Sandy Williams is incredibly adept at developing chemistry between characters and forming love triangles. She had me supporting McKenzie and Aren from...moreSandy Williams is incredibly adept at developing chemistry between characters and forming love triangles. She had me supporting McKenzie and Aren from the start but also left a small space in my heart for Kyol. Although, I have to point out that Kyol was not very present throughout the entire story until perhaps the last chapter or two, in one scene that tore my heart apart. Williams' writing is also easy to read, follow, and enjoy without it being too overly-descriptive or long-winded.
I enjoyed the plot thoroughly and it was fast-paced with no down-time to get bored at all. I loved the that McKenzie and the Fae fissured in and out of worlds and countries within Earth to solve mysteries or go on rescues. Also, the politics in the Fae world created a very realistic view for the reader to imagine in their heads.
My problem is with McKenzie's abilities. Shadow-reading is not something, to me, that is very unique or helpful. Yes, McKenzie is able to tell where another Fae fissures to, but other than that, she is pretty much useless. I like her tenacity, willingness to be independent, and logical mind, but I wish for more depth regarding her powers. Not only that, but McKenzie can't fight, nor did she learn to.
I enjoyed the first book in this trilogy wholeheartedly, but The Shattered Dark left me a little disappointed in terms of character development. Nonetheless, I am extremely drawn in by the love triangle between McKenzie, Aren, and Kyol and I look forward to the third and last book! (less)
When I first looked at the cover of My Life as A White Thrash Zombie, I was very turned off. I thought that it was a book meant for juveniles and the...moreWhen I first looked at the cover of My Life as A White Thrash Zombie, I was very turned off. I thought that it was a book meant for juveniles and the image on the cover certainly differed from what I was used to in the Urban Fantasy world. However, seeing many authors and readers raving about this made me think twice and give it a chance. Boy, was I glad that I did!
Around the first five chapters of the story, I remember thinking to myself how different the story was from what I expected. The novel was humorous, rough around the edges and depicts very real situations; it caught my interest from the start and didn't let go until the end. Angel is given a second chance, albeit in an unconventional way and I can see how so many people out there who are able to relate to Angel and just need support and a small push.
Brains to zombies in this story is a bit like an energy drink, or coffee to the common man. When I watch zombie movies, the minute a zombie says "Braaaaiiiinnns...", I'm out of there. It's too cliche and second hand embarrassment to me. However, the author depicted a zombie's urge for brains brilliantly. It was more of a spin of how a vampire needs blood rather than an overused, no-brainer (*ahem*, excuse the pun) idea.
Towards the halfway mark of the book, I realized I became emotionally attached to Angel. Sure, the book was more on the blithe side than the contrary but the author had a certain way of making sure the reader sympathized with Angel, seeing how she gravitated away from her old lifestyle and relationships with others. It made me start to respect Angel as a character and I think Diana Rowland really succeeded in churning out a character that the reader is able to actually care for.
The author's writing style is assuredly one of the most undaunted and unpretentious ones I've read and it eases you into the story without losing the essence of the character's viewpoint. The characters also had their own idiosyncrasies, even Angel's dad had his own moments which can touch your heart. Angel's job was specific without being plain or boring and the story itself had no down moments where someone was thinking too much or there was too much description about the city or surroundings. Basically, there were no boring moments.
One thing I have to say is, I did not like Angel's love life. I cannot say much without revealing a spoiler, but let's just put it at: I do not think they have any chemistry together. That is basically all I have to complain about it.
The bottom line is, I could try really hard to find parts of the story to complain about but I enjoyed it so much that it is easy to overlook. My Life as a White Thrash Zombie is definitely a very exhilarating breath of fresh air that draws out a zombie's life in a completely new perspective.(less)
How Ilona Andrews' are able to bring their characters to life with such depth and complexity is beyond me. I was thoroughly enthralled throughout the...moreHow Ilona Andrews' are able to bring their characters to life with such depth and complexity is beyond me. I was thoroughly enthralled throughout the story and Kate never gets boring. Heck, every single character in the book is intriguing and makes you want to keep flipping the page. There is never a dull moment and the fight scenes were detailed and spectacular, as if you were watching it happen in front of you.
