Disharmony was a book that sounded explosive and unique in theory, but underwhelmed me when things camOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Disharmony was a book that sounded explosive and unique in theory, but underwhelmed me when things came down to business. I expected so much more from this mysterious Telling but was forced to wait for the sequel to see it in action. This first book very much felt like an introduction to the characters before their true problems would be revealed later on. Although I expected and wanted a lot more plot, I did enjoy meeting some of the characters who will be very important to this prophecy coming true.
The Telling is described as a prophecy which foretells three siblings stopping the disharmony in the world, the toxic emotions which have controlled our society for thousands of years. These children will have to be taught about their Calling, as their powers can used for evil without correct guidance, but their mother died during childbirth, leaving them separated and oblivious to the others' existences. Disharmony follows the teens' personal lives as they slowly begin to find each other. The book's concept truly had me bouncing off walls but, as I said before, Giarratano doesn't delve too deeply into the specifics just yet. She begins to lay the groundworks for what should be an exciting sequel and I have my fingers crossed that things will get more interesting! I want to know how they'll eliminate disharmony, who wants to stop them and why! I want to know more about their powers! Oh, I have so many questions...
The first character we meet in Disharmony is Luke Black, a boy who's in juvenile detention in Sydney. He's constantly harassed by the warden and his army of bullies for their entertainment, but one day makes an unlikely friend and ally in Zac, an athletic boy who's a skilled fighter and holds many secrets… I enjoyed the scenes which focused on them the most in this book, as Luke was an intriguing character and I was very curious about who Zac really was. The environment they were in also added to the suspense and anxiety I felt, as they weren't able to act freely, without the fear of being caught and punished. Introduce a random assassin from out of nowhere and things get...interesting.
Luke is the psychopath of the trio and doesn't feel any emotion - he had to learn how to fake it. His twin sister, Samantha, on the other hand, is an empath who lives in a Romanian gypsy camp and works as a tarot card reader. Her exceptional abilities at manipulating emotions and seeing the truth in people, not in the cards, make her a valuable asset to the team and sparks the interest of a gypsy king who has mysterious but obviously sinister motives. Sam definitely has the more confusing storyline of the two, and is more involved in the action. She's chased by ninja assassins and is also wanted by the gypsy king. I'm curious to see what comes out of this, given the information and clues that were left in this book. At the moment, they're all loose threads with no meaning! It was harder to keep interested in Sam's story, mainly because her character was not as developed as Luke's. She's surrounded by many other characters and problems, which took Giarratano's focus away from providing the "bonding time" with her that we were able to have with her brother.
So far, we've only properly met two of the three siblings. I'm looking forward to getting to know the other brother, the genius, as we get glimpses of him as the book comes to an end. That and the twists caught my interest and made me wonder what would happen next, but I'll have to wait for other opinions before I pick up the sequel to make sure that it's as good as I want it to be! I hope it is because the last few chapters of Disharmony put me in an "OMG" loop. Disharmony isn't a bad book. It just lacked the energy and excitement I craved from a storyline like this, as well as characters I genuinely cared about. I had some initial problems with the unnatural dialogue and repetitive "he said she said", but things eventually improved! All in all, this was an enjoyable and comfortable read. ...more
Brutally honest and bittersweet, The Fault in Our Stars will tug at your heart-strings in the very besOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Brutally honest and bittersweet, The Fault in Our Stars will tug at your heart-strings in the very best way. Hazel Lancaster is a cancer survivor but depends on an oxygen tank to keep her weak lungs functioning. Suddenly, they feel like they might collapse when the gorgeous Augustus Waters appears at one of her weekly support group meetings, in support of his blind friend, Isaac. As they slowly bond over their issues and love of books, the two play the dangerous game of falling in love where nothing can be certain, but persevere hand in hand until the very end. An absolutely moving novel that will surely bring you to tears.
Ever since Hazel got a second chance at life, never did she believe love would be in the picture. With all of her baggage, who would be interested? Gus soon makes himself known and quickly proves that she's completely worthy of his affections, making her feel special and like a normal teenage girl should. He charms her with his smile, gets her hooked on bloodbath zombie books, makes her feel loved and even grants her a special wish. Although I did feel things moved along quickly for them, I adored every stage of their relationship. It's emotional, real and feels entirely right. They're meant to be and it's backed up with visible evidence! Gus is one of the most unique YA guys for a variety of reasons - none that I'll be sharing with you! - and he'll win you over the second he appears in the book. I guarantee it!
