I can’t handle my feelings for all the drama/love/wickedness in The Golden Lilly.
My love for Sydney has definitely grew, up until the end that is. She...moreI can’t handle my feelings for all the drama/love/wickedness in The Golden Lilly.
My love for Sydney has definitely grew, up until the end that is. She makes me crazy with how she can’t catch subtle clues and how naive she is at times. Smart girl, but lacks social experience, but can we honestly blame it on that any more? 3 months have passed in these books and she’s still making the same mistake. I honestly do not see how you can miss someone liking you. I do not get it. There were too many hints, too many things happened that at some point you’d have to know. I do feel like I know Sydney though. I really feel for her when she’s uncomfortable or when things just freak her out. She’s just a good character that tugs my heart strings.
Don’t even get me started on Adrian. I love you. I do. You make my heart flutter and if you were real, I’d definitely lock Sydney up and throw away the key. He goes from being smart and sarcastic to drunk as a skunk and I’m left wondering- is it really necessary for you to self medicate? I give him loads of kudos for telling it like it is to Sydney. She can can dish it, so obviously she needs to take it once in awhile.
That ending, though! Totally unexpected. Well, if I had been in her place I definitely wouldn’t have walked away, but GOODNESS! Sydney. How could you? I know you have a code of honour, but girl, you seriously screwed up. I was literally at the edge of my seat reading. Honestly, I sounded like a mad woman with all my groaning and muttering. Even my poor mom knew the book wasn’t going the way I wanted it- I don’t see how she put up with me at that moment. Total overload.
Like the Bloodlines, The Golden Lily has mystery that needs solving and Sydney is just the perfect girl for the job. It’s more violent, has more romance (woo-hoo!) in both expected AND unexpected ways, and, to me, a lot more mystery. We learn that Alchemists aren’t the only ones around and I’m not a queasy person, but I was repulsed by the violence of, well, I can’t say because of massive spoiler. Maybe I’m just hung up on vampires and need to be re-educated…?
Pre-ordering a copy of The Indigo Spell because I’m absolutely dying to know what happens next.
Do rush into this series and throw caution to the wind, walk on the wild side for once -Don’t be a Sydney Sage-, and I stress again, check out this series!(less)
Wow. Just wow. Can you believe it took me less than 24 hours to read Awake at Dawn? No? I can't either. I'm hooked on this series!
I take back what I s...more Wow. Just wow. Can you believe it took me less than 24 hours to read Awake at Dawn? No? I can't either. I'm hooked on this series!
I take back what I said about Kylie being in the too special heroine category. Once you read AaD, you'll see what I'm talking about. I'm not a fan of characters that are overly special. It can drive me nuts. I was hoping Kylie wouldn't turn out like that and she didn't. Sure, she's got a little more than the average supe, but I like that she grows (literally) into her own powers. Her powers are steady and I appreciate the thought the author gave it, so it's not overwhelming and it doesn't seem cliche. And at the same time, I was able to feel for her, connect to her, instead of losing that connection -what makes her relatable- as she turned more supe than human.
Can we talk about that love triangle? I'm definitely a Lucas fan, but Derek stole the show this time around. His sweet nature, the glances, the hot body- how could Kylie resist?! Right now, I feel as though Lucas and Derek are evenly matched. With what happens toward the end of the book, I'm not sure what the future holds for one of the contenders though. Which is a shame, honestly. Anywho, I definitely love how this is playing out. The characters are just perfect for the reader to fall in love with right along with Kylie. She's a lucky girl, that's for sure.
Don't even get me started on her best friends and all the supporting characters in general. How can you not love the bickering vampire and witch that is Della and Miranda? My pet peeve is when best friends are shoved to the side to make room for other things, this doesn't happen in Awake at Dawn. I love those girls, they make me laugh so hard and they balance out the seriousness in the story. I also really love Burnett. I didn't think I would, but I do. He's becoming one of those characters that if he ever gets killed off (knock on wood- how could I even think such a thing) I will bawl my eyes out. Even Perry is growing on me and can I just say him and Miranda need to get together already! Really, the Shadow Falls series has such great characters that you're bound to fall for one of them (or all of them).