It's no secret I am a huge fan/supporter of the Kate Daniels series, but the world-building is done so explicitly that every character is able to have its own spin-off. Without sounding too fan-girly or anything, with each book that comes out, I am marveled at how I am constantly able to finish the story in two sittings.
With that said, I am incredibly happy that there are three more books coming out! (less)
Imagine you were sitting in an alfresco cafe setting, the sun is warm and the ambiance is lively. Your perfect cup of coffee comes and it smells heave...moreImagine you were sitting in an alfresco cafe setting, the sun is warm and the ambiance is lively. Your perfect cup of coffee comes and it smells heavenly but after the first sip, you realize it's not what it seems. What's this you're feeling? That's right, frustration. It could have been good.
That's right. I was so frustrated out of my mind. The premise started out fine, it was nice seeing the female lead tend a bar and go head to head with angry patrons. Everything was nice and dandy until about half of the book.
Arcadia started off strong and independent with a mind of her own. Up till the point where Lon came along and basically solves the whole case for her. If Arcadia gets into trouble, Lon is there to save her. Arcadia needs answers? No problem, Lon has an abundant amount of contacts and resources she can use. The fact is, Lon basically spoon-feeds her throughout the whole book. Even without Lon, Arcadia seems to get answers too easily. The author was unable to convey the stress and urgency of the situation since Arcadia simply gets handed everything.
The mystery of the story wasn't the main focus, instead, the novel felt like it revolved around Arcadia and Lon's relationship, which is not a bad thing. What was bad is the ending of the book, which basically summarized all the answers into one chapter. Woo-hoo 'big reveal' wasn't so spectacular after all.
I liked Arcadia's powers and the world building of Earthbound and Aethyric demons but one thing that bugged me was that an 'age gap' was an emphasis in this novel. Lon is in his early forties and has a mustache. That's right, a mustache. Let's make it a point in saying that even in YA novels, some female characters fall in love with supernaturals that are hundreds or thousands of years old so forgive me if I don't comprehend the big deal about Lon being in his forties.
Let's not forget that Lon also mentions knowing Arcadia could be more than a friend straight off the bat. That just completely threw me off. Here I was, thinking their relationship was built up with a decent pace and boom, he just burst my whole bubble.
A plus point is Bennett's writing. It was easy to breeze through without being too casual with a sense of contemporary eloquence. It wasn't dry and in fact, was rather entertaining.
Jupe was also a darling in the book. His energy bounces off the wall and it really transcended past any other character's. He is also mature and eager to help (or meddle) and just a sweet kid.
Overall, a book that I had high hopes for but unfortunately failed to deliver although if you are looking for a Paranormal Romance with pretty hot scenes, look to this. (less)
Galenorn has an amazing knack of getting the world she created stuck in the reader's head.
I read this for about two nights and for those two nights I...moreGalenorn has an amazing knack of getting the world she created stuck in the reader's head.
I read this for about two nights and for those two nights I went to bed with dreams about this world and the characters. All characters were very, very present in the book and had a part to play. The story is intriguing, enthralling, and leaves you wanting more. It is a sure page-turner and there are absolutely no dull moments. The author injects surprise and story into every scene and chapter.
However, there are two things about the story that I didn't quite take to:
1) The dialogue and voices. There are so many characters, but a lot of the dialogue tended to be long winded and end up sounding like they are from the same voice. Most of it was okay, but nothing amazing.
2) What's up with the Part-Fae and Part-Were whatever? I'm tired of characters being half this and that. My opinion: Go big or go home. I would love to see the characters be a full-SOMETHING.
Also, a minor gripe of mine: Moon Spinners. Really? What kind of name is that? What is a moon spinner?
For what it's worth, I am a fan of the author's work. She is so talented and one really does become immersed in the world she has created. Night Seeker will sure to be on my pre-order list this summer! (less)
I admit, I had some expectations for this book. The prequel was nothing particularly spectacular but it had pote...moreNot even Death can save this book now.
I admit, I had some expectations for this book. The prequel was nothing particularly spectacular but it had potential. However, Grave Dance subsequently ruined whatever interest I had that was invested into this story. I feel disappointed, because I really enjoy the premise, the world building and a few of the characters.