If you're used to heroines who fight supernatural battles or rebel against corrupt governments, you'll love the refreshing voice of Hazel. How often do you read books like this? Where the girl is thrown into real life-threatening circumstances? Where she has a physical disadvantage? Where she sacrifices her own happiness so that the love of her life won't get hurt if she dies? Not only is Hazel mentally and emotionally strong, she manages to keep her sense of humour and enjoy what she can in life. Her relationship with her friends and family are explored too, realistically showing the affect cancer has on those around her. I truly adore how genuine this book is, not making Hazel's life perfect but really showing all of the flaws and complications.
If, like me, you've never read anything by John Green before, I'd say this is a great place to start. With his perfect balance of extreme wit, humour, romance and heartache, The Fault in Our Stars is a brilliant read. As you fall in love with all of the characters, you'll be hanging onto their every word and waiting to see what will happen next, following them every step of the way on this bumpy journey. Green's beautiful story about love and loss will wrangle your heart this way and that, making you ride his rollercoaster until the very last page. And what a ride it is......more
If you're looking for something genuinely funny, Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters will leavOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
If you're looking for something genuinely funny, Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters will leave you thankful your life isn't as chaotic and impossibly disastrous as Kelsey's. Filled with laughs, rants and tears, this book will be the cherry on top of your syrupy sundae on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Prepare to journey through the horrors that is freshman year with Kelsey Finkelstein, who's as loveable as they come!
I never expected to love this book so much. I was expecting a light read with endless crack but Zeitlin has written something truly spectacular. As well as characters who are developed and all have significant roles in the story, there's a realistic serving of heartbreak and anger to balance the moments of hilarity that will quite literally have you laughing out loud. Immediately you'll fall in love with Kelsey's narration and be flipping through the book as fast as you can to see how her year ends! Gripping and 100% entertaining, this could-happen-in-real-life tale will charm you with it's vivacity and endearingness.
Kelsey's relationships are the central focus of this novel. Zeitlin has honestly constructed an amazing cast of characters, creating detailed and intriguing story lines for them all. None of the tiffs between Kelsey and her best friends are petty. They have issues we can all easily relate to on a mature level and the hurt will really jab you in the heart. Who knew to expect such horrifying twists and betrayals? Gah! Not to sound like a broken record but the characters and plot are ACE. It's been a while since I've read a book with such well-developed secondary characters! Add in Kelsey's embarrassing family….I'm in love.
Now, how can we have a high school story without a tricky romance? Kelsey's in love with the gorgeous Jordan Rothman and plans to stake her claim on the soccer player this year since his bratty girlfriend's out of the equation. No one expected another complication to arise.... Throughout this book, Kelsey discovers that life at fourteen isn't perfect and you'll always have someone waiting in the wings to mess things up for you. (Tip: Avoid the mean troll on your soccer team.) But when Hot Newspaper Guy gets caught up in the "Embarrassing Photo Situation", reluctant sparks fly and we have ourselves a romance ;) Gosh, I won't spoil and tell you about every single sweet/funny situation in this book so I guess you'll just have to pick it up yourself!!
Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters deals with realistic issues that have honest depth and meaning. You'll come out of reading this feeling different, perhaps a bit worn out (the poor heart!) or in the mood to run and give your best friends a hug! I guarantee you'll adore every character you're supposed to and wish you had a quirky Kelsey for yourself. Despite how alive the humour brought me, I can't get over Kelsey's determination to make it through Hell, dealing with the unfortunate complications of being a teenager and a girl looking for love! Promise me you'll pick this book up because you will not regret it!...more
In a society where girls should be nothing but proper ladies, falling for the common gardener is scandOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
In a society where girls should be nothing but proper ladies, falling for the common gardener is scandalous, especially when your rich and attractive childhood friend has expressed his intentions to make you his wife. Not only is Cate Cahill torn between two boys who she shares equally close bonds with, but she's burdened by a secret that could have fatal consequences if discovered. She and her two sisters, Tess and Maura, are witches and if things weren't bad enough, Cate's just discovered that she's the centre of a mysterious prophecy that will change her life forever. Exciting and filled with entertainment, Born Wicked is a fantastic debut by Spotswood that'll have you jumping in your seat!
