Not good, and not bad. I liked the overall aspect of the story, what with the historical essence and the fact that Ismae was a badass heroine, but the...moreNot good, and not bad. I liked the overall aspect of the story, what with the historical essence and the fact that Ismae was a badass heroine, but the over-dramatic story-telling sort of got on my nerves, and it never seemed to end. I also didn't really like the male character in the book, so it didn't appeal to me as much. However, I did like certain parts of it, especially how Ismae was a very strong protagonist on her own and that it had a good ending.(less)
I'm so glad that I began June with such an amazing novel. At first, I didn't know whether I should read it or not because I didn't want to feel depres...moreI'm so glad that I began June with such an amazing novel. At first, I didn't know whether I should read it or not because I didn't want to feel depressed at a miserable ending or freaked out by any gory images or anything, but to be completely honest, reading books about the World Wars always spikes my interest. It's not about the fact that the violence is exciting or something troubling like that, but I always wonder how differently the world worked that many decades ago. So reading a book about World War I and the horrors related to it was kind of exciting. Along with the pictures. Those made me really understand what was going on in the book at a particular time (not that I wasn't already knees-deep into it).
The thing I really liked about this novel was that Mary Shelly was so brave. She'd gone through so much grief and had lost her mother and her father, and traveled to see her aunt Eva for hope that there she would face less grief. I really liked how much she showed her bravery, because one thing I notice about many books is that heroines labeled as brave and whatnot usually disappoint me with their boring and shallow minds. But Mary exuded all the bravery in her grief and sadness, and it kind of struck me how that was what I considered actual courage. I loved reading about her wild scientific thoughts and her optimism, and the way she comforted the patients at the hospital. I do wish she had a supportive friend at the time, but then again, it would have just upset me if that friend died.
As for Stephan, I actually felt the same grief as Mary did. It struck me odd, because he wasn't actually, well, there, (view spoiler)[or at least, not in the physical sense (hide spoiler)] but I felt all the tragedy that was going on. Especially with his brother, and the terror in France, the nightmares, and that really creepy ending, which made me really want to rage on certain characters in this novel.
Overall, it was splendid. It gave me even more insight on what the war was like, and the influenza and all the different kinds of panic people went through, and an even more depth on what shell shock was like. I wish I could find a book just like this. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a "meh" read for me. It wasn't really special for me, and it wasn't all that boring, but I would probably have left it alone within the first...moreThis was a "meh" read for me. It wasn't really special for me, and it wasn't all that boring, but I would probably have left it alone within the first fifty pages if I hadn't forced myself to continue. Like the first novel, Dreamless is not as captivating as I tried to make it be.
I'd recently posted a post on my blog about why I really despise love triangles, and this book is just another reason why I hate them. It's exactly the same. Orion seems like the rebound guy in the novel, and it's so cliche and pathetic that I don't even know what to write about the whole triangle without making it sound like I'm repeating myself. Lucas was so annoying in this novel that it's a shame to even speak his name. Telling Helen he hated her because his father said so, and then her actually believing him? Give me a break. It's so annoying how the guy always has to "ditch the girl" to protect her. And I get how his family seems to be all about keeping them apart, because of this "incest thing," but there are other ways to do that. Lucas and Helen could have had a totally platonic relationship, much like her and Orion said they'd had in the Underworld, at least, until they kissed and whatnot. Oh, and another thing that pissed me off? Lucas watching Helen while she slept, and lying about it. That is so extreme that I can hardly comment on how annoyed I am about that.
Also, this whole cycle of events was pretty lame as well, for a 487-paged book. Helen travels to the Underworld every night, Zach suspects things, Lucas is being mean to her, Helen meets Hector - all of these events kept going on and on and again. I wanted something shocking to appear instead of the same old news. There didn't seem to be much progress. And one thing I really don't like about these novels is that reality and fantasy always have to collide. I mean I get that "there's a world here you don't know about," but when it comes to mundane tasks like going to school and meeting your employers at the store where you work, I get a bit iffy about how characters are unable to perform their duties because of the fact that, oh, I don't know, they'll die within the next minute, or because they're too busy fighting evil to finish their math homework.
And that ending was so confusingly vague. Okay, so Helen was so angry for a major portion of the novel because Daphne wasn't communicating with her, and had given her number to Orion without contacting her; what happened to confronting her about it when she had the chance? And there are so many characters in this novel that pissed me off, like Jason, who kept questioning everything that Helen did, and Claire, who did nothing to stop him from raging on her best friend. I don't like any of the characters here except for Jerry, who, thank goodness, remained the way I wanted him to for the entire novel.
I will probably read the next book, but only to be able to finish the series. I doubt it will be any good, but it's worth a try.
