First off, I just have to say, reading The Weight of Souls really made me feel at home. I don’t know what it is about British English and the London s...moreFirst off, I just have to say, reading The Weight of Souls really made me feel at home. I don’t know what it is about British English and the London setting—okay, maybe I do ;) –but I could just wrap myself up with this novel and cuddle it for life. I’m so in love with it!
Of course, that’s not the only reason I gave The Weight of Souls 5 Stars. The character, the plotline, it’s all amazingly written!
At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of Taylor. I did feel bad about everything she had to put with, but in a way, I also felt she was causing a lot of her own problems with her stubbornness and put-offish attitude. And Justin wasn’t much better. Though very attractive from when he’s first introduced, he was kind of a twit, especially to Taylor. However, when they were finally forced to work with each other to solve his murder, I really saw how the two of them grew by leaps and bounds from the experience.
The other thing I loved about this book is the background story. Okay, I will admit, there are too many flashbacks of Taylor’s life, but I loved the tale of her ancestor in Egypt and how Anubis’s curse all began. It was weaved so beautifully into the story.
The one and only thing that threw me off while reading The Weight of Souls was the high quantity of space breaks between scenes. A lot of them seemed like they could have run smoothly together, without the interruption. Many, in fact, picked up right where the previous paragraph before the break left off. So I’m not exactly sure why the author or publisher did this. It was kind of unnecessary, in my opinion.
Overall, I’m so thrilled I picked this novel up off the shelf. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there will be sequel, because with that ending, they can’t just leave me hanging like that! Not with Anubis’s curse hovering over their heads! But even so, I would definitely recommend this novel. It’s totally one of the best reads of 2013!
The Liberator was a roll coaster ride of action and swoon, but was disappointing in the fact that it was totally not what I had hoped for based on the...moreThe Liberator was a roll coaster ride of action and swoon, but was disappointing in the fact that it was totally not what I had hoped for based on the summary.
I’ve never really been a fan of Dante—or Charlie, for that matter—but I felt he had grown throughout The Collector. That came crashing down in the first several chapters of second book. I felt he was starting from square one or rock bottom again. He eventually grew up, realizing his mistakes, thank goodness, but I almost divorced the book because of this. Fortunately, I really wanted to meet Aspen and see how she would turn the tides of the novel before I gave up entirely.
I’m glad I waited. Aspen is amazing character! Actually, she’s the best of the series, in my opinion. She’s one hell of a tough girl, and I like her rough exterior attitude. The thing was, I expected this novel to be more about her and liberating her soul. It really wasn’t. You practically learn next to nothing about her, and she was continually pushed into the background, especially when Charlie reentered the picture. I want to know more!
Now, Charlie is still not my favorite character—not like Aspen, or even Blue—but by the middle of the novel, she finally woke up, becoming more aware of what was going on around her and the dangers everyone was putting themselves into. She even became a little kick-ass herself, learning to fight for those she loves. Overall, I was impressed.
Okay, that’s the sum up of the characters, but what about the plot? Well, truthfully, I read this series more about for the plot than for the character themselves. And The Liberator weaves in and out of the action, making it a faster paced than The Collector. Admittedly, there were still times I was completely bored, but the swoon in those parts made up for it. The Liberator was definitely steamier than the first novel!
However, I found the ending frustrating. First off, Hell was overdone. I like the philosophy of “less is more,” and Hell just had too many challenges that were really out of this world. It was so unbelievable that it wasn’t even scary. I think if it had been toned down—say reduce the horrors of Hell to the Hall of Mirrors, the collapsing room, and maybe some demons—it would have made the pace faster and the events more exciting.
Second, I don’t understand what Dante’s role in God’s big plan is. So far, I only know he was meant to collect Charlie’s soul in the first novel and liberate Aspen’s soul in the next, but don’t understand the big picture. And the end only made his part in this plan even more cryptic.
In all, I liked The Liberator. I’m not sure how many more novels will be in this series, but I’m hoping to find out more about Aspen, Dante, and Charlie and their roles in the “big picture” in the third novel. Also, I’m curious about Kraven and his past. Fingers crossed!
Not having read The Red Pyramid, the novel, but as someone who loves Egyptian mythology, I was curious what I would think of the graphic novel if I re...moreNot having read The Red Pyramid, the novel, but as someone who loves Egyptian mythology, I was curious what I would think of the graphic novel if I read it first. Turns out, even with the slow beginning, it’s an awesome, quick read!
The best part was Sadie. She really totally made this graphic novel worth reading. She has such a great spunky attitude and loves taking risks! And Bast and Anubis were the best written gods in the whole story. The rest I couldn’t really connect with. Actually, even with Carter and Sadie harboring Horus’s and Isis’s essences, the other gods seemed none existent. Set and Thoth were the only other gods with a major role in the events. The rest of the gods were mainly a part of the plotline’s background.