Cate's relationship with her younger sisters is crucial to the story, and I loved that they were both so well-developed. While Tess is an advanced caster who's innocent and sweet, Maura's rebellious and desperate to be The Best. Living with their human father, who isn't privy to their secret, they only have each other after their witch mother's death. My respect for Cate is sky high. Throughout the book she suppresses her carefree side to be the responsible one and makes huge sacrifices for the ones she loves. As the prophecy unfolds, this is especially true in epic proportions! She finds herself having to decide between two paths, one that'll lead to a terror and another to a witch resurgence, but both with terrible consequences for her. Beautifully suspenseful and mysterious, Born Wicked will have you desperately trying to piece all of the clues together!
The romance in this book is brilliant! Finn Belastra works in a bookstore (too smart a place for women!) but has become the Cahill's gardener for some extra cash. As Cate hovers about in fear that he'll ruin her beloved garden, the two bond and she falls in love with the boy who doesn't disapprove when she engages in unladylike behaviour (…like climbing trees). On the other hand, Cate and Paul have been neighbours since they were children. She remembers the green-eyed boy during their most playful moments and is shocked by the charming man who returns after four years of being an architect's apprentice in New London. He comes from a good family and could give her the world, but her heart doesn't stutter around him like it does with Finn! In three months, Cate will have her intention ceremony, where she'll choose between marriage or the Sisterhood. If she doesn't, the sinister Brotherhood will do it for her and she's guaranteed to be unhappy. Unfortunately, the prophecy will affect her decision and make things more difficult than you can imagine!! The romance is written with fabulous development and I promise you will just FALL. IN. LOVE.
You'll fly through Born Wicked in search for the conclusion! In the final third of the book, things get very fast-paced and suspenseful as disaster strikes and changes everything. Throughout the book you'll be plagued with questions about the prophecy and you'll only become more ravenous for answers as you learn more! The politics of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood are largely involved but you'll have to read the book yourself to find out more. Get ready for some stunning story-telling with great witch mythology and raging romances. Feel conflicted about every element in the book before being shocked by the cliffhanger that'll have you dying for more! You can find me in the corner. I'll be having a little tantrum and cry... ...more
In this story about getting an inconvenience out of the way and finally entering womanhood, four youngOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
In this story about getting an inconvenience out of the way and finally entering womanhood, four young girls realise that sex isn't all it's cracked up to be. But then again, how often is it when it's not with someone you're attracted to and only lasts ten seconds...? Thinking they'd rather be in control of their devirginisation without the ugly side effects of alcohol, Zoe, Abby, Mala and Bree create the Great Virginity Challenge in hopes of losing their V-cards by the end of the year. They vow not to tell each other about their progress until the Challenge ends, so how will they fare with the slim pickings being offered?
Losing It is told in five parts, the first being a short introduction to the Challenge, and the others all following the individual journeys of the four girls, giving us four unique stories in the one book! I thought this format was a brilliant choice and suited the novel extremely well, as the differences between them became startlingly obvious and were laid out bare for all to see! For such close friends (Group Nickname: the GeeGees), they really couldn't have been more different! Losing It is filled with short flashbacks and with each perspective, we see new takes on some of the same situations. Not only do we get to see the formation of their group many years ago, but also the obstacles they met along the way... This review is very difficult to write because I don't want to spoil anything. Even though it's a contemporary about teen sex, there's a good amount of mystery in it! What are the girls really like deep down? Who do they have sex with and how does it happen? It's highly enjoyable watching the story unfold! After a short while…you'll notice something fairly INTERESTING and well, you'll be rushing to the end from there. I know, I'm vague…… *grins*
I thought Losing It was a quick and light read that brought a sense of realism to the plate without being too serious. There are certainly some hilarious coincidences in the story that ratchet up the entertainment factor but essentially, we have four Australian teenagers with the common idea of "getting it over and done with". Some of these stories are sweet, some are sad and others are just plain awkward - "shut your eyes and pretend people can't see you if you can't see them" awkward - but all in all, I found the journey and the four main characters highly likeable! Lawrinson has done a great job tackling this sticky issue (excuse the pun...) so definitely give it a try if you get the chance!...more
As soon as I opened this book I knew it would be an all-time favourite. The main character, Cinder, drOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
As soon as I opened this book I knew it would be an all-time favourite. The main character, Cinder, drew me in immediately with her kind heart, humour and willingness to help others. I never thought this would be my kind of read - androids and space people? - but my goodness did Marissa Meyer blow my mind. Her clever world crafting and fully developed characters will leave you breathless and begging for more. Is it 2013 yet? Surely it can't be a whole year away… *sobs*
Living in New Beijing, Cinder is your futuristic Cinderella. She works as a skilled mechanic and, on her own, supports her family's lavish spending. With her evil step-mother and sisters, her family is unbearable and will make you shudder in anger, nervous fear and frustration. You'll be horrified by how much her mother's cruel and thoughtless actions affect the outcomes of the novel too! Your sympathy levels will be in overdrive as Cinder's thrown into the cruellest of situations and by the end, you'll definitely feel compelled to give this cyborg a metal-crushing hug. The novel comes alive through it's brilliant characters, whether heroic or evil, and is carried effortlessly by Meyer's imaginative writing. Cinder is filled with nerve-wrecking tension and action, making it a very addictive read. If you can put it down for even a second, I'll be very shocked!
