As a big fan of the fantasy genre, I love what Morning Star (Ethos) has to offer. Not only is the fantasy world intriguing and beautiful, but the loveAs a big fan of the fantasy genre, I love what Morning Star (Ethos) has to offer. Not only is the fantasy world intriguing and beautiful, but the love story and good vs evil plot are exciting as well.
Brianna Armstrong is a college student who discovers an amazing creature she's never seen before--a large, purple dragonfly--and this discovery leads her to a whole new life. It turns out that the dragonfly belongs to a strange man she's seen walking around her campus. His name is Kalen and he's not from anywhere Brianna has ever heard of before. Kalen's actually from a world called Ethos, and he doesn't quite fit in on Earth with his old-fashioned manners, misunderstandings of modern English words or phrases, and strange clothing.
Kalen and Brianna quickly realize the strong connection between them, but they aren't allowed to act on that. Kalen has made vows in his world that don't allow him to get romantically involved, and especially not with Brianna. The romantic storyline is heart-wrenching and beautifully written, so that the reader really feels for them as they cope with their relationship and its limitations. A big part of this novel is the idea that true love can survive all odds, and very many obstacles are thrown at Brianna and Kalen as they work to solve mysteries, to understand a prophecy, and to fight against the aforementioned evil forces.
One special aspect of this novel is the illustrations. Between chapters are these gorgeous illustrations of what's happening, and they really help to bring the story to life. I read a lot of fantasy novels and haven't seen one illustrated like that, and its' a real treat to have a visual for some of the scenes.
The ending actually caused me to gasp--I was shocked that it was over! I'm glad to know that this is the first book, and that there's another one coming out. I can't wait! ...more
So, the hot girl's friend isn't hot. Jane is average, and her friend Miranda gets all the attention while they're out at bars.
And while they're out atSo, the hot girl's friend isn't hot. Jane is average, and her friend Miranda gets all the attention while they're out at bars.
And while they're out at a particular bar, a cute bartender named Brady tries to convince Jane she has more going for her than she knows, and she can totally get a date within three weeks if she really tries.
Jane says hell no I can't, Brady says yes you can.. and there's your plot.
The plot is obviously recycled and not a new idea, but it still makes for an okay read.
Bonuses: When Brady tells Jane that she always goes out with Miranda because she's using her as an excuse to keep guys away.
Also, Miranda lives a wild life 'cause she had leukemia as a child, and that adds another layer of depth to their relationship and the story....more
This is the first novel about angels that I've read. I had my doubts about liking an angel book, especially because I didn't want to end up reading aThis is the first novel about angels that I've read. I had my doubts about liking an angel book, especially because I didn't want to end up reading a book based on religion. The good news is this novel barely mentions religion, and for most of the novel the whole angel aspect is skirted around instead of being a focal point.
I spotted this one at the library last week and since I've heard so many good things about this series, I had to check it out to see what all the hype is about. In short, I'm glad I did!
I liked the main character, Luce, who ends up going to a school for troubled teenagers after the suspicious death of a guy she was seeing. The romantic interests are intriguing characters, as are the protagonists. I love it when characters have a lot more to them than what is originally portrayed, and that is quite a theme in Fallen.
The beginning seemed slow to start for me, but I was intrigued when the story picked up--and it didn't take too long until I was hooked.
I mostly liked the ending though I question the direction the story is taking (not willing to give spoilers but if my concerns are relevant in the second novel, I will be sure to include them in that review), and I'm looking forward to reading the next novel!...more
Two societies live in vaults and are warned of each other. One colony only comes out at night, dubbedBeautifully written novella about forbidden love.
Two societies live in vaults and are warned of each other. One colony only comes out at night, dubbed moonwalkers, and the other society only comes out during the day, called sun-walkers. Otherwise, each society spends their time inside a protective vault where they live in fear throughout either the day or night. Once Lyra, a moonwalker, misses the locking of her colony's vault, she is found by sun-walkers, and that's when the story takes a turn.
My biggest problem with this story? It's too short. I wanted it to be a prequel to a novel, and then (if the author could swing it) it could have been a series.
