I have come to count on books published by Disney-Hyperion for their outstanding writing, plot lines and even their uniqueness. Yes, I realize I reallI have come to count on books published by Disney-Hyperion for their outstanding writing, plot lines and even their uniqueness. Yes, I realize I really own those attributes to the authors because it is after all their work, their talent that make the books so fabulous. But Disney seems to have a talent of their own at finding these amazing authors and publishing them. Which is why I have come to to trust them when picking up a book I know they have published. I know I will be getting a great entertaining read. A read, just like the read I found in The Naturals.
Now to be fair, I have already enjoyed Ms. Barnes previous work so I was pretty sure that I would like this too but it is always nice to know that you weren't wrong, that you were right in trusting the publisher and author. If there is one thing Barnes can be accredited for is her total uniqueness. Even if the idea has done before she will put a spin or a twist to it that will completely change everything and make it a stand out story.
At any rate, I dove right into this one expecting lots and hoping for some fun with character that would stand out and blow me away.
Enter Cassie. Yep, I liked her after the first chapter. Different, cautious, smart, a little damaged, witty, what's not to like?
The fact that we get an inside look into the demented mind of the killer was pure genius if not exceptionally creepy. They is troubled, disturbed and they like what they do and they do it well.
Michael, Lia, Dean, Sloane, are all curious characters that I would have loved to get inside of, to get a real glimpse of all their inner workings. My only complaint about this whole story is that we didn't get more insider info on them. To see what really made them tick but there was just enough detail to keep you wanting more and enough to satisfy my curiosity just enough to not dwell on it too much or be too sad that there wasn't more.
The ending, wow that ending. I didn't see it coming. I really didn't. I loved it really. So much happened, so many mind blowing things. I really really hope that there will be a sequel, heck, I hope this will become a whole series. I think it would be one heck of a fun ride and one I want to be a part of....more
One of the things I like most about this series is the strong female character that is Abbie. She isn't some damsel in distress (that is quite common to the era of this book) that needs to be saving, in fact, during Ripper (the first book in the series), the girl kicked butt and took names and that doesn't chance in Renegade. Once again we get the strong, intelligent and fierce girl that loves with her whole being and wants to do right by everyone. The girl like no other. She defies the laws and restrictions of what it means to be a women in her time and doesn't take no for an answer.
What first drew me to this series was the author's ability to blend the paranormal with a very realistic historic feel that is old world London in the 1800's. Really the mixing of the two was pretty flawless. I got both the paranormal I seem to crave along with the regency era I most adore.
Throw in a little love triangle, a notorious murderer still on the lose, a legend about a monster that seems to be real and a secret Conclave that might very well still be alive and you have one heck of a story line.
And I am happy to say that Reeves pulled it off again. She seamlessly blended the two genres and created something heart pounding and page turning. Full of mystery and intrigue, the inner workings of a mad man, that although I hate to admit it, I am fascinated by and a cast full of characters that are truly unforgettable.
I loved Abbie even more. She is still that headstrong stubborn girl we got in Ripper but now even more fierce and determined to do what needs to be done. She is one tough cookie!
Simon, ah Simon, how I love him. Once again, I fear that I may be falling in love with the wrong guy and will get my heart broken from it. I can't help it though. He is strong, patient, kind, caring and truly loves Abbie. He is everything she should be wanting in a companion. He would let her do what she wants most in life and would never stand in her way. He would support her faithfully and yet, and yet her heart belongs to another.
I am so thrilled with the way this one played through. Even though I love Simon so much, I can't help but love William as well. He is sort of a bad boy for his time. A little reckless, makes stupid mistakes and is even a jerk at times but you can't help but see that he does love Abbie. Their love is slightly destructive and probably not at all healthy but there you have it.
I love that we saw more of Richard in this one as well. There is so much to that sneaky butler. I really hope eventually Reeves will give us his full story.
And then we have Max. The mysterious, evil Max. I really hope we get his story. I know he is out there doing nothing but bad and I want to know what the little fiend is up to.