Of course, this wouldn't be a Cinderella story without a Prince Charming. On a very typical day at her stall, Prince Kai of the Eastern Commonwealth stops by to drop off his android for repairs. It's through this first meeting that their lives intertwine and they become caught in a forbidden romance neither can walk away from. The world is in a pandemic, the currently incurable plague killing millions of humans and androids alike. Somehow, Cinder unwillingly gets involved with the testing, which guarantees an almost-certain death with countless unsuccessful vaccines. Through this experience, she learns shocking things about her true self and origins, along with becoming a crucial part in the raging Earth/Lunar war. This brilliant cyberpunk will fascinate you with its intriguing mythology, mystery and thrilling action. Spot-on characters plus a fast-paced, yet intricate storyline? Don't pass out on me now! You have to stay conscious to enjoy the book!
Kai and Cinder have a very heart-warming relationship. Like every other good thing, it blossoms slowly and you can see how things develop between them every step of the way. As secrets about Cinder are revealed, their relationship only gets more dangerous. After Kai's father dies from the plague and he's slated to become the new Emperor, consorting with a non-human is the worst thing he can do. Add on Queen Levana, the brain-washing Lunar leader who's threatening to unleash a fatal war on Earth unless she's made Kai's wife, and Cinder is in for a wild journey. Will she be able to become Kai's beloved Queen at the ball or will Levana's evil plotting leave her dead?
This isn't a novel to read on a sunny afternoon to pass the time. No, Cinder's intense story is gripping and will have you enthralled for long after you've finished. The characters in this novel are at their best and, I promise, you'll feel honoured to have experienced the otherworldly level of amazing that is Cinder. Every element of this novel is just perfect! You'll want to get your hands on the sequel immediately afterwards so maybe you should chain yourself up before you go breaking into Meyer's house for it. Truly stunning and original, Cinder will appeal to every single type of reader and throw you into a imaginative world filled with endless possibilities....more
If you're a fan of the Vampire Academy series, this Ultimate Guide is a must-have! With book summariesOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
If you're a fan of the Vampire Academy series, this Ultimate Guide is a must-have! With book summaries, in-depth character profiles, insights into the vampire world, an exclusive Q&A with Richelle Mead and so much more, you'll easily lose yourself in the familiar memories you have of this fabulous series.
The six book recaps take up about two-thirds of the guide and are 30 pages long each, with Richelle Mead preceding each one with an explanation about her ideas and thought processes while writing. Michelle Rowen is a fantastic writer who so obviously has the same passion for the series as we do, reading as a fan rather than as a critic. Appropriately outraged and swoony in just the right places, Rowen's summary of the series is almost as entertaining as the real thing. In fact, her detailed summaries turned out to be so interesting that I found myself reading them in detail. I had only meant to skim but got caught up in the story all over again! By reading this guide, you'll reignite the passion you had for the series and won't regret having a trusty guide for future emergencies too. It doesn't hurt to re-read the amazing quotes Rowen highlights either!
The summary is not where the guide shines though. The last third of the book (part 2) is where we really get into the thick of things. I was surprised by how much information was given about each character and relationship in their breakdowns. Those minor characters you always forget about? They're featured too! While I loved the quizzes and colour inserts, Richelle's Q&A is my favourite part of the guide. She talks about her favourite characters, her thoughts on the love triangle, vampire mythology, the school, tattoos and loads more! I had a blast in that section and surely you will too. There are a hundred other things in part 2 I can't even begin to name but it's all fun and informative, trust me!
