Irene wakes up post drunk night out with her girl friends, but not in a normal place. Instead, she’s on the side of the road, trying to remember how sIrene wakes up post drunk night out with her girl friends, but not in a normal place. Instead, she’s on the side of the road, trying to remember how she got there. Recalling the previous night’s events, Irene realizes her memory of the night is incomplete. This is not a pleasant realization, and neither is the pile of mail she finds at her house or the concerned voice mails on her machine.
It isn’t until a boy — a genius kid obsessed with life after death — tells her she’s dead that Irene really begins to understand what her new existence has become. A ghost wandering the earth, she can interact with inanimate objects but can’t be seen by the living. I liked this aspect, as generally ghosts move right through solid objects because they aren’t solid, but Terri Bruce has made ghosts a bit different than the norm.
Also, Jonah (the genius kid) could have easily been made a love interest in the story, and I kept thinking while making my way through this afterlife adventure that it would have been easy for Bruce to make that decision and form a romance-heavy plotline. However, that’s not what she did with this novel, and that’s admirable. I’ve been visiting other blogs on this tour, and here’s an interview about this very topic — writing a female main character that goes against the grain, maybe challenges a few of the norms, and still manages to be a really great character.
The relationship between Irene and Jonah is unique for various reasons. They aren’t related, are of very different age groups, but they still manage to be friends and journey companions. Irene may be older, but she sure isn’t smarter when it comes to how death and the afterlife are treated in various cultures. This is an aspect of the book which I’m sure took a great deal of research, and maybe adding in all of those details was challenging to write, but it’s done flawlessly. I read this novel enjoying the journey through Irene’s afterlife, liking the friendship between Irene and Jonah, and appreciating the cultural details along the way.
This read a bit like a typical urban fantasy. There are vampires and werewolves, a mysterious and dangerous vampire who seems to be potential love intThis read a bit like a typical urban fantasy. There are vampires and werewolves, a mysterious and dangerous vampire who seems to be potential love interest, and a werewolf who thinks he's a big bad wolf.
Men with ego problems, it sounds like. Arys, the dangerous vampire, meets Alexa (our MC werewolf) when she's out one night trying to take out some vampires. She makes a mistake and ends up caught with no easy way to escape, that is until Arys comes into the scene.
In the second chapter, Alexa is at a party where she ends up in a room alone with the big bad wolf, and yes, he is deserving of that nickname based on what happens here. Luckily, Alexa gets away, but it's only to meet up with Arys again in chapter three.
What's a bit fascinating is that there is some unique paranormal chemistry or attraction between Alexa and Arys, though she is werewolf and he is vampire. I'm curious as to what's going on between them, and I'm sure the full-length novel would let me know if I decide I want to read it. ...more
The first part of this story was a bit aggravating, as it told how Tiff, a sixteen year old girl, was sent away to live with her grandmother after devThe first part of this story was a bit aggravating, as it told how Tiff, a sixteen year old girl, was sent away to live with her grandmother after developing into a young woman. That, plus the title of the story and the cat calls within the book.. those were annoying.
But the story does change its focus, as Tiff's grandmother gives her the challenge of reading a crystal ball and telling fortunes at the carnival. Tiff doesn't feel she has any real talent, and feels bad to be faking the visitors of her fortune telling tent--until she realizes she knows more than her visitors told her.
The ending was nice, and I liked the paranormal twist. Though, it's not connected to anything. There's no related novel or short story sequel--this one is all that exists. And I did feel as though the last pages were rushed, as though everything came together too quickly and forcefully for it to be realistic....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
Evie is on the inside, which is a unique perspective in the YA fantasy genre. She has grown up within the IPCA which tracks and polices unnatural creaEvie is on the inside, which is a unique perspective in the YA fantasy genre. She has grown up within the IPCA which tracks and polices unnatural creatures living throughout the world. It is a government organization, and Evie is responsible for recognizing and tracking fantasy creatures who are causing mischief in the outside world.
Although Evie is young, perhaps too young for such a heavy job, she has earned this job by having a unique ability of her own. While most people, even her fellow coworkers at IPCA, can't see through the glamours put up by these fantasy creatures, Evie can see straight through every disguise to the unnatural being which lurks beneath.
Besides her important career, Evie is a fascinating character who is fiercely loyal to her friends, and strong versus her enemies. Reth is a faerie that Evie must rely on for transport, as in this world, faeries have the power to travel to anywhere in the world in just a moment, and bring whomever is holding their hand to the same location. The terms of this are that faeries are under the command of the IPCA, and cannot refuse to take a person with the power to demand such a task.
While there are many faeries available for transport, Evie often gets stuck with Reth. They have a history, and it isn't a very nice one. Reth treated Evie poorly, and she makes an effort to avoid him even though that is not always possible. While there's a chance Reth wants something more from Evie, this novel doesn't have a true love triangle. However, Reth is very creepy and has a dangerous motive for not wanting to leave Evie alone.
Instead, Evie spends all of her unallotted time with Lend, a unique paranormal made of water. He has the power to shape-shift, and although that makes him potentially dangerous and recognizable as a familiar face to most people, Evie isn't scared of him because she can see his true form beneath. This character is amazing, and I fell in love with the idea of a paranormal made completely of water who has the ability to shape shift. He doesn't remain in a form that appears liquid, he can replicate a person's appearance down to their clothing and eye color.
Evie's boss, Raquel, struggles with Evie's development of a friendly bond with Lend and tries to keep them apart. Since Raquel can't always be around, Evie and Lend sure do spend a lot of time together, and that's where the romance aspect of this novel comes in. It's not over the top, it's that subtle type of teenage romance that I've come to adore, and Kiersten White did a great job of bringing life to their connection.
What a fun read! I loved Evie, the main character, for her humorous take on this paranormal world. She works for IPCA which is in charge of tagging paranormals worldwide. I don't recall reading a paranormal novel from a government agency insider's point of view, and it was entertaining to read about an MC on the inside of the operation.
The other characters were great, Evie lives a sheltered life but she does have a few friends she can count on. Action scenes were fun, character development and conflict was exciting, and the chapter titles added a playful vibe to the book.
The romance was fun and light, but mostly I just can't get over how great it is to read about different (and entirely new!) types of paranormals....more
This story was nothing short of amazing. I loved the characters, their abilities — Luke gets visions of future events, Sera can heal people she toucheThis story was nothing short of amazing. I loved the characters, their abilities — Luke gets visions of future events, Sera can heal people she touches — and the setting. It’s a short story, but don’t let that keep you from reading this. What’s especially great about this particular story, other than the writing which I loved, is that it’s a prequel for a full-length novel (her first!) by J. Meyers titled Intangible.
I assume the cliffhanger at the end of this short story leads right into the plot for Intangible, so I can’t wait to read the full novel!...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