The ending left me wanting more. Not only do we get a mysterious letter addressed to Max but also the added mystery of one of the Queen's elite too.
I can't wait to see what Reeves has in store for the rest of the series. I am just as pleased with this sequel as I was with the first and I know that it will continue to get better and better as it goes. ...more
4.5 Stars! I have been waiting for this sequel since finishing the ARC copy I received for review of the first book in the series and it is a testament4.5 Stars! I have been waiting for this sequel since finishing the ARC copy I received for review of the first book in the series and it is a testament to this series that I read this one on release day, that hardly ever happens for me, not because I don't want to but mostly because I just don't make the time because of other commitments. But with this one, I put everything on hold and dove right in.
Let me start off by saying this was everything that I was hoping it would be a more. It still stuck to that dark and gothic feel The Masque had but Araby was so much stronger and even fierce in this one that it brought a whole new level to the story. Gone was the girl who wished for death and hide behind her mask. Araby was a girl determined to save those she loved and a city she began to see beauty in, a city that needed a savior and hero. And she isn't the only one that grows throughout this whole thing, in fact they all do.
I never thought I would love Will again, that I would be able to forgive his transgressions, his betrayal but I was wrong, oh so wrong. He proved himself time and time again in this one, even when Araby wasn't ready to forgive him or trust him and even when he wasn't looking for her forgiveness.
Elliot too changed, more so than I ever thought he would, sometimes for the better and sometimes not.
So much happens in this one, so much told, revealed and discovered. Twists and turns I didn't see coming. Allies from unexpected people and friendships and bonds formed and shattered.
This was a stunning conclusion to the series and I absolutely devoured it. Once again Griffin shows that she knows how to write and draw you into the dark world that she created and get completely and inexplicably drawn into it so much so that you never want to find your way out. It all felt so real and so imaginative that at times I felt like I needed to reach up and check to make sure my mask was in place to keep me from the horrors around me.
I loved every minute of this and am sad it is over....more
3.5 Stars! I have been fascinated with mythology for almost as long as I can remember. I love all the different variations on the lives of the gods. Ho3.5 Stars! I have been fascinated with mythology for almost as long as I can remember. I love all the different variations on the lives of the gods. How they came about, their lives, their loves, their destruction, their betrayals, I just love it all and jump at any chance I get to read about them so it was no wonder the whole idea of Touch of Death appealed to me. Descendants of Medusa? Count me in!
I was really hoping that I would get something fun, different and completely unique and that is exactly what I got with an added bonus of a little love story thrown in for good measure and of course the ability to raise the dead. What more could a girl ask for?
There were a few cliches in this one, girl already has boyfriend, meets new guy, is attracted to him. Plain girl with special powers, mean girl hates her and wants her guy, that sort of thing, but honestly, it wasn't too bad and nothing that wasn't easily over looked because the rest of the plot line was so entertaining and original.
I loved all the spins on Medusa and her bloodline. About her not being a villain so much as a victim. I liked the almost motherly role she plays in Jodi's life and the fact that things are constantly happening in this doesn't hurt either. The ending does make me very curious about where the series will go from here but I would like to find out, I would like to see what happens and what adventures are in story for Jodi and Alex and I can't help bu be intrigued by Hades and must confess, that I would love to see more of him....more
First I have to give a shout out to the cover of this book, it is just gorgeous! Something about it is just so appealing and eye catching. I love the First I have to give a shout out to the cover of this book, it is just gorgeous! Something about it is just so appealing and eye catching. I love the details in the wood of the door and the heart charm, so pretty!
Heckenbach has managed to create a loveable, fun magical world in Finding Angel.
I normally don't seek out fantasy reads but this one has had such great reviews I decided I would give it a go and I am glad that I did because this really was a delight to read.
It did start off a little slow with a lot of world and character building but it didn't feel too drawn out and the characters and places were so much fun to learn about that you really weren't bothered by it at all.
Heckenback managed to merge our every day world into one that is very much like our own except for the use of magic and dragons and elves and, well, you get the idea.
