I don't remember the exact date I read this book, late 2009-early 2010 is all I remember, because I know I picked it up while waiting for one of the V...moreI don't remember the exact date I read this book, late 2009-early 2010 is all I remember, because I know I picked it up while waiting for one of the Vampire Academy books to come out. I also was curious to see just how well Richelle Mead wrote in the adult genre compared to her VA series.
She didn't disappoint me one bit.
In fact, I devoured this book. And I've reread it twice since. I'm thinking about rereading it again soon, for Halloween. I love the characters and the details. And King Dorian. Hello!!
It was full of fun fast-paced action and witty dialogue with great world building. This was an urban fantasy adventure that I couldn't put down. I love every bit of this series.
I don't normally read a lot of erotica, but when I do, I look for a certain "style" so-to-speak. Ms. Mead had exactly that. She never strayed from the story, and didn't make it all about ridiculous, cheesy sex scenes. If anything, they were far from it, and tastefully written without over-the-top details.
Between reading the VA series and this one, it wasn't a surprise when I had turned to a friend and told her, "No wonder Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors."
If you enjoy urban fantasy in any way, I do highly recommend picking this up!
I don't know why I took so long to read the last book of the series really. I'd read the other four in order since the series started through the last...moreI don't know why I took so long to read the last book of the series really. I'd read the other four in order since the series started through the last few years, but I took my time picking up this one. Honestly, it's because I was sad it's the last one. I wanted to delay it. But I couldn't put it off any longer. I had to read it. It was such an emotional experience for me too knowing that it was the end of one of my favorites. Because of the timespan that I had given between reading the first four books and this one, I know that soon, I'll go back and re-read the entire series back to back. And I know I'll still love it as much as I did the first time I'd read it.
There will be a full review coming soon on my blog...and sometime in the next few months, I plan to do a special fairy feature and challenge.
If you haven’t read The Vampire Academy Series, what in the world are you waiting for?! My suggestion is to read that series before diving into Bloodlines. You won’t exactly be lost if you do happen to read Bloodlines first, but you’ll know some of the characters much better- as well as some parts where backstories are mentioned.
Now that I’ve established this, I’d like to let out a big WHOOP and EEEOWW for Bloodlines! It completely blew me away!
There was only one reason I wanted this book and that reason was named Adrian Ivashkov.
If it hadn’t been for him, I honestly don’t think I would have bothered with it- or at least not this soon- no matter that it’s a VA spin-off. Honestly, I was never a big fan of Sydney or Jill in VA, so upon hearing about the spin-off last year, I was wary. But when I heard Adrian was making his appearance as an MC for the new series, my heart soared.
Bloodlines not only met my expectations, but it went above and beyond. I may not have been much of a fan before of the two girls- but I absolutely adore Sydney and Jill now, most particularly Sydney, who is much stronger and sassy than she appears.
There were a lot of laugh out loud moments and great twists and turns. As always, Richelle Mead knows how to deliver a story that packs a punch. I could not put this book down until I finished (and I finished in a little less than twelve hours)!
I will not say too much more, because if I do, it might become a spoiler for the VA series- and I don’t want to do that for anyone who hasn’t read that series yet, either. Just know this: Read it. Highly recommended. Loved, loved, loved.
I’d been wanting to read Warm Bodies before I heard about the movie. This book was on my wish list for some time--almost a year, maybe, or longer--and...moreI’d been wanting to read Warm Bodies before I heard about the movie. This book was on my wish list for some time--almost a year, maybe, or longer--and then I saw the movie trailer last month and I just began to crave it even more. I finally got my hands on a copy and there wasn’t any hesitation in starting it. Once I had it, I started it that day while putting aside everything else with high hopes and a lot of excitement.
And I’m so happy to say that I wasn’t let down. Zombies, some humor, romance… it was all neatly wrapped in this lovely, but unfortunately short (or it seemed that way), adventure. I loved following R around. I adored Julie’s tough take-charge attitude. The writing style was poetic at times, weaving words and thoughts together beautifully, and the action sequences packed a punch. It gave me so many emotions. I didn’t want to stop turning the pages until I finished.
