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
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
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 alreadI’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....more
Kristin Cashore is absolutely brilliant and my new favourite author.
In Fire, we meet whole new cast of characters (excluding Leck, that is, which isKristin 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. ...more
I really loved the beginning of Switched, it was interesting and it got me hooked...until the story all but stopped moving.
Prepare for vagueness: AsI really loved the beginning of Switched, it was interesting and it got me hooked...until the story all but stopped moving.
Prepare for vagueness: As far as characters goes, Wendy is pretty wishy-washy. At times, all she can do is tremble and nod her head, and at others she actually says something worthwhile. When she goes back to where her 'real' family is she knows NOTHING. No one tells her anything and while she wants to know what is going on, she still goes along with everything. It really bothered me how she complained and said how much she hated where she was staying and never did anything about it. She's bratty, everyone hates her at school (it's an automatic thing, she gets kicked out of one school and at the next one she goes to everyone hates her), she thinks the new guy is weird until all of a sudden, he's hot- really, she's just a character that you can't get genuinely interested in or feel sorry for. As for Finn, he's better than Wendy, but he puts on the "I don't like you. You're only the job." type act. It gets old fast. The only character that I really liked was Rhys and I can't say much about him other than he's like a cute puppy, otherwise, I'd be done spoiled you big time.
The whole idea of a changeling is pretty neat, but come on. You switch your kid out for them to get a better education and then when they come home you swindle money from their foster family. On top of that, your say that your education system is bad (one of the reasons that changelings exist) and yet, YOU HAVE ALL THAT MONEY? Can you not hire better teachers or are you just using your kids to fund your extravagant lifestyle? Also, I just can't believe the tier system when it comes to people. Human kids are pretty much treated like crap. Sure, you get everything you want, but love from your parents? Usually not. Babied by nannies? Absolutely. Talked down to? Not worthy of being in the same room as the higher ups? Check and check. I have to roll my eyes at this. *eye roll*
The story is interesting... When Wendy finally moves to where her 'real' family is, I thought the excitement would pick up. Instead, I got to read about how Wendy didn't like her mom, or about her wanting to be with Finn, or about her wanting to kiss him. The excitement from the beginning just faded. She had very few moments that made me smile and it was until near the end that it picked up. Or should I say, the pause button was pressed and we had finally gotten to the point where the play button was suddenly relevant again. Also, the ending, we're told rather than shown. I felt it was pretty cheap to skip the part with Rhys, and seriously, I can't believe that the security is so lacking that what happened happened. Incredibly vague, I know.
Overall, it's not terrible. It doesn't make me want to go out and buy the sequel and it doesn't make me want to reread it again. I definitely recommend borrowing this one from the library before buying it....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 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!...more
If you're like me and have an over active imagination, at night you'll definitely think the goblins are out to get you! Not that The Iron King is scarIf you're like me and have an over active imagination, at night you'll definitely think the goblins are out to get you! Not that The Iron King is scary, but Julie Kagawa has a way that makes you think what you're reading is real. I had my bump in the night experiences while reading it and it just made it that much better!
I took this book everywhere with me. Shopping? No problem. Eating? I can do it with one hand. Sleeping? I'll sleep with one eye open...Yeah, that's how much I enjoyed it. And the characters! I've never met a cat I didn't like and I loved Grimalkin, but I call him Cait Sith (since it reminds me of Final Fantasy 7). I also fell for Puck, Meghan's friend, and I wish there was more from him. There's always the next book, right? Meghan, however, I disliked. Well, I take that back, I disliked how she constantly needed saving, she constantly traipsed off and got herself into trouble. I wanted to send her off to Queen Titania! While she may have dived head first, I really liked her strength and that she was a character that didn't go in loops when she said things.
I think the love interest played out a little slow in the beginning because the next thing I knew Meghan was in love. I didn't really get any of that touchy feely love stuff. There were eye stares, catch-me-if-I-fall things, but I really needed more scenes with Meghan and her love interest to solidify that, yes, they were falling for each other.
The writing was good, the characters were good, the setting/world was plain amazing, and that ending was...just...whoa...more please! ...more
Holy moley! Jennifer Lynn Barnes never fails to impress me or create a world that I fall right in to.
I wasn't too sure about the first chapter, but onHoly moley! Jennifer Lynn Barnes never fails to impress me or create a world that I fall right in to.
I wasn't too sure about the first chapter, but once I got past it, and into the story, I couldn't stop reading. I'd like to point out, that even though there are zombies, hellhounds, and such in Every Other Day, it is far from being a horror book.
The characters are more than awesome. Kali, our heroine, is a character you can't dislike. She's not annoying or whiny, she does what she has to do and she's snarky without being overbearing. Her friends Bethany and Skylar could have been cliche and in most scenarios, I would have hated them. Bethany, the popular cheerleader, has more to offer than just that and I found myself really liking her despite it all. (It's her attitude, plain and simple.) Skylar, the school slut, isn't everything she seems and is probably one of the best characters in Every Other Day. Even the other characters with smaller roles are written nicely- especially Skylar's brothers. I did want more from Skylar's brothers, and I wished that they had played a bigger role.