The story-line this time around is a bit darker and it has a sightly more mature feeling compared to the previous book. Since our dear Kylie has ghosts to follow her around, you can guess that, yep, she had another ghost she had to put up with. I like how we get to see more of how we think ghosts are- (besides the coldness) breaking things, random things turning on, etc. I'm becoming pretty into the paranormal genre, so it hits the spot just right. There's a lot of self-exploration, ass-kicking (badassery really), hysterical, and down right sad moments in this book.
I simply loved this book. Loved it. Not like, love. L. O. V. E. Thank you Lee Nichols for writing such an amazing book!
Deception reminds me of The Mum...more I simply loved this book. Loved it. Not like, love. L. O. V. E. Thank you Lee Nichols for writing such an amazing book!
Deception reminds me of The Mummy in so many ways. If you've ever watched The Mummy, you know it has a lot to do with old antiquities, Brendan Fraser, cool reincarnations, Brendan Fraser, mummies, and well, just really awesome things (did I mention Brendan Fraser?). In Deception we get antiquities, mystery, spooky urn/ash scenes, and overall freakin awesomeness! It really combines all the things I love most into a book that's hard to put down.
Meet Emma, daughter of antiquity sellers and lovers of possessions of the dead, she's 17 and home alone after her parents disappeared and they haven't been in contact since. Sounds like the start of some horror movie, right? Who in their right mind leaves a 17 year old in a house that's a mausoleum, and you only have one employee? Apparently, these parents do. While Emma is home alone she starts having these weird things happen to her. Shadows moving. Reliving other peoples memories. Just thinking about it sends chills up my arms.
Emma is an decent character. She can be annoying at times, like when she's whining (later on in the book) or obsessing over Bennett. It was a little unbelievable that she up and moved across the country with Bennett when her parents couldn't be found. She didn't even question his judgement, hell, she didn't even know him that well. BUT, when Emma interacts with things-I-shall-not-name, it's gold. I can't get enough of her interactions with them. Learning about Emma, learning about her past, learning about, well, everything is just engaging. I am a little disappointed that she fell into the category of heroines that are just too special, specialer that the rest types. I am glad, that she wasn't the only one that could do what she did though, that saved a bit teeth grinding for me.
Speaking of Bennett, he just doesn't do anything for me. Don't get me wrong, he can be sexy at times, but compare him to the Rake (you'll know who if you read the book) and there is no competition. Bennett is just sort of there. I didn't really get his 'voice' and he didn't have much page time to compared to other minor characters. He is definitely a mysterious characters and one those types that says, "We can't be together." and avoids confrontation- to give him the benefit of the doubt though, he has a really, really, good reason for being that way.
I honestly loved the storyline. It's constant and continually moves so you don't get bored. However, I am disappointed that some scenes weren't more...well, more. I felt that some of the most important scenes could have been fleshed out and expanded. With the way a few of them go by so quick it almost makes you do a double take. Not that they aren't good, it just could have been better, more drawn out, with added dialogue. The flash backs scenes were amazing though and very, very creepy (as are tons of other scenes and it's a very, very good thing).
My warning to to those reading Deception- have book two on hand! That ending was absolutely CRAZY! It sent chills up my arms and made me question a certain persons actions. Yes, it's a cliff hanger. Yes, you will want to pull out your hair. And yes, you will want to immediately find out what happens. Pick this one up, you won't regret it.(less)
Specials is by far the best in the series. I can't wrap my brain around how awesome it is...and that's saying a lot.
Tally gets another operation that...moreSpecials is by far the best in the series. I can't wrap my brain around how awesome it is...and that's saying a lot.
Tally gets another operation that she doesn't want and ends up a special Special. Dr. Cables group of specials, that is. Along with Shay, Fausto, and other Crims (all of which are now specials and are now called Cutters) they're out hunting Smokies, trying to stop the spread of the cure. At least, that's how it is up until their plan goes awry.
This time, Tally really confused me. She has so much going on, so many things conflicting, it was hard to decide if I liked the new Tally or hated her. She didn't have Zane to keep her grounded. She had only the Cutters to rely on. Even though she's a special, deep down, she's always Tally and I couldn't help but like her. Zane, my cool cat, isn't a special. I don't want to say too much, but he still has cognitive problems thanks to taking the wrong cure pill in Pretties. Zane doesn't have much face time in Specials and neither does David for that matter. That's truly the only problem I have with the Uglies series. Her love interests don't have enough time in all the books. I like David, I like Zane. Tally likes David, Tally likes Zane and vice versa. Do you see the problem? Tally has been cut up, manipulated, and she still can't get a decent kiss in with a love interest. Now that, my friends, is just criminal.