When you read Richelle's answers you'll realise what a well thought out series this is. Things that may have seemed random or insignificant were deliberated on carefully and planned to a T. Richelle speaks as if her characters are real when discussing their motivations and backgrounds, and I'm just a little jealous that there's so much more of these characters that'll only ever exist in her mind! Simply reading those final lines of Last Sacrifice again sent my heart fluttering - what a way to end the summaries! Oh how I adore my hard-earned happily ever afters. I can't say enough - grab this guide if you haven't ready!...more
The Catastrophic History of You and Me has a fascinating concept, with an emotional tale and dangerousOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
The Catastrophic History of You and Me has a fascinating concept, with an emotional tale and dangerous love. When Brie Eagan's perfect life was shattered by her boyfriend's horrifying confession, her heart literally broke in half along with it, leaving behind a devastated family and a troubled ex. Through the gut-wrenching humour, loveable characters and moving scenes of mourning, this book will have you wondering what your life would be like, had you just made one different decision. Maybe you'd have gotten that big promotion, met a fantastic guy or saved someone's life? Ooh. I've got your attention now!
Upon floating into heaven, Brie immediately runs into a boy named Patrick who dresses like he's part of the Top Gun cast. He'll charm you within a second of opening his mouth and suddenly dying doesn't seem that bad at all! You really wouldn't believe the amount of smiles and giggles he got out of me… Acting as Brie's rock and guide in the after life, Patrick supports her through all five stages of grief and gives her something of himself extremely precious and sacred. (Hint hint - big plot point) Their relationship is honestly so amazing, endearing and saddening that I can't even describe! The two have an abundance of adorable moments that puts this book so very high up on the Cool List! You'll come to find that Patrick harbours many secrets that'll mess with your mind and leave you breathless. THE TWISTS! *gasps* Unbelievable, pass-out material right here.
On a serious note, your heart will probably acquire some cracks from this story. When Brie goes back to earth to check up on the people in her life, she finds them all broken and lost. Rothenberg does some amazing character development here, making the situation even more personal than it already is. Throughout the novel we're given the opportunity to get to know Jacob Fischer, her ex-boyfriend, and learn about the long relationship he had with Brie. It all seemed perfect so why did he say he didn't love her? Why is he meeting up with Brie's best friend? What did she do to make him hit rock bottom? The complicated aftermath of Brie's death will forge a strong bond between you and all of the characters, so you will most definitely need a hand to hold when the massive secrets and twists begin showing their nasty faces. Brie gets a whole lot more than she bargained for….
How do I measure how much I loved this book? Well, I had to "call a friend", Millionaire style, and ask what happened at the end. Seems like I got too excited and did the mad dash to the finish line! Catastrophic History will rewire your "sensible" cells and demand you read it in one sitting, whether it's 5am or not! The romance ties together with the conflicts perfectly and is another platform on which Brie can question what her life means to her compared to another. The novel is set out in parts of the Five Stages and it works amazingly well for the story. I was truly stunned by how well Rothenberg made it work and I'm on my knees bowing down to her brilliance! Grab the popcorn and tissues, and sit your behind down to read this with your girlfriends. (Pssst…offer free hugs.) Prepare to be awed and filled with absolute contentment as Rothenberg takes you through the emotional five stages of grief. Give Acceptance a wave when you see her!...more
Although I Am Number Four wasn't the best book, Pittacus Lore proved that this series was worth readinOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Although I Am Number Four wasn't the best book, Pittacus Lore proved that this series was worth reading with the following two. Similar to The Power of Six, The Rise of Nine is full of fast-paced action and makes great use of its multiple points of view. In this third instalment, all of the remaining Garde members, bar Five, must overcome different obstacles, all the while trying to reunite in order to defeat the Mogodorian leader, Setrákus Ra. So many exciting story lines progress and capture your attention at once, so it's guaranteed that you'll be on the edge of your seat for this entire read.
Lore's talent not only lies within his ability to write great action sequences, but also his ability to build anticipation which is tangible and irresistibly good. The Rise of Nine allows us into the minds of John (Four), Veronica (Six) and Marina (Seven) and the Lorics are split into two groups. With every change of perspective, the excitement and suspense builds to an almost unbearable level, as we're desperate to continue the story of the group we're currently with.