What really makes you stick around is the twists and turns. You might figure something out, only to then have it proven completely wrong, and you're left with a shocked look. I caught a lot of flies this way and I probably have a permanent jaw disfiguration, but it was worth it. I don't know how many times I just sat there reading and being floored at the secrets that this story possessed. I had to keep reading. I had to find out what was going on.
However, it did end abruptly, and I didn't feel any sort of closure. I'm also disappointed with Zev and the lack of him, but I never really got the feeling that this was supposed to be a book with romance, so, in a way, it's not disappointing at all- and saying anymore about him would lead to inevitable spoilers. There are also a lot of unanswered questions about specific people and the details regarding what Kali is (not to mention the supernatural creatures/things/everything in general). All this leaves me wondering if there will be a sequel.
All in all, I loved Every Other day. It's not boring, but fast-paced and breathless that leaves you wanting more. ...more
I passed by Reckless Magic twice, until I finally just went ahead and downloaded it (because, hey, it was free!). It turned out to be one of the best deI passed by Reckless Magic twice, until I finally just went ahead and downloaded it (because, hey, it was free!). It turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made.
Reckless starts off a little slow and I wasn't sure I wanted to keep reading. The prologue is written in third person and I was a little worried the whole book would be like that. Thankfully it wasn't and the first chapter was set in our main characters POV, first person POV that is. Eden is one of the better heroines I've read about and I can honestly say the only thing that bothered me was her inability to come to conclusions on her own. Otherwise, I loved her dialogue and attitude. I feel this way about all the characters. They had good personalities and were likable and relatable. (Though I did want to strangle Avalon sometimes.) And can I just say how I love the names of the characters? Avalon, Karin, Lucan, Talbott, Jericho, seriously, I love them.
One thing this book is good about is it continues on and never gives long, unneeded rambling passages or info dumps. It's not stagnant in any way and the pace has a nice flow. I love this so much, because I hate massive info dumps, when information is given it's given in such a way that it's not overloading.
There are a few things to nitpick about. Kiran is often described as having a smirk, it was really one of the only facial expressions he was described as having. There are grammar mistakes and words/phrases that are used over in the same paragraph and a few times I had to go back and read over what I just read because it had jumped to another part. The only thing I can say I didn't like about it, was when certain important characters were talking, they might mention some- thing important and it won't be commented on until paragraphs later. Or certain facts might be mentioned several times in several different paragraphs. --This only happens maybe 4 times at the max. None of these things deteriorate the story. In the beginning, I do think it read like another popular novel, but by the times I was about 11% done I could see it had it's own little style that it was totally addictive.
Yes, this book is highly addictive and I couldn't hardly stay away from my computer. Thanks to Reckless I even missed a few meals (though I admit I brought a huge bowl of ice cream and ate while I read). I'd really love to have a hardcopy of this, but it's only available in ebook format at this time.
I'm anxious to begin book number two now in what is said to be a 4-part series. I seriously can't wait to see what is in the future for the star-crossed lovers....more
There is nothing about Graceling I disliked. Nothing!
I was transported to this world that literally had me holding my breath. Katsa, Graced with the sThere is nothing about Graceling I disliked. Nothing!
I was transported to this world that literally had me holding my breath. Katsa, Graced with the skill of combat, is fascinating. Throughout the whole book she changes, she grows, and watching her find herself is just...wow. It's not a rapid change, she's made mistakes, done cruel things, but gradually you see her start to question herself, with the help of Prince Po, she does things that she wouldn't normally do, but his help is just the push she needs. I can't say I was emotionally invested with the characters at the beginning. Katsa is a stand-offish person, and it comes through while your reading. As she starts making friends, starts to open up, you start being drawn in as well- you become her friend. Po, Katsa, Raffin, and Bitterblue are all characters that grab you and in the end, you don't want to let them go.
Can I say how awesome the Graced are? Born with two different coloured eyes, some silver, some blue, some black, but always different. The Grace doesn't affect every one the same, some are skilled in swords, some in archery, some can predict the weather, some can read minds, it has me wishing for two different coloured eyes and a Grace in something spectacular and peculiar (plus a charming prince to keep me company).
The one thing I really like is how gradual everything is, it's like hearing a big orchestra steadily building and the next thing you know your heart's pounding. If you've ever listened to "Into the Storm" by Robert W. Smith, Graceling reminds me of it. I was really surprised at the main conflict, it'll have you believing it's not true until you have proof otherwise.
I can't come up with anything else to make this an appropriate review besides telling you how much I enjoyed the story, the characters, the places, and seeing the characters transform into human beings. ...more