Anya Balanchine lives in the deteriorating world of 2082, where things such as camera phones and chocoOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Anya Balanchine lives in the deteriorating world of 2082, where things such as camera phones and chocolate are banned, water is rationed and emails must be approved. New York City has gone bankrupt and the restrictions have resulted in the emergence of powerful crime families, the Balanchines being at the very top. Living with her dying grandmother, her young sister and mentally impaired older brother, Anya must navigate the issues of every teenager, finding her identity and experiencing true love for the first time. All These Things I've Done is a brilliant read that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It's as delicious as forbidden chocolate and just as addictive. Eat away!
First off, I must say that I loved all of the characters dearly. They felt so real to me and this was reinforced by the fantastic world building. Leo is Anya's seventeen year old brother but his mind is stuck at age eight, after being severely injured in a car accident during which his mother was shot in the head. The hit was actually for Anya's father, but he was later murdered too, right before the eyes of Anya and her now twelve year old sister, Natty. Anya is a responsible, devout Catholic. She repents her sins and strongly believes in no sex before marriage. Oh, how Goodwin Delacroix stirs the pot! I really admired Anya for staying firm in her beliefs. I guess I'm a little shocked - no way would I have been able to resist Win! He's sweet, affectionate and rebellious all at once. Fantastic combination!
I really thought this book would be centred around the mafia world and the wars between families. Oh, how wrong I was! Although meddling fathers, assassination attempts and illegal dealings are scattered throughout the book, Anya is quite distant from the illegal chocolate industry and leads a "normal" teenage life. I'm not disappointed at all though! Zevin keeps the novel interesting, simply with the conflicts in her characters' lives. I lived for those family/friend moments! All These Things I've Done will definitely play with your heartstrings. I constantly felt the need to give adorable Leo a hug and if you're not touched by his innocence, I might just accuse you of not having a heart!
With the clever self-referential humour, steamy romance and world filled with deception and mystery, All These Things I've Done is a real pleaser! Zevin keeps us guessing and commands our utmost attention, no matter what's happening in the story. I adored the ending and cannot wait for the sequel. We're left hanging a little and I am very anxious to see what twists Zevin will throw at us next!...more
The sequel to Forsaken is noticeably more "put together". While the threads of several storylines wereOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
The sequel to Forsaken is noticeably more "put together". While the threads of several storylines were established in the previous book, I felt that they all tied together in Forbidden, making it an exciting read. We have the addition of several new characters and they certainly spice up the plot. If you're looking for some adventure, action, romance and mystery, this will be a pleaser!
Angels...that's what you can expect. I won't tell you who fits into this elite circle but let's just say they'll get your minds turning with their secrecy and schemes. In addition to that, demon hunters (who kill rather than capture demons) swarm Atlanta city after the Guild is deemed incompetent of protecting the city. What rubbish! Those silly civilians... *sighs* Unfortunately, hunters are ruthless and quite frightening. They really change the dynamics of the city with their complications, so the novel ends up being much more exciting than the first!
Riley's dilemma with her men is at its absolute high. Simon hates her, Beck's showing her a kind side she's never seen before, and new guy Ori's driving her insane with his attention. Again, the romance in the novel doesn't dominate. Yes, Riley would love to work out her feelings and issues for all three but these guys get put on the back burner, as we have some more pressing issues at hand!
It's as if Oliver poses more questions than she answers. Suddenly we're wondering about rogues, hunting scams, impossible conspiracies and personal betrayals. Goodness me! Forbidden ends on yet another high note with new information revealed. I'm sure you'll be looking forward to Forgiven to see what will happen next!...more
Before anything else, I must give note to Crowley's writing. It's beautiful, poetic and will take youOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Before anything else, I must give note to Crowley's writing. It's beautiful, poetic and will take you to another place. From her own poetry to her descriptions of artwork, her expression is elegant and bewitching. Whether you're a lover of the arts or if you've just stumbled across this novel by chance, you'll be able to appreciate and see art in a completely different way. Just magical and inspiring!