While my review is short, there’s not much to really say other than I loved this book. This is easily one of my favorites now and will remain on my shelf for a long time.
“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.” --R
Let me start by saying that when Wither was first released and everyone was rushing out to get it, I was standing back. I had read the blurb and kept...moreLet me start by saying that when Wither was first released and everyone was rushing out to get it, I was standing back. I had read the blurb and kept thinking to myself, “I don’t think I want to read this one.” Why? The whole theme revolves around polygamy. And my first initial reaction was that it was going to be a heavy religious undertone reading, and these types of books usually make me uncomfortable, and more often than not, I don’t like them. I didn’t want to put myself through that, and I certainly wouldn’t have found it fair to read something that I knew ahead of time I wouldn’t like.
So…almost a year passes, and I keep hearing non-stop about how amazing this book is from friends and blogging buddies and my curiosity just keeps building. When it was released on paperback, I continuously walked by it in the store, not-so-casually glancing at it. Finally, I just compromised with myself and said, “Okay. I’ll try. If it turns out badly for me, I probably just won’t review it. Simple enough.”
I went home with my pretty paperback copy (and yes, I just adore the cover, I did back when it was first released on hardcover even) and it took me some time to start it. I had to prepare myself. When I was ready, I started it, opening the pages with some worry, cringing and thinking that maybe I’d gotten myself into a series I shouldn’t have. I’d read the reviews of my friends and blogging buddies. I trusted them. They assured me I should love it. But really, I still have my own tastes, and I don’t agree with them on everything at times. But from starting the first page, everything melted away. My worries and fears. I started reading Wither, and I couldn’t believe that I had been passing on this for so long because of some cautions that weren’t there to worry about at all in the end anyway.
Yes, Wither is about a world of polygamy, but it was so much deeper than that. There’s not religious undertones. This is about survival and trying to keep the human race thriving for as long as possible. The characterization is complex and often sad at times. And DeStefano’s world building was so strange, yet stunning and visual, I could imagine each detail. Sure, I had a hard time really believing that some of the things could even be possible, or finding answers to questions (how did it happen that women only lived to twenty and men to twenty-five?), but I was still drawn in despite it. The story starts off with an immediate hook that pulls you right into the story. There’s no turning back after this.
Once I started, I could not put it down. Rhine was a character to love--strong, intelligent, caring. And Housemaster Vaughn is a villain that is truly evil with a real purpose. I loved that. Often in books, our villains are chatty, are just there to be “mean” to our heroines/heroes, or not seemingly all that bad at all. Not him. He’s cruel and tortuous with a motive. I didn’t like Gabriel much, to be honest. I understand he was the “love interest”, but he didn’t seem too developed to me compared to the other characters so I didn’t get a sense of attachment to him. At times, he felt weak. He couldn’t stand up for himself or for Rhine when it was important. I hardly knew him. Perhaps it was because I gave all of my attachment to Linden. Maybe I’m weird for this, I don’t know. I liked him a lot, and felt a lot of sympathy for him and how he had no idea what was going on behind the scenes. He obviously cared. But the poor guy didn’t know what was happening and what his father was really doing. I feel like if he only knew the truth, things would have been different. And this is where Rhine annoyed me in some situations. She kept some important secrets from him, because I felt she was a bit selfish. Like I said, this could have all been my own interpretation of matters, but that’s how I feel.
Whew. This is perhaps the longest review I’ve written. Not a bad thing at all, of course. I absolutely adored Wither and now I’m so glad I finally came around to it. This book was scary in a way of seeing this strange world, and so thought-provoking. I love when books make me think like this. The characters and details are amazing. If you haven’t read it, and are wary of reading it like I had been, I’m highly recommending it. It’s definitely one to pick up.
It’s onto FEVER for me now. Hoping it’s just as good!
Holy.. wow. Possibly my favorite book of the year (so far anyway!). