main character just somehow "knew" that the male love-interest had a thing for her without actually having any real conversations with him left me completely confounded. How exactly could she tell? Is it because she has a big ego or is it because he's been staring at her to the point of almost being a stalker? I honestly don't know. (Seriously, the guy even admits it himself that he acted like a stalker in the book). -_-
I just wish that there could have been a bigger build up to the relationship. I found it so akward and out of character for the both of them to suddenly decide one chapter that they're in love with each other when prior to the chapter they've barely spoke to each other, and Adam comes off as so cold. He turned from an iceburg to a tropical beach in the course of one chapter in the BEGINNING of the book. Most of the time big character changes like that don't happen until the END of the book. I would have taken that scene a lot more seriously if it were placed closer to the climax.
And how many times are they going to repeat "I think I can take on the world when I'm with you!" Was this meant to be a catchphrase or something because they say it about 3 or more times per chapter. -_-
Overall, The Carrier of the Mark was a bit too cliche and abrupt for my tastes. And there were way TOO many similarities to Twilight. I really really wanted to like this book because Leigh is an awesome person, but I just couldn't. After getting about 3/4ths of the way through the book I couldn't bring myself to finish the rest. I felt annoyed with just about every character except for maybe Rian. (less)
I stayed up long into the night to finish this book, and now I think I have to mull over what exactly happened for the next few days before writing a...moreI stayed up long into the night to finish this book, and now I think I have to mull over what exactly happened for the next few days before writing a review. This is not an easy book to write a review on-- if you read it you'd know why. I should've seen that coming....(less)