The love happened way too fast, way too easily, though I wasn't really disappointed. It made sense, just in more of a long-term way. I understand the characters' draw to one another, just not their pace....more
As the title suggests, this short story is about two people who don't quite fit together. Jake is a very popular student, and Beth is a geeky studentAs the title suggests, this short story is about two people who don't quite fit together. Jake is a very popular student, and Beth is a geeky student two years his junior (which is a big deal in high school) who is a bit geeky. They meet in math where Beth learns that Jake needs a tutor and offers her assistance. This leads to hanging out for a while after school, though it's generally just for studying.
A note about this story's writing style--it's told from both their points of view. When told by Beth, it's written in first person. When told by Jake, the story is in third person. Sure, this makes it easier to tell which character's mind we're viewing scenarios from, but personally it irked me. Generally when a story is told from multiple points of view, it stays in either first or third person. The jump from first to third and back again feels unnatural.
I am calling this story romance, but it's a very subtle type of romance. And while the ending is sweet, it isn't typical for a romance story either. This is a short story though, and is a lead in to a book called My Once and Future Love....more
I wanted to like this, but it was clear from the first page that I wasn't going to. The scene description, character descriptions, dialogue.. it's allI wanted to like this, but it was clear from the first page that I wasn't going to. The scene description, character descriptions, dialogue.. it's all mundane. Twice in the story (and it is SHORT), the author wrote in the total bill for their lunches. TWICE. And described your run-of-the-mill school cafeteria, with absolutely no interesting or unique details.
This is a short story which takes place in a cafeteria, and the main character is convinced she's in love with a guy she's never talked to. Heard that one before, right? And when you idolize someone you don't actually know, they often disappoint you. So, guess what happens...
With an ending like that, I have no idea why the author even wrote this story. No character development, no lessons learned. It doesn't have a point, really.
The good part: I finished this in about 5 minutes....more
If all-consuming love and soulmates are relevant to your interests, this short story might be too.
The story is sweet, the writing is pretty, but it'sIf all-consuming love and soulmates are relevant to your interests, this short story might be too.
The story is sweet, the writing is pretty, but it's just not my taste. I'm a subtle love kind of reader, I don't like it to be too in-your-face, and I don't like obsession.
Devlin is crazy obsessive over Elizabeth, so a lot of the focus of the story is on that.
The ending's pretty strange, and abrupt, so I had to rate this lower than I first intended. Though, I have read that this is a deleted scene from a full-length novel, so that may be reasonable. Also, some parts of this story are confusing, which I figure is for the same reason -- you're not reading this story from the start unless you read the novel....more
Tiring, that's the best way to describe this novel.
The point of view constantly switches between Cassia and Ky, but I had to flip back to the first paTiring, that's the best way to describe this novel.
The point of view constantly switches between Cassia and Ky, but I had to flip back to the first page of so many chapters to figure out which one's point of view I was reading. They had the same voice, and a lot of the same thoughts.
Each is entirely obsessed with the other, and doesn't think of much else other than how much they're crazy in love and missing one another.
Not much happened in this novel. A lot of lovey, mushy stuff like poetry or remembering Cassia's / Ky's hands or eyes or memories they had together was prevalent.
As for action? Nah, this isn't an action novel.
I read this thinking their romance isn't even very interesting. Why are they so in love? Why did Cassia give up on Xander when they have so much history and he seems like such a nice guy?
I have one nice thing to say about this novel -- the ending set me up for having interest in the third of the series. ...more
Lena is a wonderful character, she goes through so many struggles out in the Wilds, and comes to findI don't know if this book could have been better.
Lena is a wonderful character, she goes through so many struggles out in the Wilds, and comes to find she doesn't even know who she is anymore. She isn't the girl who grew up in the safety of her Portland community, and she doesn't recognize the girl she's become as she strives to survive out in the Wilds.
The romance storyline in this book is great, and believable considering both character's circumstances. In a world where the law tells you not to love, not to look too closely at people or show them more attention than necessary, Lena and her friend desperately want to know what it's like. They want to know what's forbidden. They want to know each other.
I love how Lauren Oliver writes metaphors / similes. They're never about something random or typical (ie emeralds to describe eye color), but they always relate to the situation AND the location. The problem I have with writers who make comparisons to things that aren't actively in the story is that it's distracting. Oliver is a master at making descriptive comparisons to what's already in the scenery so I'm always caught up in the moment when I'm reading.
The ending--it had to happen. I kept wondering if it would happen earlier. It's going to make the next book pretty interesting...
(First impressions only -- I'll clean this review up later.)...more