Congratulations, Rachel Caine, you have officially made me care about Claire Danvers and the rest of Morganville again!
Bite Club was without a doubt,...moreCongratulations, Rachel Caine, you have officially made me care about Claire Danvers and the rest of Morganville again!
Bite Club was without a doubt, a step up from the last few books which frankly, just felt like fillers. Being the 10th book in the series, the storyline was refreshing and intriguing.
I absolutely adored Myrnin. He's an actual part of the scooby-gang in this installment and there were parts where he showed his fondness for Claire and that he was not just a wacky monster. His behavior in this book was cute and made me go "awww".
Claire, I felt, really grown up in this book, although I disagreed with a lot of choices that she made. Especially a big one, at the end of the book; but I can understand her point of view. She's a lot more aggressive and stronger and actually made me respect a whole deal.
This doesn't mean the book is without flaws though, because I have a hell lot to complain about-
1) Shane's POV. It is one of the worst POV's I've ever read. It felt more like a "telling" rather than "showing" and gave me the impression like he was writing in his journal. I didn't like it a single bit. His POV was contradicting his real time actions and I just wasn't into it. Also, I've come to not care about Shane anymore. He seems to have too many daddy issues and I want to see him grow up for once!
2) Rachel Caine's writing. Her writing improved a lot from the previous books where too many cheesy lines and amateurish words were used. Don't get me wrong, there still are these lines in the book but much less. To me, be it a YA book or not, a book in its entirety should promote good English and not advocate the use of certain words like... "jinxies". I get it, it's cute... but also really lame. Bite Club, may I remind you, is also the TENTH book in this series, however Caine chooses to remind us over and over again that Morganville is "the weirdest town ever" or just plain "weird". Lastly, it seems that whenever she describes Eve, it always has to do with "Goth black". In fact, I read several sentences where she describes the word 'black' as 'Goth black'.
With that said, I really enjoyed the mystery and the story in this installment. With ten books (and two more) coming out, I can only say that the books are hits and misses but this one did put my faith back into this series just when I was planning to get out of it. Again, Caine has dragged me deep into the depths of Morganville. (less)
I understand that this was meant for the YA genre, but not only was the writing amateur, the storyline was painfully...moreI didn't finish Personal Demons.
I understand that this was meant for the YA genre, but not only was the writing amateur, the storyline was painfully cliche and two different POVs did not help a single bit. Frannie was annoying, whiny and ultimately, did not make me care for her. Perhaps I have had enough of the good girl turned rebel theme that is commonly overused in the YA world.
Luc was a whiny demon that was indecisive and couldn't handle himself. As a demon, he was weak and soft hearted. Gabriel was just existent in the book. I grew tired and bored of Frannie shuffling herself between two guys in a childish high school scenario: "Are you sitting with me during lunch?" To be fair, the author was probably trying to depict a realistic scenario, but the amateur writing style and cheesy lines did not make the story any better.
While this is not the worst book I've ever read (think 'Fallen' *shudders*), it certainly doesn't lead me to care about any of the characters, nor bother to find out what happens to them. Frannie could date Luc or Gabriel for all I care, or best, both.
Oh lordy lord. The Kate Daniels series has officially become one of my new obsessions.
I just love Kate. She's really brought a whole new level to sna...moreOh lordy lord. The Kate Daniels series has officially become one of my new obsessions.
I just love Kate. She's really brought a whole new level to snarkiness and sarcasm. There were several sentences that made me laugh out loud and got me smiling to myself. Kate Daniels is easily my favorite female character out of all the series I've read.
I probably sound like a fangirl here, but I loved loved loved every single minute of the book. The fantasy sucked me into a whole new realm, the scenes were vivid and the characters had a depth to them. While he played a huge part in this story, sadly Curran wasn't present as much as I would have liked.
The ending was really sweet. It's the type that would make your heart squeal and make you giggle like a school girl. It might also make you green with envy, take your pick. I'm surprised this series isn't optioned for a movie or something, seeing how amazing it is. It's been a long time since a series completely sucked me into its world. (less)
Uglies has many underlying messages with a play on our modern culture's take on plastic surgery and our society's constant pursuit of perfection.