Once again Tally is tromping through the the wilderness and saving people and trying to 'rewire' herself. The girl can't catch a break no matter what she does. Tally's adventure this time is actually my favourite out of all three books. She has so much to get over and I feel so terribly sorry for her because of it. All throughout the book you can see the change that being a special has done to her as she's trying to cure Zane, find the New Smoke, it's all just breathtaking (and heartbreaking) at what she has to do.
There's a lot of stuff blowing up, people jumping off of buildings, causing trouble, and basically just trying to save the world from being brainless Pretties. You definitely won't be disappointed in Specials.(less)
I’ll be upfront with you, Sweet Evil reminds me of Hush, Hush and The Mortal Instruments. Is that a bad thing? No. Did it feel as though I have alread...moreI’ll be upfront with you, Sweet Evil reminds me of Hush, Hush and The Mortal Instruments. Is that a bad thing? No. Did it feel as though I have already read it before? Definitely no. Sometimes books have a way of overlapping in my mind. I may be reading a werewolf book and then switch over to another series about werewolves- and guess what usually happens? I start thinking, “Well, where is so-and-so?” I’ll rake my brain and try to find him and then be like, “Oh. Duh. Wrong series.” With Sweet Evil, there is no chance you will get a series confused (I may just be in that category by myself). What I’m getting at, is that Sweet Evil has enough of its own special thing that there’s no way you would think you were reading Hush, Hush or any other. That is what I LOVE about this book.
There is so much to be discovered with Sweet Evil. From demons, angels, spirits, guardian angels, to extra sensitive senses and everything in-between. I really loved how the author explained things. The word for it would be… addicting. I was often disappointed because parts of the explainations were saved for later when I wanted them right now. That’s honestly a personal problem though and nothing to do with the book itself, just my impatience.
I was a little worried about Anna and the covenant- the way religion would be explained and come into play. I like my books to be pretty neutral on religion, again, that is a personal preference, but Sweet Evil did a pretty good job at keeping religion part of the storyline and nothing more. You really can’t avoid religion with a subject like angels anyhow. I did like that the author was constant with Anna praying and whatnot- it made me glad it wasn’t a fly by night idea where, “Hey, my character prayed once so now I don’t have to ever talk about it again” type thing.
Speaking of Anna, she’s a steadfast character. She continually struggles with the bad side of her nature. Not once does she flip the magical switch that suddenly makes her immune to dangerous impulses. That is what I love about Anna, she struggles, makes mistakes, wants to do better, and at times, fails. The only bad thing about Anna is her infatuation with Kai. It comes to the point where she’s just another girl wanting to stick her paws on him and inevitably falls into the, “I love him, but we can’t be together, he thinks he’s so bad for me. I’ll just take a Bella moment and cry for a few months, too bad I don’t have a best friend named Jacob” category. I do give her credit for trying to resist him and failing.
As for Kai, being the son of lust, you can just imagine the sexy times he gets into. Even though he was trying to act as though they were bad for each other and just saying the absolutely wrong things (I totally would have beat him to a pulp, just saying) he is probably my one of my favourite lead male characters. I like that Anna eventually strips him down of his bad boy exterior and we get to see the real Kai. As for our our minor characters, there is not one character I dislike. Well, I think that’s a lie, I have a few characters I don’t like for obvious reasons such as being the bad guy or what not. I do have a grip about Anna’s father “Jonathan LaGray” and their relationship. I had a real hard time believing what I read when they first met. I know I sure don’t treat every Sargum Sam (woo-hoo southern slang!) like that when we first meet. Heck, I don’t even treat distant family members like that. I just can’t imagine living everyday of my life with anger and then it burning out at the drop of a hat.
Besides the storyline being set in the south, I really have no idea why she’s described as being a southern girl- because she is sweet? (Sweet and southern don’t always go together, y’all.) The south and being southern really had no purpose other than to put distance between her and her father. Which is a little disappointing.
Even though I have some nitpicks with Sweet Evil, I enjoyed reading it and I didn’t want to stop (I admit I stopped several times to try and make the book last longer- it didn’t work). I only hope that the sequel will come out soon and solve all of those mysterious questions I have burning on my tongue.(less)
Tally finally gets what she wants and becomes a pretty. Unfortunately, pretty Tally reminded me of Ugly Tally. I didn't really see a huge personality...moreTally finally gets what she wants and becomes a pretty. Unfortunately, pretty Tally reminded me of Ugly Tally. I didn't really see a huge personality swap. At times, I could tell she was a pretty, using all that annoying slang, but mostly, I felt she was too...there. Unlike the pretties we've read about before, Tally just doesn't act like them and I'm slightly disappointed.