I liked this a lot better than Incarnate! There were so many wonderful things that changed that you probably wouldn't notice, but I did. I love how An...moreI liked this a lot better than Incarnate! There were so many wonderful things that changed that you probably wouldn't notice, but I did. I love how Ana became so much more confident and didn't give much crap about what people said about her. And although I am still a bit cringy about the characters having lived for thousands of years, the story was achingly perfect and I loved it. The ending was also very sweet and heartbreaking. (less)
I can't believe this series is coming to a close soon, but at the same time, I'm glad to know that things are progressing. I really didn't like Shane...moreI can't believe this series is coming to a close soon, but at the same time, I'm glad to know that things are progressing. I really didn't like Shane at the end of the last book, but I could see from this one that he was attempting to change things. Sure, the whole "follow Claire to the ends of the Earth" moves were pretty annoying, and the fact that his perspective looked like it tried too hard with being manly were irritating, but the action, suspense, and overall greatness was refreshing. I have to admit that I didn't really like any of the characters here, sorry to say. I wanted more Myrnin-ness, but he was too preoccupied with [significant Lady], and Eve was being a lot of a bitch. And Micheal just... yeah. Stood there. I don't know. I still liked it a lot, though. (less)
Wow. This was a superb debut. I had already taken an interest to this novel, so reading it was a pretty good experience, and that's saying something,...moreWow. This was a superb debut. I had already taken an interest to this novel, so reading it was a pretty good experience, and that's saying something, because of the many different dystopian novels that were published within the last year. Reboot was something different. I admit, I had a bit of a difficulty determining the gender of the protagonist at the beginning, but I hadn't read the blurb and just jumped into it, and then I pretty much punched myself. Anyway, this book has a really different outlook to how the minds of people work. And what I liked best was that, despite the whole murder and bloodshed thing, the romance was heartfelt and wonderful. I can't wait to read the sequel. (I'm also glad that this is a two-part series.)(less)
I'm not really sure why I held off reading this book for a while, but I sure don't regret reading it now. It's a wonderful book, with a different outl...moreI'm not really sure why I held off reading this book for a while, but I sure don't regret reading it now. It's a wonderful book, with a different outlook on werewolves. The only thing that irked me was Kyle. I'm not against the romance, but just the way he seemed a bit Cullen-y with his "I'm too dangerous" persona going on. But cheesiness aside, I would still recommend it.(less)
I'm starting to get very, very annoyed with the way things are progressing between Reyes and Charley. I don't call it hot, seething tension between th...moreI'm starting to get very, very annoyed with the way things are progressing between Reyes and Charley. I don't call it hot, seething tension between them. It's an on-and-off, ridiculous relationship they're having, and the moment things seem to be looking up, something one of them says changes everything around. They have this great chemistry, and everything about the books are wonderful in this series, but then Reyes keeps getting angry that Charley even feel and inkling of pity for him, and he keeps chasing her around and "saving" her from problems, which she appreciates, but then they'd have a wild make-out session in her apartment and then get into a stupid fight and Charley would ignore Reyes to continue her investigation, and then get into danger, from which Reyes would save her, etc. etc. It's an ongoing cycle. And then on top of that, there would be more, continuous disagreements over things like Reyes living with the news reporter, or Charley with the biker gang, and things like that. In a total of three books, this kind of bantering would be acceptable for me, but now I'm just getting plain annoyed, because I read that Reyes saw Charley as this beacon of light, and wanted to be with her and yada yada, but it doesn't seem as magical as it should be. Or even so (because I'd prefer they not go into the formal relationship kind of thing) they should at least give themselves a label, shouldn't they? If they don't establish something by the fifth book, I'm giving up on this series.(less)
Amazing conclusion to another brilliant series! I love everything by Kelley Armstrong. I don't know how she does it, but I will find a way to meet thi...moreAmazing conclusion to another brilliant series! I love everything by Kelley Armstrong. I don't know how she does it, but I will find a way to meet this author just to gush about her writing. *I also love that this series takes place in Canada.(less)
What I really like about these books is that the author is able to combine all kinds of elements into one book, without overloading them. I have no do...moreWhat I really like about these books is that the author is able to combine all kinds of elements into one book, without overloading them. I have no doubt I will probably cry a lot more than I will laugh when I read Sentinel, but I will still laugh. Apollyon is just as amazing as its predecessors, with an amazing plot, excellent action, a decent amount of romance and steamy scenes, and all the humour you can possibly insert into a situation like Alex's. Plus, I really liked the characters in this book, a lot. Apollo was probably my favourite, the way he called Hermes a "little shit" was enough to make me rate this book even more points. I will always support this series.(less)