Four and Nine, who was saved at the end of the previous book, plan to meet up with the others but must evade government agents at the same time. Shockingly, they're working with the Mogodorians and have no idea what their planet is in for. Nine was a comedic and badass character and his evolving relationship with Four was riveting to watch. They have their bonding moments but spend the rest of their time arguing about what to do, where to go and who the powerful Loric that legend speaks of is. Only one Garde member will become as strong as Pittacus Lore (the elder) and be able to defeat the otherwise unbeatable Setrákus Ra. (Of course, both boys think it's them.)
All the way in India, the others think they've found another Loric, a shapeshifter number Eight. This diverse group had to be my favourite. Six was fierce as usual and became the leader of the group, looking after an insecure Marina and young Ella. Their camaraderie was so uplifting and was the one thing we could be sure of. Eight, known by his supporters as Vishnu, is cheeky and possesses amazing abilities we haven't seen before. Their adventures are even more exciting than Four and Nine's but I'll leave that for you to discover... I won't spoil the story but at some points, certain characters veer off on their own paths with their own problems to take care of. The groups constantly change as they separate and merge and it's simply never-ending entertainment!
The final parts of the novel bring us to a culmination of everything Lore's worked to build from page one. We were treated to explosions and gun fights only a few chapters in, but this is even more intense and extravagant. The ending is filled with twists, surprises and several fear-for-their-lives moments too. The Rise of Nine is truly a magnificent read and it would be a shame to miss out on this series. With a ton of action and suspense, mixed in with friendship and a hint of romance, what's not to love? ...more
After the luxurious first novel of the series, things begin to heat up and become deadly serious in BeOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
After the luxurious first novel of the series, things begin to heat up and become deadly serious in Beautiful Days. With family wars, speakeasy openings and relationship problems, there is never a dull moment and this novel will definitely impress, whether or not you liked the first!
I hardly want to spoil anything for you because so many intriguing things happen that will send you into a tailspin. As always, Godbersen transports us into the wonderful 20th century and shows us the real world of that time. If you've read Bright Young Things, you know that the different relationships are plentiful. Each and every one develops more in this book and provides that extra little bit of mystery. How exactly will things end for our three starlets? Will they get everything they wanted? Less? More? Something they never expected? Oh, at times I felt like crying and at others, squealing, but what did you expect? These characters grow greatly and will have affected you by the end! I can't pick a favourite.
While the first book concentrated more on the friendships and growth of the girls, Beautiful Days is action-packed and much more exciting. If you love deception, high-speed car chases and kidnappings mixed amongst your romance, this is the book for you! I absolutely loved the conclusion of this series. It was perfect and made me feel like reading the last few chapters over and over. A sense of contentment and complete fulfilment will wash over you as you bathe in the happiness of Letty, Cordelia and Astrid. Three girls with wild dreams have finally grabbed onto their desires and have no plans to let go. A sensational novel! ...more
After claiming herself as both Light and Dark, Lena disrupted the Other of Things and sent the town ofOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
After claiming herself as both Light and Dark, Lena disrupted the Other of Things and sent the town of Gaitlin into utter chaos. The Casters have lost control of their powers, lakes have dried up, the food even tastes different and the town is being infested with evil Vexes, which are hellbent on destroying anything in their path. Even worse, the characters we're so fond of are changing, and not for the better. Ethan finds himself unable to escape his disturbing dreams and is slowly losing his memory, while Amma is keeping dangerous secrets and meddling in dark magic. The strongest characters of the series are wasting away before our eyes and will meet their ends unless they can find a way to set the universe straight again.
In Beautiful Chaos, the dark forces are creating more havoc than ever, demanding the location of one John Breed, who disappeared at the end of the previous book. What's more unsettling are the visions Lena is having of herself as a baby. She learns shocking things about her Dark mother, Sarafine, and begins questioning everything she's ever known. Was her mother just as powerless to the Claiming as she was? Was she meant to be Light? Did she really love Lena? These visions are scattered throughout the novel and it's up to you to decide what to do with the information. As always, the authors know how to write up a mean mystery that'll leave you with more questions than you bargained for. The novel is one big question that you'll find yourself answering only on the very last page.