The story this time around revolves around Tally and her escape from New Pretty Town. Not too different from Uglies, but this time she throwing some serious tricks. Tally has teamed up with Zane, leader of the Crims, and together, they're trying their best to escape and raise awareness about the New Smoke. I didn't enjoy the beginning, I liked some parts, but I didn't really get into it until about 80 or so pages in when the action started to happen.
I did like Tally better in Pretties than I did in Uglies and I think it's mostly thanks to Zane. He's pretty much a cool cat in my book now. Peris on the other hand...I just don't see how they were ever best friends. He just seemed to be some kind of plot device (if you could call him that) and he had no real personality or interaction with Tally. His purpose in Uglies was to lead her over to New Pretty Town and meet Shay. In Pretties, he's just there for her to meet more new characters. He just has no real purpose other than being a tool.
I'm beginning to see a trend: have Tally jump off high things, have Tally tromp through the wilderness by herself, and have Tally save people. Not that I particularly mind any of that. In a way, I sort of wish Tally wasn't such a strong character. She deserves a break every once in awhile.
I definitely had fun reading Pretties, especially cause there were a bunch of things that I absolutely did not see coming (and that twisted ending...gosh). I'm dying to read Specials now and see what Tally is going to get herself in to.(less)
If I could name any one book that had everything I looked for in a good, fascinating read, this would be it.
All ugly Tally wants to be is pretty and...moreIf I could name any one book that had everything I looked for in a good, fascinating read, this would be it.
All ugly Tally wants to be is pretty and join her best friend Peris in New Pretty Town. I'll admit, the names just sound silly. Uglies, Pretties, Littlies, New Pretty Town, Rusties, they remind me of something my four year old cousin would say. There's a lot of other slang that takes some getting used to, but don't let it put you off! Uglies is set in a society where everyone has an operation to become pretty by a certain age. Peris has already became pretty and Tally makes one last trip to see him before her operation in 3 months. Uglies and Pretties don't mix, so you can imagine she gets into some trouble which is just the start of her adventure.
I like Tally, she's not my favourite character ever, but she's not overly annoying. The only thing that bugs me is her obsession with being pretty. She goes on and on a few times about it, but she's been brainwashed to think anyone who hasn't been made pretty is automatically ugly. I guess I can forgive her for that, because she does, eventually, start to see the world differently.
I don't want to go into the story of Uglies, or what Tally gets herself into, but in a nutshell, she has to decide if becoming pretty is worth the price of betraying her friends. I like the adventures she has, I like the cast of characters, I like the setting, basically there's nothing about this book that I dislike. I am really surprised at how gender neutral Uglies is, I was not expecting that and you could say I got a little frustrated with the lack of romance. Westerfeld's writing more than made up for it though.
With the ideas presented later in the story, it's almost eerie to think about something like that happening in the future. I definitely recommend this one to anyone.(less)
Kristin Cashore is absolutely brilliant and my new favourite author.
In Fire, we meet whole new cast of characters (excluding Leck, that is, which is...moreKristin Cashore is absolutely brilliant and my new favourite author.
In Fire, we meet whole new cast of characters (excluding Leck, that is, which is where the ties to Graceling comes in), just as lovely as the first- I know before I said I was disappointed, but that was before I met them! I think this time around, I felt a bigger connection to the characters than I did in Graceling. Especially Fire and her struggle against what she is. She has problems with her beauty, constantly has to cover her hair in order to fend off men, women, and monsters- think of a moth and a candle it'll get so close it'll kill itself because it's attracted to the light. Her period also puts her in danger, from what I understood, it was the scent of her blood that drove monsters wild, not totally with desire, but because she was monster prey. Her journey is full of heartache and she really pulled my heart strings. I like how fearless she is, even when faced with something dire, she kept pushing.
Archer, Fires friend (and lover at times), was one I really liked up until he got the dreaded jealous lover syndrome. Otherwise, I liked his hothead and how cocky he could be. Really, I pretty much liked every character, the bad guys, the royal family (our grey eyed prince, Brigan), the guards, I can't find a lot of fault in them.
