Hallejuh! A heroine that is more than just a cardboard cut out! We finally get it. Not only that, but we get a mostly conflict free relationship. Oh hHallejuh! A heroine that is more than just a cardboard cut out! We finally get it. Not only that, but we get a mostly conflict free relationship. Oh how good it feels to finally read about someone NOT assuming in a relationship. Jane is amazing. A-MA-ZING. She is exactly my kind of strong character. She doesn’t put up with any bull while at the same time making sure her feelings are known. It has been a sort of trend with this series, with the heroines not being able to fully express their feelings or because they held them in something else was assumed. So, to me, Jane is an absolute breath of fresh air.
Vishous, I should say that his story includes some pretty awful abuse and I could almost say trigger warning for certain parts. I do love the fact that he’s into BDSM, not just for the awesome sex scenes (which, btw, were not shown fully when he was in ‘Dom’ mode), but because during a certain part it shows us more of his character. Wish I could elaborate, it’s one of those things that would spoil you. Anywho, his past is full of pain, and so is his present, so it makes a very compelling story. I know I was kept on my toes. I’m not sure whose past is worst in the Brotherhood. What it really boils down to is everyone’s past has sucked so far and I don’t really think it would be fair of me to compare them. What they all really need is a group hug and group therapy.
We get a lot of Phury in Lover Unbound. Phury and his destructive nature. His very, very, destructive nature. I love his character so much that reading about all he was doing really made me uncomfortable. Let us hope that his book makes him better, otherwise he needs help…badly.
Even better is that this book features no Lesser POV. Yes! Yes! I hate reading about the Lessers in their POV so I was extremely happy. But, because of this we really don’t get any serious fighting except for a few times.
As for the Chosen, I have to say that that whole thing was RIDICULOUS. Not just because a primale gets to ‘mate’ with ALL of the chosen (like 40 females) and he gets a ‘main’ female, but because if a Chosen doesn’t want to give her body to him she’s bound and gagged- FORCED to go through the ritual. Sounds like rape to me and this has been going on for forever! I was totally creeped out and astounded that the Scribe Virgin would let that happen. Especially considering HER own past.
Tons of major plot moments though, mostly centering around Jane and V, but a few elsewhere. Lover Unbound moves at a nice pace and didn’t drag, it did the opposite in fact. It threw me onto a carnival ride that jumbled my insides and made me cry buckets of massive tears. I have heartburn from the tears. If you cried during the others, you will definitely cry with Lover Unbound because the unexpected happens. I literally cried through the last few chapters. That ending though. I’m gonna have to say it was a cop-out. While I want the very best to always happen, in this case I don’t think it should have. Mean of me, awful of me, but I honestly think it should have been left right where it was.
Overall, I still think the series gets better and better with each passing book. Loved Lover Unbound, and it’s definitely competing with Lover Awakened for the top spot.
SPOILER: (view spoiler)[Have you guys noticed that every female so far has become immortal in some way or fashion? Call me crazy, but I’d like for a human to fall in love with a vampire without all the frills and immortality. (hide spoiler)]...more
This is going to sound crazy, but Lover Revealed is probably my favourite and least favourite of the series so far. If it had just avoided all the romThis is going to sound crazy, but Lover Revealed is probably my favourite and least favourite of the series so far. If it had just avoided all the romance and communication conflicts it would have been 5 stars easily. Sadly, it blundered through the romance to the point I just didn’t care about Marissa anymore or even their romantic storyline for that matter.
Lover Revealed does do something good: Butch. His storyline is literally going to blow you away when you read it. I always knew Butch was a good character, but this definitely sealed it. Not just that, but Butch becomes more than just the human sidekick. We see things happen to him that are mind numbing and then extraordinary to the point you’re own the edge of your seat wondering just what is going to happen next. Just how is it going to play out. He has one hell of a storyline and it is good. I wish I could share the nitty gritty details, but I would ruin it, sorry. I’m still literally blown away by how awesome reading about him way.
There also a little side…whatever you want to call…it between Butch and Vishous. Not quite romance, not quite brotherly love, but more…? It’s hard to explain, but it’s more than just affection (at least to me). It puts Vishous in a new light. The scenes between the two are wonderful, but it leaves me wondering just what is going on between the two. There is a huge massive spoiler that could solve it (located within Lover Revealed), but I just don’t know. Vishous’s story is next in line so maybe I’ll get it figured out then.
Now for Marissa and Butch. Holly hell at the major communication problems. It’s like having two cups and long darn string. You can’t hear one another even though your speaking. You thought Zsadist had problems…that was a cakewalk compared to this. Yes, the sex was good, but mostly it was angry sex or either sex that was stopped because they couldn’t tell each other what was wrong. “Oh he doesn’t like me.” “She’s yelling at me to leave, she doesn’t want me anymore.” I seriously do not care that Marissa is a whiny virgin because even after sex she is still that way (also my least favourite character now). I do not care that Butch has daddy/family issues. What I do care about is how stupid their relationship is. There. I said it. They have the stupidest relationship ever. They’re so worried about hurting one another that they do the worst thing and avoid asking and telling the number one things to each other that could have solved it all. I don’t know how many times they argued, assumed the worst, and left and fought all because of this. Why are they even in a relationship if they’re just going to assume everything? You cannot read his mind or vice versa, so why are you even assuming what each other feels? **And why is this such a big thing with these books? The assuming, the arguing. It’s OK in moderation, but when you can’t even have a conversation without assuming and then run off only in the end to miraculously overcome it all…WHY?** I’m almost to the point where I wish these books were less focused on romance with “the one” and just let them go off and have casual sex while taking down lessers and continuing the plot. I’m done with their relationship and I don’t even want to think about it anymore.