Lena and Ethan are characters who struggle immensely, weighed down by the suspenseful events of the book. While their love has always been a source of comfort for them both, Ethan is now unable to touch his girlfriend without feeling pangs of pain and without being drained of his energy. Even trying to fight it, he knows that a kiss for more than a minute could very well kill him. I did enjoy their relationship, despite how minor a part it played in the overall plot, and look forward to seeing how it develops in the next book. After the tremendous cliffhanger we're left with, it's an obvious problem you'll be thinking about!
Keeping this short and sweet, because trying to describe the plot of Beautiful Chaos is like trying to describe the whole of LOST, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl return with another nail-biting installment of the series. The mysteries are bigger and better, the bad guys meaner, and the stakes immeasurably higher. Throughout the book, tons of clues are left and at times you'll have all of the pieces but just don't know how they fit together. That's until the authors drop the bombshell and make us wonder how we didn't see it to begin with. Once again, I had a problem with the length and pace, but overall this was a good read. Link, John and Ridley will forever be my favourite characters and they provide the comic relief we so desperately require while reading books like this!...more
Ever since the release of Last Sacrifice, fans have been eagerly awaiting the spin-off to Richelle MeaOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Ever since the release of Last Sacrifice, fans have been eagerly awaiting the spin-off to Richelle Mead's bestselling series, Vampire Academy. First of all, if you have not read the original series, I strongly recommend you do so now. I do not think you can fully appreciate Bloodlines without knowing the history of events, characters and Richelle's world first. You will have a big pile of confusion on your hands and a great book will be wasted! In the point of view of Sydney Sage, an alchemist who's had a significant impact on the outcome of previous events, we are transported to sunny California where we run into some of our favourite characters - Jill, Adrian, Eddie, Abe, Rose. If you've read Vampire Academy and enjoyed it, Bloodlines will not disappoint, and if you haven't…what are you still doing here?
I was never worried about the continuation of this series as I knew Richelle had a lot more story to tell, and Bloodlines begins to slowly answer all of those questions we were left with in Last Sacrifice. While this novel isn't heavily packed with action, it certainly does not lack the fine characterisation and mystery we're used to. In the previous books, Sydney is a character who's intelligent, hardworking and does everything by the book. She usually follows rules to a T and doesn't take risks, but her unexpected friendships with vampires lead to her so-called untrustworthiness and betrayal of her superiors. While still firmly believing that magic is wrong and unnatural, Sydney becomes a caring character who has a compassion for those, human and paranormal, around her. Gone is the heartless robot, and herein appears a human who may be normal after all. Readers are very sympathetic to Sydney, as all she gets in return for her help is sadness and anger. Why can't she do anything right?
When Sydney, Jill and Eddie begin their schooling with the humans, they discover the school has a fascination with Sydney's golden tattoo, something they think makes her super intelligent. Sydney eventually discovers the student's illegal activities, using alchemist-like tattoos on themselves for pleasure, speed, strength and skill. Are these tattoos simply using alchemist-like technology or is a traitor alchemist supplying humans with their chemical formulas? This storyline is the centre of Bloodlines, as well as Sydney's mission to keep the Princess safe. There is a lot of mystery which stems from this plot and while some outcomes were predictable, my enjoyment of this novel did not lessen in any way because of this.
While Sydney is the main character, a lot of the novel's focus is on Jill, the royal Moroi she has sworn to protect. Jill's nice enough but I can't help but feel a little annoyed at her spotlight-stealing. Sydney spends a lot of time trying to please her, not upset her, entertain her, drive her around and tal-….you get the point. This wasn't a huge negative but I'm really hoping for Sydney to focus more on herself and her relationships in The Golden Lily. Speaking of relationships, we knew this was going to come - Adrian and Sydney. Can I say…amazing? Yes, the romance is minimal and only their friendship is solidified by the end of the book, but what a journey! Both characters change a lot with their interactions with each other and that is enough to please me. I see this friendship going places. Real sexy, sweet and romantic places. Give me more!
If you're looking for those shocking twists, god-awful suspenses, frustratingly awesome characters and multiple exciting story lines, Bloodlines is the book for you. It was a good start to what I think will be another amazing series by Richelle Mead and I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next book! I've always loved Adrian and this book only made me love him more. If you weren't a fan before…you'll definitely change your mind after this one. These characters have a load of potential and I'm very much looking forward to exploring them further!...more
A hundred and two days is the time Céce and Mack have together. Being a journey about heartbreak, passOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
A hundred and two days is the time Céce and Mack have together. Being a journey about heartbreak, passionate love, friendship and trust, where Stay With Me will take us, we don't know. Mack Morse works at Vic's Too with his good friend, Anthony, and when Tony prepares to leave for the army, he enlists Mack with the job of taking care of his smart, younger sister, Céce. Sparks fly, but it's a shame that Mack is a high school dropout with anger management issues, a criminal record and a problem with looking people in the eye... This novel is incredibly emotional, realistic and moving, and I have no doubt that this emotion will stay with you for a very long time.