I li...moreUglies has many underlying messages with a play on our modern culture's take on plastic surgery and our society's constant pursuit of perfection.
I liked how Westerfeld churned a futuristic story from our current problems or trends like anorexia or being vegan. The story itself was very well written and Tally, while not perfect, had a complex and realistic personality.
One of the few problems was that there was way too much technical detail for me. I'll admit I skimmed through many of their hovercroft moments just to get on with the story. The first few chapters were dull and bored me and only really picked up when Tally reached the Smokes.
The story does have many positive messages and I find the author to be highly creative and inventive but ultimately, I've decided that while this was a good story, it's not one that I would continue with. (less)
Ahhhhhh!!!! Why does each book in this series make me want to scream like a madman at the end?? In a good way, of course.
Ilona Andrews really needs t...moreAhhhhhh!!!! Why does each book in this series make me want to scream like a madman at the end?? In a good way, of course.
Ilona Andrews really needs to stop doing this to me. My heart surged as I read this; my stomach did somersaults as I got to the ending. In true Kate Daniels fashion, why me?
Like the rest of the books in the series but only better, this was a action-packed, witty with subtle humor that will make you chuckle. The plot was fantastic and as always, Andrews incorporates a lot of different elements into their fantasy that we would not normally see.
Derek has grown on me so much that when I found out what happened to him, it tugged on my heartstrings and even I felt like killing his attacker. He's like Kate's little brother and their relationship is really sweet, like Kate and Julie's. We are also introduced to a few new characters in this book which I liked, they were interesting and original that I don't mind reading more of.
Don't even get me started on Curran and Kate's relationship because I might need a bucket of ice to cool myself down. I hold such admiration for Kate. Throw me in her place and I wouldn't be able to resist Curran for more than 2 seconds. That hot tub scene? Classic.(less)
The world of Kate Daniels is like a vast ocean. It looks so plain and simple from the outside, but if you dive deeper it's a myriad of wonders. It is...moreThe world of Kate Daniels is like a vast ocean. It looks so plain and simple from the outside, but if you dive deeper it's a myriad of wonders. It is amazing that with each book (this is book 5), there is no better or worse but the story stands for itself- it gives you different emotions and excitement that it's like tasting a new dish each time.
What can I say? I loved it. I lapped up every word. I have never seen a female character as strong as Kate but still rational and vulnerable that cares so much for her loved ones. She is not perfect and she knows it, she admits it and faces her demons head on. Kate is like my role model for facing troubled times. I'm not saying take a sword and start a massacre, but knowing when to let things go, waiting for the right timing and persevering even when times are so tough that you want to break down. Ilona Andrews has molded Kate Daniels perfectly; she is the perfect female character- at least, to me.
You can also see from the writing that much research has gone into it and there were elements of both Ilona and Gordon injected into it, for example the military aspects and scientific aspects. There were no empty or boring moments and I loved the Kate and Andrea team! Ascanio is also a wonderful new introduction to the story and with each book, there are no simple "demons" or "vampires" but a whole new different concept of monsters or evil that is refreshing.
A small detail that bugs me is Curran. I don't advocate violence against women and not that he abuses her or anything, but some of the 'sparring' scenes made me frown. However, it is understandable that he is the pack leader and they have a different way of doing things.
If you couldn't already tell, this book was stellar. (less)
I first started on this series, hoping that it would cure me of my Kate Daniels addiction. Boy, was I completely wrong.
It threw me into a whole new d...moreI first started on this series, hoping that it would cure me of my Kate Daniels addiction. Boy, was I completely wrong.
It threw me into a whole new dimension of obsession. You can't even compare The Edge with Kate Daniels as they are two utterly different series. Ilona Andrews is one of those authors where everything they write turns into pure magic.
I absolutely love all the characters in the novel. The kids were just precious and I'm dying to find out what happens to them next (although the sequel doesn't focus on Rose and Declan). William is a broken soul and I teared up at one of his scenes towards the end. I anticipate reading his story in the sequel. Even Rose's Grandma had a personality on her own. She was just fabulously sassy.
Rose and Declan's romance was passionate and delicate at the same time. Andrews built up the chemistry steadily and didn't dive them into love too quickly. It was one of those romances that made your heart thump faster and smile to yourself.