And although this is a fantasy read Heckenbach did a wonderful job at making this feel pretty realistic and not too far fetched or unbelievable.
Angel was a great character that was very likeable and I liked how over time she grew into herself and her powers and really managed to hold her own.
The best part is that this really was a nice clean read (there is a part at the end involving animal experiments that is a little rough to read but truly nothing too horrible) that I think would be perfect for a younger audience as well, which is so nice to find in the YA genre since it seems like that just isn't something you find everyday anymore.
Overall I would give this one a very solid 4 Stars and I look forward to reading more of Heckenbach's work in the future. ...more
I am going to start off this review by admitting that yes this book has some things wrong with it. It has an insta-love, which okay, sometimes I do enI am going to start off this review by admitting that yes this book has some things wrong with it. It has an insta-love, which okay, sometimes I do enjoy. It has a plot that is very much detailed (too detailed) in the synopsis so not a whole lot is left to the imagination and okay, at times things were a little too description. I mean, I don't need to know every single thing Emma ever eats or drinks. And yes there were some very typical cliches that seem to be prevalent in YA books right now, but, having said all of that. I seriously loved this book.
I can't help it. I was pulled right into the story, insta love and some sappy love lines and all. It was just one of those stories that I couldn't put down and ate up every line and cliché it had and instead of being disgusted by them, I couldn't get enough of them.
I admit that I have never read the real Frankenstein story (although I have seen the old black and white movie) so I really don't have that to compare this modern telling too but I still, really enjoyed it. I know, I am starting to sound like a broken record here.
I don't want to give too much away but I loved Alex. He had this little lost boy, hate/despise himself vulnerability thing going for him that I just found endearing. I mean, if my father would have done half the things his did, because of him and for him, then yeah, I would feel a little disgusted with myself too, even if I never asked for him to do those things and had no control over them.
Some of the sweetest lines in this book were ones that Alex gave Emma and I couldn't help it, the romantic in me ate them up.
And while I wouldn't classify this book as horror, there were some very disturbing images and scenes in here that left me cringing a little.
Really I think this was done well even considering the clichés and I truly did enjoy it. ...more
While I don't always love books about guardian angels I do love fresh new concepts about them and am always intrigued enough to give them a try.
Melod While I don't always love books about guardian angels I do love fresh new concepts about them and am always intrigued enough to give them a try.
Melody definitely came up with something new in the genre. Not only are humans guarded by an angel that helps them stay out of harms way, but they also have another darker angel that wants them to get in trouble too. And these two angels, must work together to find a balance to keep their charge safe or die trying.
Tristan one of the most gentle and loving guardian angels (a Grandinian) around is assigned to help protect Abigail which wouldn't be a problem except that his partner, the one that is suppose to put her in harms way, is none other than Gideon (a Grantinian), one of the most dark and feared angels around and he is hell bent on destroying Abigail's life and not letting Tristan win in the century long battle of good versus evil, right versus wrong.
And unfortunately for Tristan and Gideon both, Abigail isn't an ordinary teenage girl either. Nope things couldn't be that simple. Abigail is famous. Growing up with a designer mom and a Hollywood dad hasn't always been easy for her and she is constantly surrounded by bodyguards and having people around her all the time, watching and judging her every move. And of yeah, she seems to be able to do things that aren't quite normal either.
I had a hard time getting into this book in the beginning. It was a little confusing at times and jumped back and forth between Abigail's world and the angels world and left me feeling a little lost but I know that once this book has been edited some more and all is said and done it will be better and not so confusing.
Once I figured out what exactly was happening it was much easier to get into but I still never quite felt that connection to the characters or places that I really like to have.
The storyline was interesting and like I mentioned above, the premises was something fun and different. I really liked how the author did Gidgeon’s character. He was very flawed and dangerous and evil and then...well I won't give anything away but I do like it when the unexpected happens to the bad guys.
Overall I think the series and author does have potential and I think it will be really interesting to see where it goes from here.
Overall I give this one a very solid 3.5 Stars! ...more