I loved The Dark World! It's a perfect read for anyone who's a fan of the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. Paige is a great heroine, I loveI loved The Dark World! It's a perfect read for anyone who's a fan of the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. Paige is a great heroine, I loved her friendship with her ghost best friend Dottie, and she said so many things that made me smile. Logan is the perfect boyfriend, and so sweet to Paige. I love how he gradually opens up to her, and the development of their relationship. There were things about him that caught me by surprise, and I don't want to write it here because it would be a spoiler, but it was very well done. My heart was breaking for Paige and Logan at the end of the book, and I can't wait to see what happens next in their adventure! ...more
By the way, I suspect that (view spoiler)[Mary is a ghost, and that's why she has powers. She actually did die when shLOVED IT! Couldn't put it down.
By the way, I suspect that (view spoiler)[Mary is a ghost, and that's why she has powers. She actually did die when she tried to kill herself, but she doesn't realize she's dead. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more
I loved Glimmer so much -- it was one of those books that I finished the same day I started. There was so much mystery in the story, especially in theI loved Glimmer so much -- it was one of those books that I finished the same day I started. There was so much mystery in the story, especially in the beginning, and I NEEDED to know how it ended.
Glimmer switches from Elyse and Marshall's point of view through the story, both told in first person. With some books this can get confusing, but their voices were different enough that I never found myself confused about whose head I was in. I liked both main characters -- they had enough flaws to make them seem real, while still allowing them to be likable. I loved watching them figure out what their lives were like before they lost their memories, especially since both of them were unhappy with what they discovered.
The ghosts were different than anything I've read before. I don't want to give anything away though because I don't want to ruin the story, so you'll just have to find out what I mean by reading the book yourself :)
Glimmer was a fun, fast read that you'll want to finish the day you start because you'll need to know what's going on. When I got to the end I was shocked by the reason they lost their memory -- it wasn't what I expected! Also, it's a standalone, which is nice among so many trilogies/series. Finally I can finish a book and have it be The End without having to wait a year between each following book.
The beginning of Glimmer reminded me of Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, which I loved. The end sort of reminded me of an Are You Afraid of the Dark episode, but with older characters. Even if you don't consider yourself someone who typically likes ghost stories, I definitely recommend reading Glimmer!
*I love the cover of Glimmer, but the girl doesn't fit Elyse's description AT ALL. I was confused about who she was supposed to be the whole time I was reading. My guess is Elyse's mom ... but that was the best I could come up with....more
I loved the Evernight series by Claudia Gray, so when I saw that Balthazar, a companion novel to the series, was coming out, I was super excited! NotI loved the Evernight series by Claudia Gray, so when I saw that Balthazar, a companion novel to the series, was coming out, I was super excited! Not only because I wanted more of the awesome world of vampires and wraiths that Claudia Gray created, but because Balthazar was one of my favorite characters in the Evernight series! It was clear in Evernight that Bianca and Lucas were meant to be together, but that didn't stop me from feeling bad for Balthazar and wanting him to have an awesome love story of his own. And in Balthazar, that's exactly what he gets!
The Evernight series was told first person from Bianca's point of view, and Balthazar is different in that it is told third person alternating from Bathazar and Skye's point of views. I loved this because I felt like as a reader I was able to understand their relationship more fully. I also enjoyed Skye's character, and am glad I "got to know her" in this book! She's spunky, smart, and relatable. She's an average teen thrown into a crazy situation, and I like how despite how she's in the midst of a vampire crisis, she's still relatable on a teenage level.
Now, moving onto Balthazar! W-o-w! I love him even MORE after reading this book! I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who are going to read the book, but we learn so much about Balthazar's history, delving deeper into his life before becoming a vampire and the years between his becoming a vampire and going to Evernight. I also loved reading his present day sections, where the reader gets to see him fall for Skye!
For those of you who are also huge Evernight fans, there are cameos in Balthazar from Bianca, Lucas, and Clementine. But you should also know that Balthazar is different from Evernight, since it takes place in a normal public high school. I loved it just as much as all the other books in this awesome series, and am hoping that Claudia Gray continues to write books about the characters from the incredible world she created. ...more