Alexis Craft. While there were redeeming qualities about her, she annoyed me to no end in this book. I thought that she was inevitably portrayed as daft and weak, which are two characteristics that I am unable to tolerate in any story, daft being the worst. During a scene where she rants her head off to Falin (rightfully so, too) and tells him to get out which he dutifully agrees to, she immediately says, "Wait, maybe we can meet for drinks or something if the situations change."
After that statement, the whole novel pretty much started going downhill. Alexis has no integrity and worse, Falin came back for awhile now and she still does not press him for answers whatsoever. I am floored by how absolutely terrible this love triangle is. There was zero chemistry between Alex and Falin. Alex and Death, I can understand since they knew each other a whole lifetime and all, but still, none of the male characters' personalities were properly explored or displayed. Death, who I semi-like, was only riding on the tail coats of his love for Alex and nothing more; and even Falin who only had tenacity to his nature in the first book, had lost it. My problem is, they had no range of characteristics, they only usually show one emotion.
The writing was overly descriptive and I have to say, I skimmed through a number of paragraphs. It failed to hold my interest and a good number of times I was thinking, 'So... many... words..'. The book was filled with boring sentences and descriptions that was not pertinent to the story nor could I care less for. There was also so many things happening at once that I struggled to keep the story straight It felt like a maze that had things popping up and distracting you all the time.
One of the pros of this story would have to be the brownies. I thought they were a very original addition, a strange and quirky personality and held their own albeit their involvement was miniscule. I loved the world of the Fae and their magic; the enchanted disks were very creative. Of course, the weaving of the grave essence and planeweaving is something that was carefully created in the story, too.
Unfortunately, the cons outweigh the pros and it leaves me frustrated because I did grow quite attached to the storyline after the first book. I give the author kudos for taking on such an ambitious story, but sadly the execution failed to deliver and in fact leaves the reader in a befuddled state of mind. I highly doubt that I will be picking up the third book in the series. (less)
This isn't a book. This was something I could read in ten to fifteen minutes. It was more of a compilation of life's subtle downfalls and it wasn't ev...moreThis isn't a book. This was something I could read in ten to fifteen minutes. It was more of a compilation of life's subtle downfalls and it wasn't even entirely written by Jimmy Fallon himself!
Some of the lines were mildly hilarious but didn't set my tummy up to knots of laughter or anything like that.
Overbite started off with Meena Harper working with the Palatine guards due to her special ability. I will have to admit, the story was a little unfam...moreOverbite started off with Meena Harper working with the Palatine guards due to her special ability. I will have to admit, the story was a little unfamiliar to me since I didn't re-read the first book, but nonetheless the world in the story quickly came back to me.
There is something about Meg Cabot's writing that is lighthearted, funny and makes it easy to fly through. Her stories don't bore you, but it doesn't enthrall you either. While I quite liked the book, I found it hard to be categorized. It felt like a chick-lit infused with bits and pieces of paranormal elements rather than a straight up one-genre theme. That is, however, not a bad thing but it made it hard for me to take the supernatural part seriously.
What I really enjoyed was the idea of the Palatine guards. The Palatine guards, in real life are apparently defunct, so the revival of them in the book was an exciting aspect for me. I felt that the author did a good job in implementing the mystery around them, albeit a simple one. The members of the Palatine Guard were also courageous and enthusiastic about their job, namely the fighting nun (I adored that idea!) and Alaric Wulf. Holtzman did remind me of a naive older boss, but he turned out to be pretty spunky too.
Lucien and Meena were a very apparent pair up that I could not wait to be done and over with. This is the part where I felt that Meg Cabot failed to capture my interest. Lucien's whole vibe and personality was just unsuccessful in proving to be evil, or have that 'dark lord' evilness. As the reader, I was able to predict his actions all along and he never gave me that element of surprise.
There is also Meg Cabot's writing that is in the third person but switches the main viewpoints so quickly and suddenly that gets me confused at times. While her writing style makes it easy for the readers to go through the book, it also fails to immerse the reader into the world.
The story ended in a sweet, calculable kind of way. I liked the book as a whole and it can be refreshing breath of air from your normal dark urban fantasy if you need a slight change but cannot pry away from the paranormal theme. (less)
I am swept away by surprise when it comes to this new series. I dived into the world not having much expectations whatsoever, but the story captured m...moreI am swept away by surprise when it comes to this new series. I dived into the world not having much expectations whatsoever, but the story captured me and placed me right in midst of everything that was happening.