The premise of the story was slightly bizarre but marvelous. It was certainly very original. Sometimes I wonder, how does Andrews come up with settings like this? Never in my life would I able to create such a world. The magic powers, the creatures etc.
A fantastic and breathtaking book and usually I would find a lot of faults with the first book in some series but I had a feeling that this would be amazing from the first chapter and I was proven right! (less)
It's an incredible tale of courage, strength, friendship, love and compassion. I was consumed by the character's passion t...moreI am floored by this story.
It's an incredible tale of courage, strength, friendship, love and compassion. I was consumed by the character's passion to protect each other and fight for their planet. It was well written and the I could feel the emotions of all the characters. Especially Bernie Kosna.
The world drew me in with the images vivid in my mind. While John was not my favorite character, he is certainly appealing and I enjoy that he struggles through his legacies and they are not just given to him easily. He also goes through a whirlwind of emotions with Sarah, which is sweet and romantic. Sam also plays the part of an accepting true friend.
While I cannot say much in fear of spoilers, all I can say is the ending is truly bittersweet. That a little dog has captured my heart and I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book when this story has already taken me on a rollercoaster ride. (less)
I really enjoy anthologies. For the record, I feel like it's a good platform for the author to establish their writing ability and let readers have a...moreI really enjoy anthologies. For the record, I feel like it's a good platform for the author to establish their writing ability and let readers have a sample of their work. It's also great exposure, if you ask me. As a whole, this book is not bad and gave a great variety of stories.
Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney- 1 star.
I really did not enjoy this. The writing was amateur at best, the protagonist was rather unlikeable and was really boy crazy. This sentence is stil etched in my brain: "He was just freakin' gorgeous!" Yeah, that kind of makes me want to go WTF. I'm quite disappointed as I was looking forward to The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney in 2011. Now I'm not so sure anymore.
Shelter Island by Melissa De La Cruz- 3 stars.
This was a very short and sweet story. It's not jam-packed with action nor does anything epic really happen but I thoroughly enjoyed de la Cruz's writing and the setting of the story. The writing was vivid and entertaining enough and I'm looking forward to reading Blue Blood.
Sword Point by Maria V. Snyder- 4 stars.
I really enjoyed this! The charcters were full of personality and I love the competitive streak of the protagonist. The story went by too fast and I want more!
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown- 5 stars.
Wow. I was blown away by this story. It had a fantastic concept and had a whole new different take to vampires! It engrossed me till the end and I hope this will become a full book.
Undead is Very Hot Right Now- 1 star.
Ugh. The writing was full of "Ums" and "Ers" and the plot was cliche to say the least. I didn't even finish this.
Kat by Kelley Armstrong- 4 stars.
This was good! The concept was fresh and I enjoyed reading it. It was action packed from the get go but I just didn't take a liking to Marguerite's character.
The Thirteenth Step by Libba Bray- 5 stars.
WOAH. I certainly did not see that hot scene coming. This was a long short story but it was creepy in a good way. Libba Bray is quite the amazing author! I feel like there were a lot of underlying themes in the story that can make a great full book.
All Hollows by Rachel Caine- 3 stars.
I just want to say that Eve is my least favourite character out of all the MV characters but Miranda comes real close so having her in the story makes everything worse. But this was a nice insight from Eve's POV and a good short story to quench the thirst until Ghost Town comes out. I miss Oliver and Myrnin already!
Wet Teeth by Cecil Castellucci- 2 stars.
This story was kind of grotesque and poetic in a sense. I keep thinking about the skin trapped in the teeth and.. ugh. I just can't. It just wasn't for me.
Other Boys by Cassandra Clare- No rating.
I didn't read this. I swear off anything from this author.
Passing by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie- 5 stars.
FANTASTIC! I love the setting and plot of the story. I'm so glad there's a full book. I'm definitely picking up Crusade!
Ambition by Lili St. Crow- No rating.
I gave up after a few pages. It wasn't the kind of story I was interested in so there's no rating.
All Wounds by Dina James- 5 stars.
This was fantastic! I really loved the concept of a healer that heals on neutral grounds. The characters are those that I would love to read more of. Apparently this is the start of a fully book so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!(less)