We still get multiple POVs and I still do not like reading about the lessers. I do, however, love reading about John. Absolutely love him. He’s a great big shiny light amongst all this and I just feel for him so much! Definitely a great character that I can’t wait to see more from.
All in all, the awful romance really brings me down, because that all-over-the-place thing just doesn’t work for me. There’s a such thing as having to work for your love, but this is just conflict central. BUT, I think it’s a great read solely for Butch, Vishous, and John.
I do not recommend skipping Lover Revealed because you will be missing out a HUGE, massive, shock worthy plot line- and I vouch for its awesomeness....more
So, I now see why people love these books. I’m sorry I didn’t see the light sooner! Forgive me.
Lover Eternal is a heartbreaking, toe curling, Rhage loSo, I now see why people love these books. I’m sorry I didn’t see the light sooner! Forgive me.
Lover Eternal is a heartbreaking, toe curling, Rhage loving happy meal. Seriously, if this was marketed in happy meals, I’d be the first in line. Let me be honest and just prepare you for what’s to come: You WILL cry like a baby, or at least get choked up and overcome with emotion.
For some reason, I like the brothers names: Wrath, Rhage, Phury, Zsadist- they match the characters. Because in this case, Rhage is filled with Rage. Get it? They were silly at first, but reading it’s like how could these names not be awesome? We get our same slew of characters and then a few new ones plus some side stories- Bella: Mary’s next door neighbor who also starts the unraveling for the next book with Zsadist, John (!!!) a young mute guy who ties in the previous book and the next.
Speaking of Rhage, oh my dear, how I love you so much. I loved how not only did we get to know Rhage better, but the beast inside him as well. We’re shown that inside him is a beast, but until Lover Eternal, we didn’t get to see if there was actually anything to the beast. Let me just say that the reason he was cursed is so silly. Beyond silly. Why would you curse a person for what he did? Especially since the curse to him was a living hell. The Scribe Virgin is a royal bitch.
Mary, oh our sweet Mary. Her hardships hit close to home and I was rooting for her. She is a little dense in thinking that Rhage doesn’t like her, to the point I just wanted to shake her. What is it with characters that interpret actions as something else when it is obvious what was going on? The bitter exchange of words is strong because of her density. I do really like her character though, all things considered. What’s amazing is that they didn’t have sex when they first met! It took them awhile and I’m glad! I actually believed and liked their relationship more because of it.
There were pieces of conversation that made no sense to me. I know I read Lover Eternal wicked fast, but I’m sure it’s because the conversation actually didn’t make sense and not because of how I read. Thankfully, it only happened about twice. Once was with a conversation with V and Mary and the other I can’t quite remember. POV switches were a bit easier this time. I still do not enjoy reading in the Lessers POV, for some reason it bores me to tears. I actually dread reading it and visibly sigh when I reach their POV.
Thoughts on the naughty scene (cause really, that's the only thing on my brain *sticks out tongue*): (view spoiler)[COULDN'T WE HAVE HAD MORE?? SeriouThoughts on the naughty scene (cause really, that's the only thing on my brain *sticks out tongue*): (view spoiler)[COULDN'T WE HAVE HAD MORE?? Seriously, foreplay, thank you, but don't tease me, especially when it comes to Jeremy- thanks. Really, as much as I liked Jamie making him work for it and showing off her goods, I'd have liked to have read about Jeremy...um, well, working it. ;P (hide spoiler)]...more
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. SheI 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!...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 s 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 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....more
I am blown away by Shatter Me. Honest to God, blown away.
The writing is beyond brilliant. I loved how Tahereh Mafi made the words flow. Not only that,I am blown away by Shatter Me. Honest to God, blown away.
The writing is beyond brilliant. I loved how Tahereh Mafi made the words flow. Not only that, but it’s insanely descriptive- in a good way. I’ve gotten chills so many times, I’ve lost count. It’s beautiful the way things are described. It made me question my sanity at times. Reading through the eyes of Juliette is addicting. The way she thinks, the way she acts, it’s scary.
“My skin is cold-sweat, my fingers trembling with disgust, my legs unable to withstand the waste the waste the waste the selfish waste in these 4 walls. I’m seeing red everywhere. The blood of bodies spattered against the windows, spilled across the carpets, dripping from the chandeliers.”
I just can’t get over how crazy she is at times, it’s part of what makes me like her so much. Juliette has been locked up for a year and because her touch can be lethal, well, it’d make anyone go a little coo-coo. I didn’t really develop an opinion about Adam, I think he’s hunky and I wish I were his cellmate, but that’s about it. Warner, on the other hand, I felt loads of sympathy for him. Despite him being a real jerk, I can’t wait to see more from him. (I’d almost call myself Team Warner…almost.)
The ending left me feeling unsated. Compared to the rest of the book, the ending didn’t make a huge impression on me. In fact, I’m a little frustrated by it.
All in all, I really don’t have a bad thing to say about Shatter Me. It was terrific, from the characters, to the plot, it’s all just weaved together perfectly. I can hardly wait to see what’s in Juliette’s future. I definitely, definitely, recommend picking this one up. ...more
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 thatSpecials 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....more