Personally, I think Fire was even better than Graceling. The story itself is enough to make you keep reading. I teared up a bunch of times, because there are times that are just so heartbreaking and it was all I could do but sniff. Not that the story is incredibly sad and dreary, most of the time it's fast paced and you're glued to your seat just begging to find out what's next. You get a lot of questions by the time the book has ended, but you're left with even more questions that have been answered. What I really liked though was the monsters throughout the story. Monster leopards, monster cats, monster mice, monster raptors, all with different colours. Reds, golds, greens, just weird looking monster animals. I loved reading about them and I think having Fire as a monster made me even more fascinated.
I want to comment on the debate of sexuality in Fire. For some reason, it's getting people riled up. The writing alludes to sex, and gives no descriptions, but it seems that a casual attitude for sex is just unforgivable. Fire stated she does not want children, therefore she takes a medicine after having sex to stop pregnancy from happening- a birth control. If Fire has a casual attitude toward sex, I don't see it. She was having a relationship with her best friend -a person she loved-, a relationship that gradually became more. If having sex with one person counts as casual sex, then off with their heads and everyone elses who has had sex at seventeen! While, yes, people are having sex, getting pregnant without meaning to, producing illegitimate children, but doesn't this happen in real life? Don't people cheat in real life?
Again, Fire is better than Graceling, just as good, but it surpasses it when it comes to the characters. If you loved Graceling, you'll love Fire even more. (less)
To start off: this is probably the funniest, most romantic book I've ever read. Well, maybe not most romantic, but it certainly does a good job.
I wasn...moreTo start off: this is probably the funniest, most romantic book I've ever read. Well, maybe not most romantic, but it certainly does a good job.
I wasn't really sure I wanted to read it. When I started, the writing just seemed weird or maybe I should say, the main character reminded me of a complete air-head and I was really turned off...until a few pages later and she got on the plane. While I had been 'meh' on Emma up that point, once she started blurting out her secrets on the plane, which had hit a patch of turbulence, I started to love her. Not because she was sharing her secrets, but because she was funny and she honestly thought she was going to die!
The stranger she's sharing her precious secrets with turns out to be her boss. The Boss with a capital B. Jack Harper is a mystery man and downright sexy. The things he does are hilarious. He has poor little Emma on her toes throughout the book and their reactions to one another are priceless. In my usual reading, I would rather have the main character end up with the other guy, but for this one, I was rooting for Jack the whole time. I was just waiting and waiting and waiting for something to happen between the two if them and when it finally did, it was bliss. I actually squealed with joy. No really. I did. I squealed several times actually.
I can't say I loved the whole book though. Emma's parents and her cousin are sort of cliche. The cousin moves in, becomes the star of the family and then their actual child is left with the bits and pieces. But the cousin gets hers, so in the end that worked out. Emma's friends, however, are very annoying! I hated Jemima. She was a thoughtless person and was very self-centered. Nothing in this world could make me like her. The other friend, Lissy, is better, but at times she seems smart and then at others, I felt she was dumb-downed. She's a lawyer for crying out loud! Emma has her own flaws as well. She doesn't say what she likes or dislikes. With her boyfriend Connor, she's lying that she likes this or that, when in reality, she utterly hates it. Emma does this a lot and she has a bunch of people thinking she does or enjoys something when she really doesn't. It drove me nuts, but I can't completely blame her. I've done the same thing and still do on occasion.
I've read plenty of books that made me smile, but Can You Keep a Secret? took it to a whole new level. I was snorting, I was laughing, I was crying, I was angry, and most of all, I really connected with the book, I was a part of it and I didn't want it to end.(less)
I'm incredibly shocked at how much I loved Pandemonium. This is coming from a person who very much disliked Delirium. Book number two completely blows...moreI'm incredibly shocked at how much I loved Pandemonium. This is coming from a person who very much disliked Delirium. Book number two completely blows the first one out of the water. This is how a sequel is done!