And there were definitely some other things about the graphic novel that didn’t live up to my expectations. For instance, some of the background and mythology was hard to follow. Especially the rewritten mythology of Isis and Osiris and the series of the reincarnations of the gods. It seemed stretched. Also, it’s not very obvious in the graphic novel how the gods and their powers even affected Carter or Sadie. It’s really like watching as a third party through a TV screen. You’re not interacting with the characters in any sense.
Even so, this graphic novel has piqued my interest in reading The Red Pyramid, the actual novel. And I wouldn’t mind reading another Kane Chronicles graphic novel either.
Favorite quote: “HMMPH, I AM NOT A DOG.” ~ Anubis. <3
Overall, Hunting was an intriguing story with a captivating plotline. I liked the adventure, the challenges, and the characters. However, there were a...moreOverall, Hunting was an intriguing story with a captivating plotline. I liked the adventure, the challenges, and the characters. However, there were a few things I felt detracted from the story. First, I felt the story was kind of bare bones with most of the conversation taking place in the body text rather than in actual dialogue. I think if the novel focused more on dialogue, it would have brought more interaction between the characters to life and I would have felt less like a third party watching from afar.
Second, there could have been a bit more focus on certain characters’ points of views. At the beginning, I really thought this was purely Jade’s story and that the POV would have focused around her. But later there was periods where the POVs were blended in the same chapter, leaving me confused about who I was following.
And finally, the history was a little confusing and the mythology a bit overly complicated. I loved the world S.M. Hineline was building, but the novel has a lot of detail, some of which might have gone a little too in depth. It actually left me left with more questions than answers. Two examples would be: If the first born vampire was to the goddess Bastet in Ancient Egypt (over 5,000 years ago), why did it appear as though the next one born, after 500 years, was during the Roman Empire or maybe a Celtic time period? And if vampires (pure-bloods at least) are born and can walk in the sunlight, why do they still need to sleep in coffins?
The best part of the novel is the characters. I like the different species (vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, and humans) all coming together on this mission. And Jade is awesome! I like her sarcastic attitude and attempts at humor. I only have one wish! I wish she would have some swoon moments with another character, like Mordecai. YUM! Oh, and to see Taurean’s bum kicked. That’s my other wish. LOL.
I can’t wait to read the second novel, Discovery! I got a sneak peek of an excerpt in the first novel, and interestingly enough, the POV appears to have shifted from third to first person. So I’m excited to see were the story leads next!
Being a fan of the Lux series and having enjoyed Half-Blood, I really wanted to like this novel. But it was really hard to push through. I even had to...moreBeing a fan of the Lux series and having enjoyed Half-Blood, I really wanted to like this novel. But it was really hard to push through. I even had to put it down for a while because certain aspects of the novel were driving me insane.
The one aspect that is making this series a hard read for me is that the characters are not capturing me. Alex and Seth especially. Aiden wasn’t bad. Though there were points I wasn’t thrilled with his choices, I can, at least, understand him and his motivations. Seth . . . I was growing to like him—even started to see a different side to him—but what he did with Alex after she drank the Aphrodesian Brew changed my mind. He’s still the same Seth from the first novel, Half-Blood. As for Alex, though I still can’t really connect with her, my only real issue while reading Pure was that she could have been a little more aware the events and clues around her. It just seemed odd how she let things slide past her. Things I thought were obvious to begin with.
The second thing that made reading this novel difficult was all the inaccuracies. First, please understand, I know even with the best of research, not everything can be completely factual. But I live in North Carolina, and a lot of the travel time described in this novel doesn’t add up. Even Google Maps will say it’s around four hours from Bald Head Island to Virginia, not two. Also, I didn’t like how the Aphrodesian Brew was described as an “Olympian roofie” when all the symptoms Alex showed were that of an Aphrodisiac. Big difference!
Additionally, Pure in particular appears to parallel a lot of what occurs in the Harry Potter series, from my perspective. From everyone pointing fingers at Alex for the daimon attacks, to the secret society who wanted only pures to exist, to the way Laadan described how Alex looks like her mother but has her father’s eyes. Honestly, I really try not to let comparisons bug me. I know that everything ever written can probably be related to another literary work somehow. That it’s how the concept is presented that makes the difference, not the details. But I just had a harder time with this novel. Harry Potter just keep flashing into my head, and I haven’t even seen or read that series in a long time.