Let's first talk about Cicely Waters. She is the main protagonist of the story and is apparently all tough chick bad ass who grew up learning how to fight on the streets (and repeats this a couple of times). I liked her, in general, when she wasn't bending over backwards begging for someone to take her there and then, or checking out her own abs and hair in the mirror.
Don't get me wrong, the chemistry between her and the male leads were hot, and by that, I mean sizzling hot. It's a rare thing for an author to write such scenes without leaving the reader with second hand embarrassment. But get this, even after finishing the whole book, I found it hard to pinpoint Cicely's real personality. If I remember correctly, the only time she really fought was sticking a knife through a goblin dog and using a fan to harness her wind powers. Even then, it doesn't really do much except blow the enemies back. I would like to see the author write more thorough fight scenes.
I loved the world building of the Fae, Vampires and Vampric Fae. I thought it was a nice element to branch into and like I mentioned earlier, the world really sucked me in. It was mystical, full of charm and reminded me of a game like Final Fantasy where a group of people band together to save the world. I kept wanting to read more and more until I realized it was the end.
Galenorn's writing was beautiful without being pretentious. Her descriptions of the forests and elements were wonderful and creative. The pacing of the story was quick and keeps you glued to the scenes and there was never a dull moment. A minor setback was that in midst of all the events that was happening, the flow of the story started to become a little choppy and messy but it's not a major issue that would hinder you from reading further.
A really great read overall and a book that definitely left an impression on me. (less)
Grave Witch was one big mystery. It wasn't the most exceptional book, but it had a sense of originality where the world weaves through different plane...moreGrave Witch was one big mystery. It wasn't the most exceptional book, but it had a sense of originality where the world weaves through different planes and that the main supernatural elements are witches and Fae. The book as a whole pushed my mind to a different world and the mystery kept the wheels of my brain turning, but a detail that I can't look past is this-
The male leads.
Look, I understand how Falin is a character that can make our panties drop and reach for our napkins to wipe off the drool but while I'm reading a book about a potential love interest, I kind of look beyond the chiseled body, sculptured abs and ability to make a woman's toes curl throughout the night. Falin hardly showed much of his personality besides constantly yelling, "Alex! You are not involved in this investigation!" or wildly panicking and getting into trouble while trying to save Alex.
I was more in-tuned with Death. I felt like he was more sensitive and showed more of an emotional side while Falin is all tough dude ninety percent of the time. Perhaps I lean towards characters like Death more, but my gripe is that he only appears a total of about five times in the whole book, not to mention he freaking disappears so quickly all the time.
If I was sleeping with a guy that has a body of a Spartan or Greek God and found out he was the lover of a supposed Queen of a supernatural race, I would run the hell away and punch his face before doing so. What does Alex do? She agrees to have dinner with him and potentially sleeping with him again. Is she daft? I have yet to ascertain, but I do know that I enjoyed the mystery and this series has potential. (less)
A slight biography/mix-up of Justin Halpern's dad's sayings over the years he was growing up. It was a quick, humorous book that I flew by in an hour...moreA slight biography/mix-up of Justin Halpern's dad's sayings over the years he was growing up. It was a quick, humorous book that I flew by in an hour or so and I found myself laughing out loud or chuckling to myself. There isn't much to say about the book except it's entertaining and will be great for someone who likes a laugh. I also think it's sweet of Justin to write a book about his dad, and we can see how loving his dad actually is. (less)
While obviously not the best literature I've ever read, I bought this book out of curiosity and also, having watched Jersey Shore for pure entertainme...moreWhile obviously not the best literature I've ever read, I bought this book out of curiosity and also, having watched Jersey Shore for pure entertainment purposes, I became a fan of Jwoww, mainly due to her strong character and her role as a nurturer towards her friends.
The book was simply about 'rules' from Jwoww from the Jersey Shore, giving women advice on how to deal with men, beauty, dating, self confidence, exercise etc.. It's the whole package! Certainly, there were many 'rules' that I absolutely disagreed with, but it was a quick, fun and harmless read that gave me more insight to how she thinks.
At the end of it, she just wants to teach women how to be happy and have strength and self-confidence and from my point of view, that can never be a bad thing. (less)