Lena is incredibly strong this time around. She's a little wishy-washy at times, true, but if you compare her character before and after, this Lena is much more relatable. I actually like her. This may also be because I didn't like Alex (Yes, I said it!) and I got to read her character without all the lovesickness. We do have a whole new cast of characters and I'm happy to say I pretty much enjoyed them all. Especially Julian. Julian is the son of the founder of the DFA or Deliria-Free America. (You can imagine the trouble Lena gets into with him, seeing as she's in the resistance.) His character surprised me. Seeing as how I didn't like Alex, I was sure I wasn't going to like Julian. But no, I really, really, like him. He's like a cute puppy that has been kicked. You can't help but want to cuddle him and make sure nothing bad ever happens to him again. I wish I could say more about him, but almost everything involving his character would be spoiling you on what's to come.
I did find the chapters to be a tad confusing. They switch between "Now" and "Then" telling about the Lena now and the Lena that was surviving in the Wilds. It does make the flow information weird. As long as you read the chapter headings you shouldn't get too confused. All in all, I wasn't too fond of the chapters being set up like that. I would almost say that the "Then" chapters weren't needed. Sure, a few things needed to be explained, but the "Now" chapters were so much more interesting!
I found the curse words to be a little misplaced. They popped up randomly and I pretty much cringed every time I saw one. Not that there are lots of them, in fact there are very few, but they are so out of place that it throws you off what you were reading about. Many times I stopped and thought, "Was this really needed?" Being that the book is mostly tame (very tame, I should say) having these curse words appear just didn't mesh.
The story was awesome and kept me at the edge of my seat. There's a lot of survival battles and death compared to the previous book- which is a good thing.
We do get a major cliffhanger. By major, I mean wet your pants major, CPR major, and allover, oh no she didn't major. Do not, I repeat, do not flip to the last page unless you wish to be spoiled. I made that mistake and felt like beating my head against the wall.
I've finally met another book I didn't want to put down. I honestly kept dreading the moment I would finish it, I didn't want the story to end! It's a...more I've finally met another book I didn't want to put down. I honestly kept dreading the moment I would finish it, I didn't want the story to end! It's a good thing there are more books in the Shadow Falls series, I absolutely adore it!
Born at Midnight has so many good things going for it. A story line that isn't too fast-paced, but at the same time doesn't drag around. A cast of characters that you can't help but love. A setting that's beautiful, mysterious, and a little scary. It mixes just the right amount of teen drama in with supernatural beings and a dollop of romance. Well, there's more than a dollop, a whole, whole lot more than a dollop.
I'll start with our main love interests. Lucas or Derek? Werewolf or fae? I know who I'm rooting for! There's just something about Lucas (might be the smokin' hot part) that I really, really like. Don't get me wrong. I think Derek is great, but I have to figure out if what Kylie suspects is true or not. It's weird because when she's with Derek it's like she's seeing the world crisper, clearer, it's more beautiful than before and that kinda freaks me out. Derek is definitely one of the good guys, but I'm curious to see how his character will play out in the future books. Same goes with Lucas, he's the bad boy type, the type you want swoon over, and trust me, I did my fair share of swooning.
Our dear Kylie is actually a pretty good heroine. She does put important things on hold and I admit, she makes me want to strangle her, but she's in my top ten list of female characters that do not annoy the hell out of me. She's got so much going on, her parents are getting divorced, she's seeing things, her mother thinks she's a troubled teen, the list goes on. Kylie made me cry with her problems and the things she experiences in Born at Midnight. For right now, she does get thrown into the too special heroine category- you know, those characters that just seem to be able to do so much more than the other characters? Yeah.
If I had a nickel for every time the word 'breasts' was said I'd be a millionaire by now- okay, so maybe five dollars richer. While not a total complaint, I did find it a bit odd that Kylie was talking about how her breasts did this or that, or how they pressed up against someone. I almost felt like I was being transported into a steamy romance novel at times (hey no complaining here!). I'm just kind of confused as to why her breasts became their own character. (No, please don't answer that.)
Overall, I think Born at Midnight is one of my favourite reads that I've read in 2012. Such a great start and I'm already looking forward to burying my nose in book two!(less)
Iron Kissed started off as my least favourite in the series. I read about 80 pages until I stopped. Months went by before I picked it up again and rea...more Iron Kissed started off as my least favourite in the series. I read about 80 pages until I stopped. Months went by before I picked it up again and read through it some more. After about halfway through, I can confidently say this is my favourite Mercy Thompson book.
The main reason I quit reading was because of the fae. I didn't find the beginning to be interesting and it started to feel repetitive. Have Mercy go out and do this, have Mercy do that. Bundle that with the fae, and it just didn't mesh for me. I really had to drag myself through the first hundred pages. I don't know what it is about the fae in this series, but I just don't like reading about them. Maybe it's cause I'm more of a vampire/werewolf person?
After that, Briggs becomes super awesome and gives us loads of development and a slight setback. • We finally see Mercy become 'real'. Up until Iron Kissed, I felt her character was too perfect. Sure, she made mistakes, but with this book, I finally feel as though I know her. • We finally get development in the relationship front and issues get resolved (mostly). Being the third book, I'm glad Mercy finally made a choice. As much as I love a love triangle between these three (I have no hope for you Stefan, take your love elsewhere, k?), I am glad a decision was made. • We finally get Ben's past cleared up. Finally. I love him and his foul mouth.
This book is loads darker than the previous two. It has more violence, it has more blood, it's more emotional, especially when you get over halfway through. I would almost say the ending is not for everyone, that is, if you didn't have Bone Crossed to pick up next and see what happens next. I was very shocked at the ending, and of course I made assumptions. Don't be shocked at the ending and just pick up the next book. It will calm you. I promise.
Definitely have the next book available after reading Iron Kissed and if you're like me, and don't like the fae, just give it a chance and push through it, you won't be disappointed.(less)
This is probably one of my favourite series, if not my favourite ever. I read Blood Bound with a stupid grin on my face and at times I thought I neede...moreThis is probably one of my favourite series, if not my favourite ever. I read Blood Bound with a stupid grin on my face and at times I thought I needed a pillow to hug and squeal. I love when books do this to me.
Mercy Thompson just can't catch a break, although, in part of this book she went looking for trouble and I can't blame her one bit. Blood Bound is slightly darker than the first book. OK, so scratch out slightly. There's murder, more murder, scary vampires, scary werewolves, basements...well, basically, there's a whole lot of evil going on.
I didn't particularly enjoy the first few chapters, and that was only because the werewolves hadn't appeared yet. Stefan was our main feature in the beginning and I only sort of like him- if you don't count the ending of Blood Bound when I finally liked him.
At least three quarters of this book is nerve-wracking. There are so many things going on and the characters will get to saying things and the next thing you know YOU believe them. All evidence points that they were right and it's just...you don't want to believe them and here's Mercy with all her hope and just... My feelings cannot be properly explained.
I like all the feelings I got. Even if I felt manipulated. (less)
Fasten your seat belts, because Taken by Storm is going to throw you for a loop! Yes, that's my advice, definitely go in prepared for this one.
As you...moreFasten your seat belts, because Taken by Storm is going to throw you for a loop! Yes, that's my advice, definitely go in prepared for this one.
As you all should know, I'm a huge fan of Jennifer. I devoured the first two books of the Raised by Wolves series like I was starved. Taken by Storm delivers in so many ways that the other books didn't (for me that is). So, I'm telling you now, if you haven't read this series, or you've been putting it off- stop! Go read it, now. And just know that when you do and you're on the edge of your seat, remember I'm the one pushed you into reading awesomeness. You can thank me later.
Our Bryn grows up tremendously, she was already well on her way in Trial by Fire, but the weight pressing on her shoulders really turns her into a character you love. I can say, hands down, she's one of my favourite characters ever. She reminds me a little bit of Katniss at the end and if you read it, you'll know why. I still think Chase was just there for the say-so, he becomes a place in plot that was just meant to be Bryn's stepping stone. I just do not feel the connection there between them. My hunk Callum, though, I feel it everywhere. I'll have you know my favourite character gets plenty of face time. With a few semi-new characters, Taken by Storm becomes my favourite in the series.
I had complained in the previous reviews that tension would build and then ultimately get resolved in an anticlimactic way. Boy, I feel as though TbS was written just for me. Not only was the conflict built up as high as it could go, but it delivered. Honestly, delivered. I don't know how I read what I did, but I sat there open mouth reading the last half. Hats off to you, Ms. Jennifer Lynn Barnes. You have impressed me, shocked me, and overall, I love you. Thank you for doing the unthinkable.
The only thing that irked me was the ending. To some, it'll be ideal. It's very open ended, but the last scene was something I had been waiting on since the first book. I was disappointed it hadn't be elaborated on because when I went to touch the screen to change to the next page- it wouldn't. I thought my Nook was broken!
I'm not getting my hopes up for a fourth book, but Taken by Storm ends the series with a bang that will leave you sighing for days.(less)