In conclusion, just because I didn’t like this novel as much as Jennifer’s other works doesn’t mean I won’t continue reading the series. Actually, I still find the whole concept of the Apollyon, pures, halfs, and daimon interesting. And I’m kind of curious where the whole plotline will go and who Alex will choose in the end, if anyone. Personally, I’m still voting for Aiden.
Filled with magic, curses, and mystery, Heir to the Lamp is a spellbinding journey about a young girl’s path to self-discovery. It’s unique, funny, an...moreFilled with magic, curses, and mystery, Heir to the Lamp is a spellbinding journey about a young girl’s path to self-discovery. It’s unique, funny, and enthralling. But as great as the plotline was, it’s the characters are what make the story, particular Ginn, Rushmere, and Caleb.
Though still in her pre-teens, Ginn’s not all about her, like I have seen in some other young YA main characters. Actually she was quite a spit-fire when it comes to looking out for her friends and family. And I found her though girl attitude engaging.
Rushmere was especially cool, and though I thought his entrance was a little weak, I quickly grew to like him. As for Caleb, I had a hard time not liking him, even when I started having my doubts about his loyalties. But hey, I’m a sucker for a copper haired boy with turquoise eyes. I just wished there was more of him in the storyline. I felt his appearances were far and few between.
The other best part of Heir to the Lamp was Ginn’s adoptive family. They are a unique blend of different personalities and characteristics, and together, they bring forth an unusual, refreshing dynamic to young adult literature. I enjoyed reading about them and would actually love to learn a little more about each of these family members. I hope there is more information in future books.
As for the plotline, I found it really enjoyable. There were just a few scenes and events I wasn’t really sure why they were necessary to the plot. The first being her little brother stealing the lamp to bring to school. As entertaining as the event was, I almost felt like this was an unnecessary obstacle for Ginn to face. And her case of pink eye near the end, I just kind of didn’t see any true purpose in it. I almost felt it could have been replaced or just drop entirely from the scene. It didn’t hold any value.
In all, I couldn’t put this novel down. I would definitely recommend Heir to the Lamp and I personally can’t wait to read the next book! Especially if there is more Rushmere and Caleb in it!
When I first picked up The Alchemy of Forever, I was expecting a great romance with a unique twist and an exciting adventure. Unfortunately, I was ver...moreWhen I first picked up The Alchemy of Forever, I was expecting a great romance with a unique twist and an exciting adventure. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. There was hardly any adventure, hardly any romance, and hardly any plot.
“Cyrus is chasing her.” Not really. Most of the book is about Seraphina settling into Kailey’s life and her regret over the many lives she had taken. No adventures. No facing her fears. She doesn’t even bother trying to find Cyrus’s alchemy journal, the one she stole in order to destroy his formula and later lost. And though I love Noah, there is very little romance. A kiss, and a sweet beach scene. That’s it.
The only thing I’m left with to continue the series was on the last page. A mystery. (view spoiler)[*Spoiler Alert* Cyrus has disappeared somewhere—or should I say, into someone. But who? (hide spoiler)]
As a standalone, I wouldn’t recommend The Alchemy of Forever. But I will be reading the second novel, so I’ll let you know what I think of it as a series.
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When I first got A Shade of Blood, I was surprised and pleased that the novel was double the first novella. Yay! More Derek and Sofia! I thought. Just...moreWhen I first got A Shade of Blood, I was surprised and pleased that the novel was double the first novella. Yay! More Derek and Sofia! I thought. Just like I asked for in my A Shade of Vampire review. But I ended up being a bit disappointed.
To start on a positive note, there was definitely more Derek and Sofia, which I was pleased with, and also a few chapters from Ben’s and Lucas’s point of view as well. I actually found this intriguing. I liked know what was happening with other character and how their thoughts added to the plot, eventually effecting Derek and Sofia in different ways. I also liked learning more about Sofia and Ben’s past relationship together as friends and how that built over time.
I also loved all the secrets that were revealed. Some of which I expected, some of which took me completely by surprise. All of them adding new twists and turns for the series to take.
Here’s the down sides for me. First, the novel seemed to be written in a rush. There were several things that were plainly inaccurate, events that were disconnected from the plot, and sudden turnarounds in characters’ attitudes that I couldn’t figure out. Second, the timeline was wacky. An example would be the fact that there was prom, which is usually in April or May, and then a chapter or two later, there was a big football championship game, which usually occurs in December. Needless to say, I was completely lost.
But the biggest disappointment was the fact there was no climax. I was waiting and waiting and the story just ended. True, it ended on a fascinating note, but not one that is climatic. Honestly, in my opinion, A Shade of Blood is what I would consider just a bridge to the next novel.
Considering that this is one of the few vampire novels I actually like, I will still continue reading A Shade of Vampire series. I just hope in the next novel there’s more of a climax to the plot.