From the synopsis, it's obvious how the novel will play out. Shadow and Ed are one and the same, and Graffiti Moon follows the journeys of Ed and Lucy as they discover what they both want in life. While it's Lucy's mission to hunt down Shadow, a street artist who she admires and is in love with the idea of, Ed has the tougher task of straightening out his life. He's a high school dropout who works in a paint shop and tension in the novel is consistently built until we reach the end, when Ed must decide whether or not to rob the local high school for money.
Grafitti Moon is like one big bundle of dramatic irony. The characters are so shielded from the truth and we're kept wondering when they'll finally discover the truth! Will something terrible happen in the mean time? Will there be a misunderstanding that'll ruin everything? Will Ed and Lucy get their happy ending? You'll have to wait and see! I think I expected too much of an "epic romance" which was why I was let down a little in that department. There was nothing romantic about the novel but it was, nevertheless, still a fantastic read about self-identity.
Art is essential to this story. It's through art that Lucy desires Shadow, that we learn about what Ed's thinking and what he's experienced, and that Lucy and Ed bond, seeing each other in a new light and without prejudice. You see, not too long ago...Lucy stupidly agreed to a date with Ed. He was a slob and she still has no idea why she thought it would be a good idea. So, a bad date involving Lucy and her fists…cue mutual dislike. It was nice seeing the characters transform. They come a long way!
Again, I thought this novel had a brilliant concept. It's more a "finding yourself" contemporary than a "falling in love" one, but it's still enjoyable. Graffiti Moon teaches us lessons about outward appearances and reinforces some important values that are easily forgotten. You never know..."the one" might be right in front of you too ;) With imagery so realistic, this novel is a piece of artwork in itself! ...more
If you look under "entertaining" in the dictionary, you'll find Born At Midnight printed in big letterOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
If you look under "entertaining" in the dictionary, you'll find Born At Midnight printed in big letters. The idea of a supernatural teen camp is so intriguing and Hunter definitely follows through with her brilliant concept. You'll fall in love with the characters and their abilities so...come join me as a big swooning mess?
Kylie's parents are divorcing, her jerk boyfriend's dumped her for someone else and she has a crazy stalker no one else can see. Things can't get any worse, right? After being caught at an unsupervised party, Kylie's therapist tells her mother to send her to a "camp for delinquents". I think we all know what comes next. Kylie begins an exciting journey at Shadow Falls Camp, learning more about herself than she ever would've thought possible. This will be just as much a learning experience for readers as it will be for Kylie. You'll have the time of your life and wish you were a little wrong in the head yourself!
Kylie is a brilliant narrator. She's hilarious in typical teenage fashion. She forms lasting friendships, has issues with her parents (but rightfully so!) and meets two boys she just can't resist. They're both amazing in their own way and I honestly can't decide between them. I can't imagine how Kylie will! Pick a name from a hat? Eenie meenie miney mo? Close her eyes and point? I'm dreading decision time! Derek is the sweetest and most persistent half-fae on the planet and Lucas is a seductive werewolf with an undeniable soft spot for Kylie. Lucas' past with Kylie is quite shocking but you'll have fun peeling back his layers and seeing what's really underneath!
The mythology and mystery in this book are great. All of the students have a unique ability and all were born at midnight. *ghost noises* Shadow Falls Camp was originally formed so that the different races could learn to cooperate with each other. I loved seeing them all interact, sometimes as best friends and sometimes as enemies… Old habits die hard! What's my favourite character, you ask? Perry, the most talented and obnoxiously flirtatious shapeshifter in the world. He turns into a unicorn…he turns into a cute kitten to cuddle up to Kylie's breasts…need I go on?
The ending of Born At Midnight left me with so much hope. The sequel will be amazing, thanks to some interesting developments, and I can't wait to explore! The friendships are heartwarming, the mysteries slightly bloodcurdling, the romance smoking and the plot magical. What else could you possibly want or need?!...more
If you're a fan of shows like Supernatural, this is the series for you. It's filled with dangerous hunOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
If you're a fan of shows like Supernatural, this is the series for you. It's filled with dangerous hunts, a badass heroine and tons of supernatural creatures you wouldn't want to run into at night! The story is unique and gripping, centring around Riley Blackthorne who is apprenticing as a demon trapper. After a simple hunt turns nasty, the Guild is knee-deep in suspicious activity, dealing with corruption, fatal sabotages, illegal dealings and more!
Riley is a strong character - when your dad's a famous trapper, you kind of have to be - and while she does make some questionable decisions throughout the novel, she's a good leading lady. Tragedy strikes right at the beginning of the novel and I admire her for continuing to do her job and deal with the consequences. She has so many things on her plate that I felt my own hair falling out just thinking about it! In saying that, I couldn't really connect with Riley on a personal level. Yes, she's "cool" and witty, but the emotional link just wasn't there for me. I have read the sequel, though, and can tell you that the characterisation does improve!
The novel is set in Atlanta, a city so poorly funded that kids are being schooled in grocery stores and at the back of old tattoo parlours. It's an area of great demonic interest so the Guild has their work cut out for them. If you've watched Supernatural, you'll know that the Winchester brothers have to do their job in secret and never get recognition for their good deeds. But these hunters? The public is aware of them, so hunters are hired and able to operate freely without the secrecy! People are fascinated and there's even a popular tv series called Demonland, in which gorgeous actors "hunt". Fun, right? If only real hunting was so glamorous and simple!
While the romance isn't a main part of the book, it's certainly there. When she was 15 and Beck was 20, Riley was completely enamoured with her father's trapping partner, but after Beck gave her the brush-off (she was underage!) the two settled to hate each other. Kind of. Beck secretly thinks she's beautiful and strong but he's not about to tell her that! Riley isn't too fussed at all, with her own demon-trapping boyfriend, Simon, who's quite the friendly goody-two-shoes. I liked both men, but again, there was no strong emotional response to either. Obviously, we're positioned to want a Beck/Riley relationship but that'll have to wait for the sequel!
Forsaken ends on quite the cliffhanger. After a nasty battle with lives lost, some strange things begin happening to Riley... Wouldn't you like to know! There is mystery throughout the novel and it's written in a way that you can't guess how it ends. Anything can happen, really! It's a very unpredictable book. Overall, a strong plot with characters that just need a little bit of tweaking....more
Starcrossed takes unattainable the the next level. Helen and Lucas are two teenagers, blessed with godOriginally posted on Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Starcrossed takes unattainable the the next level. Helen and Lucas are two teenagers, blessed with godly abilities, who are cursed to hate each other from birth. When Helen first sees Lucas in school, she is shocked to find herself admiring his beauty one moment and with her hands around his neck in the next. She feels pure rage around the boy she's never met and cannot figure out why. The two are pulled back and forth, through the good and bad, as they uncover secrets and mysteries, each more shocking than the last.
Greek mythology has always fascinated me so I loved seeing this being explored and modernised in the novel. While Starcrossed isn't a retelling of the Greek myths, they are somewhat of a framework and provide you with a richer understanding of the story that Angelini is trying to tell. Lucas and Helen are bound to their ancestry and do everything possible to fight their fates. Someone is also trying to kill Helen and with this, she uncovers powers she never knew she possessed. It was very exciting to watch her discover and learn how to use these so I look forward to seeing more!
The characters all had their own little traits which made them likeable individually and very dynamic as a group. The personalities of the Delos family compliment each other and the members all have important roles to play. I do wish that there had been some more character development, not only in the secondary characters but the two mains as well, so I really hope that's improved on in the next book. Lucas is gorgeous, intelligent, protective and caring. He is in many aww-inducing moments and you can't help but love him. He tries to be a gentleman and to do the right thing but for the most part, Helen doesn't help him out and instead tries her hardest to tempt him. *wink wink* I found Helen to be a great main character because of her inner-strength and wit, but sometimes she stopped and went back to being a normal girl…one who's immature and upset about a boy when people's lives are at risk! Nonetheless, the struggles between Lucas and Helen were great to read and they really put you on an emotional rollercoaster.
As I said before, the plot is fascinating because of the incorporated mythology. The novel is fast-paced and always changing, though there were a few plotlines that I felt deserved more exploring. Also, the mythology was a tiny bit confusing at times but that is also very minor issue. Starcrossed ends at a "calm" place but leaves us wanting more. Immediate problems are solved in this novel but obviously, many more are left to be dealt with in the next book. If you're a fan of dark mystery, action and mythology-ruled forbidden love then this one's for you! Very much looking forward to Dreamless!...more