Mack has always had a gift with dogs and can render them harmless in a matter of seconds. Being bitten on the face as a little girl, Céce is terrified of them until Mack rescues a battered pitbull and teaches both girls how to love. While both are hesitant to be involved with each other in the beginning, a mutual understanding quickly escalates into full blown love. They understand each other in a way no one else can and know just what to do to comfort the other. I found their relationship to be so beautiful. Whether Mack is buying Céce cheap but thoughtful gifts, whether they're making love or whether their hearts are breaking because of terrible circumstances, it all hit me like a ton of bricks in the very best way. Griffin's writing is superb and always conveys all of the emotion he intends to. Just stunning.
One of the novel's best attributes is the surrounding air of mystery. Things that may seem insignificant or that don't make sense are explained as the story progresses through flashbacks. These revelations are extremely powerful and meaningful, no matter how minor the subject matter, and I enjoyed going on this learning curve immensely. The characters are developed very well and each revealed layer of their background only makes us more sympathetic or adoring. One moment can change your life forever, but despite that, you can move on and become a better person with these experiences - that is the main message of the novel, and the plot in which this message is conveyed is heartbreaking. Plot wise, I refuse to divulge anything! I will only give you some sound advice: Grab some tissues and prepare to cry for most of the novel's second half.
For days after finishing this book my heart ached, and it continues to do so every single time I think about it. While the conclusion is in no way tragic or horrible, it is open-ended, bittersweet and will make you cry bucket loads anyway. Perhaps it's the genuine love and sacrifice? Or perhaps anger at the unjustness of the situation? Either way, Stay With Me will move you and you will hopefully take something away from this truly magnificent story. These characters will embed themselves in your heart and stay in your thoughts for a long time to come. An absolutely brilliant novel by Paul Griffins, Stay With Me is a must read....more
In the second book of the Caster Chronicles, Ethan Wate battles with himself and those around him afteOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
In the second book of the Caster Chronicles, Ethan Wate battles with himself and those around him after finding out that he's not as normal as he seemed. Whilst trying to discover his true identity, he must also fight to save his girlfriend, who is the brink of surrendering to the darkness, and keep her close after she becomes more and more distant. Beautiful Darkness is packed with punch, filled with more doing and less talking. New characters are introduced and together they embark on a dangerous journey through the Caster worlds, which are littered with dark creatures around every corner. Unlike Beautiful Creatures, this novel has an exciting plot which will sustain your interest very easily and until the end.
We are introduced to two new love interests who are both surprisingly entertaining and likeable. Liv, an assistant at the Gaitlan Library, knows more about the Caster world than she lets on. Her genuine kindness and simpleness intrigues Ethan, as the situation between him and Lena gets complicated. An old friend from the previous book returns, Lena's Dark cousin, Ridley, bringing with her a boy named John Breed. He and Lena spend a suspicious lot of time together before running away to find a place, a paradise, which may not even exist. Who is John and what's his agenda? Is he on the Good side? I felt that the character development improved immensely in Beautiful Darkness. Ethan grows as he explores his roots and destiny, plagued with dreams about a man he doesn't know. Lena becomes strong and determined, taking control of her life and no longer being a weak girl who cries about her doom. The issues between the lovers actually strengthened their relationship that much more and built a tension (of the good kind) that would not have been achieved otherwise.
The fight between Good and Evil is less emphasised in this book. While it is still the overall theme of the novel, the majority of Beautiful Darkness is focused on Ethan's mission to find and save Lena before it's too late. I enjoyed this increase in action, over mythology, as I felt the previous book was a little too overpowering in that aspect. There is a nice balance of romance with humour and action, so all of the bases are covered!
With unpredictable twists, mysteries and high levels of anticipation, Beautiful Darkness is a very enjoyable novel. If you didn't like the first, continuing on with the series is most definitely the right decision! I'm relieved to now be a fan of the series and am looking forward to Beautiful Chaos!...more