Vampire Academy is the first book of six from the very popular series of the same name. It follows theOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Vampire Academy is the first book of six from the very popular series of the same name. It follows the adventures of Rosemarie Hathaway and her friends, including Princess Vasilisa Dragomir. Rose and Lissa have been best friends since kindergarten and share a special bond, which you'll learn more about throughout the series! Rose's love interest is Dimitri Belikov, a Russian guardian who is also her mentor.
Vampire Academy is not your typical vampire book. There are different types of vampires, different abilities they can wield and other extra things too. Definitions for Dummies Moroi - Full vampires. They're the "good" ones and all have special abilities (earth, water, fire, air) Royal moroi - Moroi who come from the twelve royal families Strigoi - "Evil vampires" who are made, not born, and aim to kill the royal moroi Dhampir - half vampire/half human - usually grow up to protect moroi from strigoi
I was really skeptical about liking this book for many reasons. 1) It's about vampires... Enough said. 2) The title sounds a little cheesy and the cover isn't that great. 3) My friend did an absolutely terrible job of selling it to me. But hey guess what? I really enjoyed the book! The characters were very interesting and relatable. Sure, they're vampires but they still face the same problems we mere humans do! The relationship between Rose and Dimitri was fantastic. You could really see their warring emotions, especially so in Dimitri's case, and so you just knew that it would be good when everything finally came together.
Rose was a great character. She was strong, confident, badass and sexy without being annoying, She did the whole "everyone wants to be me" thing very well and didn't do it in a snobby way! Dimitri was pretty fantastic too. He was mature, wise, strong, smart, responsible, smoking hot……unattainable. All good qualities. He and Rose will make a great couple. They balance each other out in so many ways!
I think the bond between Lissa and Rose was really interesting too. It made their friendship much more intense and gave us some really good scenes. Christian, Lissa's badboy love interest, is wonderful by the way. I love him as much as I love Dimitri!
Overall, great book. Very nice set up for the rest of the series!
I really enjoyed the second book of the Vampire Academy series. In this novel, the Strigoi are closingOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
I really enjoyed the second book of the Vampire Academy series. In this novel, the Strigoi are closing in on the students of St. Vladimir's as they go away for winter break. What better way to eliminate some royal Moroi than to attack while they're all together with their defenses down?
The thing that set Frostbite apart from the previous book is that we got to see another side of Rose. While I do enjoy seeing her reckless and wild, it was a nice change to see her be so grown up and mature! Who would've thought that Rose Hathaway could be a responsible leader?
I really loved the plot in this one. I was on the edge of my seat at many points of the story. In the opening scene, Rose is being tested on her abilities as a guardian, or so she thought. Things don't go quite as planned and it makes for a very creepy start.
You know what else I loved? Meeting Adrian Ivashkov, one of the royal Moroi. He is one sexy and loveable character. Who didn't giggle a little at his flirting attempts? I fell in love with Adrian the moment he stepped onto the page. He was a great distraction, too, from the Rose/Dimitri heartfail that was in this book! Read at your own peril.
Shadow Kiss is by far my favourite (or second…) favourite of the series. In this installment, many thiOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Shadow Kiss is by far my favourite (or second…) favourite of the series. In this installment, many things that we were waiting for to happen, did. I won't spoil, of course, so you'll just have to go and read yourself!
A few things i'll let slip: Rose and Christian make a badass team. More fun is had with clothes off. Dimitri needs himself a guardian angel. Love fire. Cabins are great. I'd like a knife to gut Lissa. Thanks for nothing.
Shadow Kiss is a definite tear jerker, whether of happiness or total devastation. Power on, people. You can do it!
Short review but that's all I can say without spoiling. Guess you'll just have to make do with the teasers!...more
Out of all the books in the Vampire Academy series, Blood Promise is my least favourite. Not because aOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Out of all the books in the Vampire Academy series, Blood Promise is my least favourite. Not because a certain character was noticeably absent, but because I felt that we dwelled too much on things that…didn't need to be dwelled on. I think Blood Promise could have been just as good with just as much emotional effect in half the length. In saying that, this book really did tug on the heartstrings. Yank and tear them apart, even. You really did need to make best friends with the tissue box while reading this!
Blood Promise centres around Rose, as she tries to find a way to keep the promise between her and Dimitri. It may seem impossible, but she won't stop at anything to fulfil his wish. Along the way, she meets new people, learns things she never knew were possible and has her life changed forever.
Spirit Bound, the second to last book in the Vampire Academy series, begins with a bang. Without beingOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Spirit Bound, the second to last book in the Vampire Academy series, begins with a bang. Without being spoilery, let's just say lots of interesting things happen in the book. Joy, sadness, action, laughs, pain…Richelle delivers it all. We are taken on an emotional and adventurous journey as Rose and her friends deal with the repercussions of their actions. This book fell short of my expectations. Not because it was bad but just because it was nothing at all like I was expecting. Instead of extreme joy, I felt frustration, anger and sadness. Who knew, huh?
Adrian Ivashkov, the royal Moroi who's pining over our dearest Rose, has a large role in this novel. He offers Rose support, affection and for most people, his actions turn their opinions of him around. In a good or bad way, it varies, but there is an impact either way. I've always been an Adrian fan, so I was definitely on board with the events that occurred in Spirit Bound. Adrian brought the lightness that we needed to continue on through the rough times. Without him, this novel would've been horribly difficult to stomach. Fawning over Adrian rather than punching holes in the wall - fair trade, yes?
Spirit Bound ends on a cliffhanger, one that will drive fans mad until they've gotten their hands on the final book, Last Sacrifice.
The final installment of the Vampire Academy series was absolutely amazing. From beginning to end it wOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
The final installment of the Vampire Academy series was absolutely amazing. From beginning to end it was funny, suspenseful, action-packed, romance-packed and everything else good that you can think of! For days, my mind couldn't stop reeling long enough for me to say anything really articulate about it. Now that the series has come to a close, I can safely say that this is my favourite book of the six.
Many loose ends were tied in Last Sacrifice. We are kept guessing throughout the book, and Richelle keeps readers on their toes until the very end. Multiple mysteries intertwine, and seeing them unravel and form connections with each other was truly a great experience. Some were correct in their theories of what would happen and who did what but even then, you were surprised at least once by something completely unexpected. Previous problems and situations are resolved, while others are left wide open. This is for the spin-off series which is heading our way some time this year. It is comprised of six books, like this series, and will follow the lives of characters we have already met. The series begins with Bloodlines.
Who else can't believe that it's been two years since City of Glass was released? Kind of mind-blowingOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Who else can't believe that it's been two years since City of Glass was released? Kind of mind-blowing if you ask me. Long time without Jace + mad blogger raves + anticipation of getting the book in the mail = Very high expectations. I was expecting a mind-blowing plot but unfortunately I feel as if it wasn't as interesting and prominent as the previous three, though the novel is certainly the most tension-filled and suspenseful of them all. As for the final quarter? Wow. I think everyone will be on the edge of their seats just waiting to see what will happen! Cassandra Clare is able to twist situations around so quickly that you never see them coming. That's great but absolutely terrible too, right?
Simon definitely comes into his own in this novel and I really enjoyed exploring his storyline. Girlfriend dilemmas, vampire dilemmas, overall demon dilemmas - when's he going to get a break? Jace is gorgeous, as usual, but something dark is haunting Jace. It's made him reluctant to be with Clary and he pushes her further and further away as he tries to protect her. Does this sound familiar? Typical, predictable Jace behaviour! Clary is somewhat absent, surprisingly. Until the final quarter, Jace and Clary are both more minor characters than anything. Still, Clary's character was so relatable and I felt awful for her. What's wrong with men these days? Malec are adorable as ever, though they do go through a bit of a rough patch! Wish we could've seen more of them. Maia and Isabelle are interesting characters once again. You can't help but laugh a little at poor Simon and his not-so-little predicament. We meet new characters in this novel, as well as get reacquainted with some oldies. Let's just say that one's surprising/mysterious, one's interesting/fun, and the other is horrifying/shocking. Loved the tie-in with Clockwork Angel!
Once again, Cassandra Clare keeps us in unbearable suspense as she switches between story lines rapidly. Just as we get invested in one, the chapter ends and it changes. Then by the end of the next, we're dying for more of the new storyline before we're forced to switch again! You never know what scene you're going to get so the anticipation-meter is going off the charts the whole way through.
I had some idea of what would be in City of Fallen Angels but I really was expecting a bit more Jace/Clary. I'm a little devastated that we didn't get to explore their relationship more than we did but having said that, the other characters were just so interesting. I didn't mind reading about them at all! This novel was considerably different from the previous three, in that there's a darker tone and more focus on the other characters.
Sad thought: "YES! Jace and Clary can finally be together after the catastrophe that we call The Epic Fail The Sibling Situation! …oh wait. No. Not yet. Looks like they've got another craptastic hurdle to get across. Tell me they actually get together by the last book!"
The ending is shocking, as is the whole final quarter as I said before. Jaws will drop, fingernails might chip, profanities may be uttered and books may be ripped in half. But hey, only one year until the next book, right? I found that City of Fallen Angels wasn't as gripping and OMG-I-must-finish-this-in-one-day as the previous books, but it's a good read, nonetheless. ...more
Clockwork Angel is set in April 1878. It follows the story of sixteen year old American Theresa Gray aOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Clockwork Angel is set in April 1878. It follows the story of sixteen year old American Theresa Gray as she searches for her brother, Nathaniel, in London. This occurs after being kidnapped by the Dark Sisters, members of a secret organisation called The Pandemonium Club, whilst expecting to find Nate waiting for her at the docks. Tessa is saved from the evil sisters' clutches by James (who goes by the name Jem) and Will - two best friends who are parabatai, warriors who have sworn to fight together, watch over each other, and are closer than brothers. As the three try to solve the mystery of her brother's whereabouts, Tessa finds herself drawn to both boys and is caught in the dilemma of choosing between them. On one hand is Will, a seventeen year old boy who is handsome but seems to hate everything and everyone. On the other is Jem, an orphan who is keeping a deadly secret, literally. Tessa must decide whether she wants dangerous and passionate, or sweet and gentle. But no matter what she decides, someone will have to get hurt in the end… Magic is dangerous, but love is more dangerous still.
Unlike Clary from The Mortal Instruments, Tessa is not your usual girl. She is not a mundane and is in fact, a Downworlder. She is a Downworlder who has the rare ability of transforming into whoever she wants at will. The Dark Sisters wanted her for this very reason, forcing her to harness her powers so they could take advantage. They weren't the only ones of course, and Tessa is doomed, constantly running from danger. This power of hers fascinating and I absolutely can't wait to see more of it come into play in the next book, Clockwork Prince.
There were links between this book and the original series, though they can be read separately and in any order. Magnus Bane, a warlock we are familiar with from the original series, is part of the London gang. He was quite different then to what he is now, and the change makes for some nice fun. Will Herondale himself is linked to someone from the original series and also Tessa makes an appearance in City of Glass. Once again, these two series can be read in any order but after reading both, you'll definitely have a deeper understanding and satisfying read!
I think I enjoyed this book even more than the original Mortal Instruments books. I found myself loving the 19th century setting, the dizzying difference between all of the characters, and the abrupt twists and turns scattered throughout the book. Just as we finally came to terms with something, we'd discover a new piece of information that completely turned things around. Clockwork Angel is a magnificent book that will keep you guessing until the very end, and even after that! It literally ends mid-conversation, a conversation which readers are dying for more of. Let's just say it involves Will and he has a very important question to ask…
My, my, my. The Hunger Games. How can I express how amazing this book is, in a coherent manner, withouOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
My, my, my. The Hunger Games. How can I express how amazing this book is, in a coherent manner, without sounding like a complete dork? Impossible? Maybe.
So The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic world. There are 12 districts, all which are controlled and ruled by the Capitol. Every single year the Hunger Games are held, where one child between the age of 12 and 18 is chosen from every district, and is forced to participate. It is a largely televised event which serves to remind the people of Panem of their past rebellions, where district 13 was subsequently destroyed. The aim of the Hunger Games? Fight to the death until only one remains.
I think anyone who reads this can agree that the plot was amazing. It was written with great execution as the suspense, plot development and characterisation were all carried out very well. The action scenes were fantastic, as was the whole atmosphere of the Games. Readers felt the desperation, fear, helplessness pouring off the page. The two main characters, Peeta and Katniss - what's not to love? Their relationship was so sweet, bittersweet even, and the ending will leave you flabbergasted, begging for more.
It really was a great read. It's one of those books that keeps you thinking about it until well after you've finished. The Hunger Games is a must-read! I wouldn't steer you wrong! ;)...more
In my opinion, Catching Fire was not better than its predecessor (an almost impossible task as The HunOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
In my opinion, Catching Fire was not better than its predecessor (an almost impossible task as The Hunger Games was phenomenal!) but it was still an excellent read. Initially, it was a little on the slow side as we were getting into the serious politics of things, but as we went on, the story picked up and once again we were sucked right into the addicting world Collins has created.
Catching Fire begins a short while after the end of the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta return to District 12, where tension and emotions are running high. Not only are they dealing with the shock of still being alive, Peeta is heartbroken after learning that Katniss's emotions in the arena were not fully genuine. The first half of the book centres around Peeta and Katniss as they face the repercussions of their suicide attempt in the Games. Unknowingly, Katniss has become the mockingjay, the symbol for rebellion and change. As the two go on their victory tour throughout all of Panem, they learn about how chaos is just around the corner, with districts planning to fight back against the Capitol. Katniss is then forced by President Snow, the antogonist in the series, to convince himself and the rest of the world of her love for Peeta. This brings the two somewhat closer together, with some feelings being realised and revealed. I thought the scenes between these two were either really sweet or really sad. Peeta seems to be strung along as Katniss tries to sort out her feelings and readers are brought to the brink of insanity, waiting for a declaration of love or even a "really like"! Yes, we're that desperate.
In this sequel, we really see more of the Capitol's corruption and how they have forced and manipulated the entire country. It's hard not to read it and be in shock at the absolute absurdity. At the very end of the book, this power play comes in the form of a big and painful slap in the face. Catching Fire ends on a massive cliffhanger and we are forced to bite our nails in anxiety, praying for our characters' safety. It really has to be the worst cliffhanger I have ever read in my life. I truly and honestly sat gaping, flipping back and forth between the pages to really make sure that it was the end. It is a shocker and will get you hooked onto the series if you haven't been already.
Shiver was so sweet I think I got a cavity. Well, to be more specific, Sam was sweet. His romantic sidOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Shiver was so sweet I think I got a cavity. Well, to be more specific, Sam was sweet. His romantic side definitely rivalled that of Edward Cullen! Don't you just wish that a guy would read you poems and write you songs all day?
The first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series is about a girl named Grace and how she forms a relationship with a boy named Sam. But Sam is no ordinary boy - he's a werewolf. One that saved her life when she was a little girl, one that has watched her from outside of her house for years, one that almost died and was desperate for her help. Though in tough circumstances, the two overcome their differences to be a part of one of the sweetest romances ever.
Just to note, I really liked Maggie's version of werewolves. Shifting because of the cold instead of the moon? Nice. It definitely sets up many opportunities for complications in the future. I had so much sympathy for Sam throughout the novel. We get bits and pieces of his backstory and coupling that with his current struggles, you know that you want to give him a massive hug and tell him that everything's going to be okay. Grace was a great character as well. She was strong-willed and determined, which was nice to see. I think her character could've been developed a little more but it's something I can overlook.
The novel ended at such a terrible time. Right at a small climax! Linger couldn't come sooner… Overall, Shiver was a very enjoyable book. We get multiple point of views, plot lines and interesting characters. Sounds like a good book to curl up with on a winter's day!
Random note : Oh my goodness at Sam when he was a wolf. Can anyone say adorable? =)After reading Shiver, I wanted to run out into the woods and grab a sweet werewolf for myself! ...more
Linger is told from the points of view of Sam, Grace, Cole and Isabel, and I found it very enjoyable!Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Linger is told from the points of view of Sam, Grace, Cole and Isabel, and I found it very enjoyable! I didn't think I would because I thought the two extra narrators would take away from the main story but that definitely was not the case! Cole's point of view only serves to strengthen the story and further characterisation. Why not experience a nitty gritty situation through the eyes of the source?
So we are introduced to a new character in this novel - Cole St. Clair. He's a rock star who is thrown into the supernatural world when he is turned. He doesn't take to this change too well which makes for an entertaining read. Isabel, the girl from Shiver who was the sister of a boy killed, changes in Linger, becoming more friendly with Grace and getting a little smoochy with Cole. It was nice to see her drop the snooty act, finally.
The plot for Linger was great, I enjoyed going through and solving every character's problems, being in their mind frame. While we didn't get as much Sam/Grace time like in Shiver, the events that occurred in this story kept me interested so I didn't mind missing out on the love!
The ending, like in Shiver, was a cliffhanger. I can honestly say that I can't wait for Forever to be released! I want more Sam and Grace!...more
In the final installment of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Grace is still a wolf after being turneOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
In the final installment of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Grace is still a wolf after being turned in the previous book. After many tough complications and unfortunate circumstances, she manages to find her way back to Sam, the love of her life. Meanwhile, Isabel is still furious at Cole for refusing to sleep with her. The characters are stronger than ever before in Forever and it is an action-packed book, bound to have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation and fear.
With Isabel's father planning to murder all of the wolves in Mercy Falls, Cole takes it upon himself to experiment in order to find cures. He wants to be able to turn Grace back into a human, as well as force humans to transform into wolves. Their plan depend on him and they're all doomed if his vials of chemicals don't work. As always, Maggie drives us completely insane with worry. She loves to make us yell, "Oh no, (insert name)'s going to die!!" and she certainly does not hold back in this book. My heart stopped a few times whilst reading this and I'm sure you'll be shocked at the ending. You've never seen twists like this. Heart attack rates went up this month.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Forever is my favourite novel out of the three and contains everything that you enjoyed in the first two plus a little more. While the ending was left quite open for readers to come to their own conclusions, I felt that it was suitable for this series, which is based on chance, possibility and fate. A line or two on the final page still leaves me scratching my head but I'm sure I'll come to a logical explanation soon. I really will miss this series because Sam and Grace are one of the sweetest couples in YA fiction. This series isn't all about smiles and light-heartedness, but it sure does have the ability to make you clutch your heart in both happiness and in sadness....more
I actually received Hush Hush from a contest I won. It was a gorgeous signed hardback and I was so excOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
I actually received Hush Hush from a contest I won. It was a gorgeous signed hardback and I was so excited to have gotten my hands on it.
The book centres around a teenage Nora and her new crush Patch, who we later find out is a fallen angel (if you didn't gather from the cover already). She is drawn to the mysterious new kid in her biology class and from there, their relationship turns into a dizzying roller coaster ride; fun but potentially deadly. Throughout the course of Hush Hush, Nora is faced with a series of terrifying encounters and can't decide whether she can trust Patch, her friends, or even herself.
I found this to be a very enjoyable book. Sexy fallen angel? Yes, please. Patch isn't your typical bad boy, one that's just flirty and does dangerous things. Patch does flirt and continuously makes sly comments but there's no escaping the true darkness that lurks inside of him. We don't see the full extent of this or get to know much of his backstory, but enough is given and hinted to make us beg for more. All of the little mysteries and odd occurrences in Hush Hush ultimately led to an amazing last chapters. I was on the edge of my seat and those last few pages had me panting for more.
Hush Hush is an adventurous, sexy and dangerous ride. Which side will you choose? Enjoy the fall....more
I was so excited to get this in the mail. There was some fangirling and a little screaming, all whileOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
I was so excited to get this in the mail. There was some fangirling and a little screaming, all while frantically pulling at the flaps of the box it was encased in. For a whole week before receiving my copy, I had heard only fantastic things, so you can understand my excitement! After my initial excitement and gazing at the shiny book jacket, I finally started reading. It was not put down until past midnight.
Crescendo sucked me in right from the beginning. The novel opens at Delphic Beach, where Nora is spending a nice day out with Patch. After a nasty encounter with Queen Bee, Marcie, Nora is feeling quite put out and seeks the comfort of her boyfriend. After some steamy moments in his car, Patch abruptly flees, leaving Nora to wonder whether it was only an excuse to leave or whether something was really happening. Unfortunately, this marks the start of her insecurity which follows her throughout the entire book.
New characters are introduced, the backstories of some characters are explored (yes, Patch!), mysteries are made known, lives are in danger. Typical Becca, yes? I felt a myriad of emotions whilst reading Crescendo. Happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, passion, shock, fear…the list goes on! We are once again taken on a rollercoaster ride as Nora is thrown, yet again, into a tangled web of mysteries. Many aggravating misunderstandings occur but it's bearable. In small doses. Take a few breaks instead of giving Nora and Patch some rough treatment and you'll be fine.
Overall, a great mystery! Absolutely cannot wait for Silence. How Crescendo ended is a true cliffhanger. Possibly the most evil one i've seen. October can't come quick enough!...more
City of Bones was an absolutely amazing book, a great start to the Mortal Instruments series. At firstOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
City of Bones was an absolutely amazing book, a great start to the Mortal Instruments series. At first while reading descriptions, I thought the supernatural element of the book would be too much for me. There seemed to be a million different creatures, which would be a little overcrowding and confusing. But I loved it. No one element was too overpowering. Perfect amount of subtle, playful romance, perfect amount of action, perfect amount of plot, perfect amount of character development/history and perfect amount of mystery made for a magnificent and gripping read.
With that out of the way, it's time to gush. Jace - egotistical and cocky. Would I slap someone like this in real life? Yes. Would I want to snag Jace as my boyfriend? Yes. Confusing, huh? No really, Jace is a good-hearted and sweet guy on the inside. Even though he doesn't have the most desirable traits, Cassandra just made it work. I don't think it's possible to not fall in love with him! His witty lines and charming personality reel you in and leave no room for argument. Who's Simon again? (…Clary's best friend who's not-so-secretly in love with her, by the way!)
Clary + Jace = perfect couple. Who expected the ending? Definitely not me, and you won't either. City of Bones will leave you shocked and scrambling to get the sequel!...more
City of Ashes is the highly anticipated sequel of City of Bones. Did it live up to my expectations? AbOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
City of Ashes is the highly anticipated sequel of City of Bones. Did it live up to my expectations? Absolutely. The novel begins with a bang - a suspenseful and action-packed opening to immediately draw readers back into the supernatural world. We are given a small glimpse of the main plotline with Valentine before being taken back to the Institute, to the teen Shadowhunters. The mood is tense, as Clary has just discovered that the boy she cares deeply for is her brother. I couldn't help but feel disheartened the whole way through. It seemed as if every single scene between Clary and Jace was carefully manufactured to break our hearts. Two people who love each other can't be together, no matter what. Clary and Jace were both so confused, overwhelmed, and had no idea what to do with themselves. Free hugs, anyone?
The plot of this book was fantastic. There were many random bits and pieces that all eventually just fit together. Everything is planned from the beginning and meshes beautifully together. After having a thousand questions, everything just suddenly makes sense. City of Ashes keeps you guessing the whole way through, which I loved. You never knew what a character was going to do, what demonic hurdle was going to surface, etc. Just wonderful!
Once again, Cassandra Clare manages to creep the bejesus out of us with her descriptive imagery. From the beautiful but deadly Seelie Court, to demon-infested waters, to evil Valentine himself, we are able to imagine everything perfectly. Like in every single one of Cassandra's books, she creates a very detailed, a very real world in which we can transport ourselves into.
City of Ashes ends on an utterly heartbreaking note, just as Clary makes a shocking revelation and decision. Words cannot even express how disappointing and sad it was to read. It's truly times like these that you wish you could shake the characters and tell them to set themselves straight. You wish you could change the story and make certain things happen quicker but alas, us non-writers sadly don't possess that handy power. This is a fantastic book that like the first, creates strong anticipation for the next!
The third book of the Mortal Instruments series was, like the previous two, amazing. I don't think I rOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
The third book of the Mortal Instruments series was, like the previous two, amazing. I don't think I realised until just now how much I gush about this series. In my eyes, everything was just about perfect. Great things we got: - Action scenes - Jace/Clary scenes - Important revelations - Backstory reveals - Solved mysteries - EVERYTHING ELSE IN BETWEEN. City of Glass was filled with so many breathtaking moments that I won't even bother talking about them individually. There was such a deep sense of satisfaction felt when something finally went right, when a character finally did what you wanted them to.
Speaking of characters, all of them have been written exceptionally well up until this point. I feel as if I know about every single character in detail and there's no such thing as a "minor character". Enjoyed learning the backstories immensely.
The was-to-be final installment of the series ends wonderfully, giving us closure and warmth. Even without City of Fallen Angels, to be released next month, it would still be perfect.
Mockingjay was a good book. Not great, but good. Enjoyable. I won't go too much into detail with the pOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Mockingjay was a good book. Not great, but good. Enjoyable. I won't go too much into detail with the plot since there isn't really a way to do so without adding spoilers, but let's just say that there's sadness, frustration and death. Not as much happens in this novel as it did in the previous two books, and Mockingjay has a slow build. Right as we finally come to the climax where things become the most interesting, we are swept off our feet and thrown into an entirely different direction. I found the ending to be a little disappointing. I expected more closure and resolution with the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale but it was an abrupt end for them, with loose ends tied up briefly and quickly. Readers are left again to wonder whether this was the end, but this time not in a good way. Love triangle aside, we don't even get to thoroughly see the aftermath of the events that occurred. It was climax, weird scene, future, done. I was looking forward to the big finish but sadly, it never came.
I do have to say, though, that the way things panned out in this novel (minus the ending) was better than what I had imagined in my head. Everyone obviously had their own theories about what would happen, and I didn't expect what did at all which was great. Scenes were still written very well, engaging us with the little twists and turns that appeared every now and then.
Mockingjay earns this rating because even though the ending was quite weak, the rest of the book was interesting and enjoyable. It really comes down to a 3.5 - 4 but i'll go with a 4 since 3.5 seems too low.
Where do I start? I've been missing out - missing out on the greatness that is called Paranormalcy. ToOriginally posted at Read me Bookmark Me Love Me
Where do I start? I've been missing out - missing out on the greatness that is called Paranormalcy. To anyone who has not yet read this, do so now. Don't put it off any longer! Kiersten White is absolutely amazing and you will not regret bumping this up your reading pile. Filled with hilarious lines and fun paranormal-tagging, this book will have you in stitches!
When Evelyn was eight years old, she wandered away from her carers and ended up in the hands of the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Using the gift that only she possesses, she tags and arrests paranormals, as she can look past their glamours to see their true forms. When a boy, who can turn invisible and shape-shift into anyone he wants, breaks into IPCA headquarters, Evie finds herself spellbound by his intelligence, charm and beautiful true form. Together, they test their limitations within IPCA, when Evie discovers that she may not be as free and "above the rest" as she had originally thought.
Paranormalcy is littered with a fantastic cast of characters - ones that will make you laugh, fume, love and hate. Reth is an attractive faerie who has an interesting past with Evie, one she is trying desperately to escape. Faeries are forced to obey named commands (which is why their true names are kept secret apart from a select few) so you'd think Evie could just order him away? Things aren't so easy when faeries find loopholes and twist commands around in their own cheeky way. We never really know where to stand with Reth and his ongoing attack so he's an interesting character throughout. Alisha is Evie's mermaid BFF and it was so sweet to see two such different beings get along so well. Raquel handles all debriefs in IPCA and is Evie's mother figure, strict but completely caring and protective. Then of course, Lend is the gorgeous shape-shifter. If you don't fall in love with his tongue-in-cheek humour immediately, there's something wrong with you.
With a mysterious creature on the loose and killing paranormals, Evie is forced onto an exciting but dangerous mission to find the killer while keeping herself alive. Paranormalcy is a breath of fresh air and you'll quickly find yourself swept up into the whirlwind of winning characters. This book in three words: Original. Hilarious. Fun. That's all from me - I'll let you read this yourself! ...more
Matched was such a fantastic novel. Upon completion, I was breathless and still in fan-mode. I had heaOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Matched was such a fantastic novel. Upon completion, I was breathless and still in fan-mode. I had heard about this book a while ago and when I saw the gorgeous cover, I knew that I had to have it. The whole concept of living in a completely controlled society intrigued me. What better place to have a love story? A love triangle? The book begins well and pulls readers in immediately as we await Cassia's match. I was very excited about this and couldn't wait for the impending "glitch scene". I was very surprised as the glitch didn't occur until after the ceremony. Here I was, bouncing in anticipation, and it didn't even happen! Well played, Condie, well played.
As the story continued, I realised I wasn't getting into it as easily as I should've been. But around the halfway mark…I was there. Matched sucked me and held me in its clutches so that I couldn't stop reading until I finished it in the early morning hours. It's another one of those books that you have to read in one sitting and can't let go of until you've finished. There isn't a low/calm point where you can take a break because every single chapter ends at an interesting point so in the end, you never end up stopping.
I feel as if we didn't get to know Cassia enough. Most of the book was spent with Cassia hanging out with Ky, sneaking around, having internal debates with herself, etc. There wasn't much development with her character, or any of the others for that matter. Well, either that or my memory is really foggy. But with that being said, I really loved Ky… What to say about him? Quiet, strong, smart, romantic? What's not to love? Cassia and Ky's love story absolutely messed with my heart. There were sweet moments, sad moments and moments that just made you want to die. There was a certain thrill and constant tension between them. It's because of them and their secretive, dangerous relationship that makes this book so gripping. You wanted to know what sweet thing Ky was going to do next, whether they would finally get caught, whether they would stay together… Exciting stuff, I tell you.
I thought the novel ended on a perfect cliffhanger. Absolutely cannot wait for the next in the trilogy to see how Cassia overcomes the complication (which I must say made me cry) that has been thrown her way. The fact that Xander, the other boy, was willing to help her was heartbreaking too. Poor boy. He and Cassia seemed to be the perfect match for each other but then Ky came along and muddled everything up. The worst love triangles? When both guys are great people and you know that one will end up hurt, even if they absolutely don't deserve it and deserve the girl as much as the other guy.
Matched will stay with you, long after you've finished. The sequel, Crossed, hits the shelves in November and I bet you won't be able to wait until then!...more
Nightshade is a story about Calla, the strong werewolf leader of the Nightshade pack, who finds herselOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Nightshade is a story about Calla, the strong werewolf leader of the Nightshade pack, who finds herself stuck between choosing sexy alpha-male, Renier Laroche, or human, Shay Doran. It was an enjoyable read, as it was fast-paced and interesting the whole way through. I also don't read werewolf stories very often so it was a nice change. In this novel, we not only get one hot male lead but two! ...Plus a whole heap of other interesting characters.
Calla meets Shay when she finds him being attacked by a grizzly bear on the land she's been assigned to protect. Laws are broken as she saves his life, and things only go downhill from there. Throughout the book, Calla makes stupid choices and risks, all in the name of Shay. She is fascinated by his way of thinking and is unable to resist. The world won't let her get her way easily though. On her 18th birthday she is set to marry Ren, the alpha male of the Bane pack. She has no choice in the matter as it was decided on by the Keepers, who take care of the wolves and their families, before she was even born. As a Guardian, her job is to protect the Keepers from the Searchers, and the rules she must follow are strict, with disloyalty resulting in fatal consequences.
I found all of the characters in this book interesting and unique. Shay is rebellious and convinces Calla that everything she has ever believed in and has been told by the Keepers is false, while Ren is, for the lack of a better word, an asshole. As a result of his wolf nature, he has a bad attitude and is controlling, pushing Calla further and further away from him with every word he utters and every move he makes. The male leads both evolve and end up quite different to what they are like at the beginning, and Cremer makes it hard to choose between the two as both have their pros and cons. At first, Shay was the frontrunner for me. Ren was the sexy badboy but his attitude was a major turn off. Shay, on the other hand, was sweet and kind, and really seemed to like Calla from the very start! It took Ren a long time but he eventually straightens up and shows his true feelings for Calla, though it is difficult to fully trust him because of his constant and abrupt mood swings. Ren and Shay are equal for me at the moment, but i'm hoping that will change in the next book. Neither boy has trouble bringing on the sexy so i'm looking forward to more! As well as the three mains, there is a large number of other characters. There are all of the Keepers, the Searchers, the wolves from both packs, family members and friends. All of them get significant page time too so it's a little difficult to keep track at times. Notepad and pen, anyone?
One thing that I disliked was that the twists weren't really twists. I correctly predicted almost all of what would happen - that never happens, by the way - and was a little let down by the lack of surprise. The ending did manage to stump me though. We are at a very exciting point of the novel when it suddenly ends, so the sequel can't come fast enough.
Despite it being predictable at times, I was still able to get into it and really love the characters. Nightshade is a thrilling and action-packed story, filled with romantic tension, adventure and excitement. There is a perfect balance between plot and romance, and the writing captures your attention from the very start. I'm very much so looking forward to seeing more of this strong female protagonist Andrea Cremer has created in Wolfsbane....more
I'd been meaning to read this series for a very long time. I heard about it years ago but was initiallOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
I'd been meaning to read this series for a very long time. I heard about it years ago but was initially worried about how I'd like the sequels. Would I fall in love with the other brothers? Would I enjoy their stories just as much? I now know that I had nothing to worry about! If you still haven't read the books, grab them now and stop putting it off! I fell in love with the main characters immediately and being a long-time fan of gang/mafia novels, I was very pleased with how Perfect Chemistry was so well-balanced between the actual plot and sexy romance! Who knew that the meeting of Alex and Brittany would set off such events?!
Although Brittany Ellis is a white girl who's beautiful, rich, privileged and, of course, very popular, never would she have imagined falling in love with the dangerous Alex Fuentes, who's connected to the Latino Blood gang. If you're worried about some star-crossed insta-love, think again! The two despise each other greatly and it takes a lot of effort for them not to stab each other when they're in the same room. Just like everyone else, Brittany's afraid of him and Alex can't stop hating the perfect snob who thinks she's better than everyone. With each scene, not only does the romance slowly grow stronger but we learn more about the two as individuals. Brittany isn't the mean girl everyone thinks she is and Alex isn't involved with his gang because he likes it. I loved the entire journey Elkeles put me on with these characters and I'm sure you will too!
Alex Fuentes is hot. He knows it...and he uses it to his advantage. Don't pass out when he's whispering in Brittany's ear or propositioning her for a less-than-inappropriate ride in his car. I'm warning you! The two strong personalities collide yet mould together perfectly and this couple is passionate at an A-grade level. While their relationship does go through some complications with predictable outcomes, you'll still be able to really enjoy the story.
Throughout Perfect Chemistry is the conflict Alex has between Brittany and the LB gang. They simply can't co-exist. No matter how much Alex wants to leave his gang, it's impossible, and the novel is filled with shocking revelations, twists, fights and more! It's so much more than just a romance and I think this book was a great start to the series. While Alex will always be my favourite Fuentes, his younger brothers, Carlos and Luis, are certainly very likeable too! Perfect Chemistry has a wonderful ending and paves the way for the sequels very well. If you're up for some heart-racing romance and action, this book's for you! ;) ...more
Beautiful Creatures is an authentic southern tale, complete with old curses, strong family values, warOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Beautiful Creatures is an authentic southern tale, complete with old curses, strong family values, warm home cooking and scary town committees made up of narrow-minded housewives. Gaitlin is a small town where everyone knows everything and there is nowhere to hide. When Lena Duchannes moves into the Ravenwood Manor with the town hermit, Macon Ravenwood, people talk. She goes against everything the town says is normal and is immediately outcast, but when popular basketball player, Ethan, recognises her as the girl in his dreams, he steps out of his safety net within society to be with her.
Lena is counting down the days until her 16th birthday, the day she must decide to go Light or Dark. The ideas behind this novel are fantastic and different, though not what I expected. There is a lot of mythology to understand, which is equally interesting and confusing. As the novel progresses, pieces of information are revealed and slowly fit together to form a complex story line. You'll never be sure of anything so prepare for your world to be turned upside down!
Beautiful Creatures is insanely long, much longer than it really needs to be, in my opinion. With a shorter length, this novel could have easily had the same amount of plot and character development. Things sometimes dragged on unnecessarily and became confusing as a consequence. Lena has the ability to read Ethan's mind and at times, things were a little too convenient, regarding when she could hear him and when she couldn't.
The romance, I must say, is very enjoyable. I'm a sucker for star-crossed lovers! The relationship has a nice build up and their affection is adorable. Overcoming their differences, they support each other and a magical connection forms, predestined centuries ago by their ancestors when everything first began. Lena's a powerful being with the ability to affect the lives of many. Ethan's a mere mortal, utterly powerless to stop himself from falling in love. Somehow, they found each other.
The second half of Beautiful Creatures is considerably better than the first. While the ending is slightly confusing, things are cleared up at the beginning of the sequel, Beautiful Darkness. Push on, soldiers! It gets much better. I recommend you to give this novel a try because the series has the potential to be a real winner. ...more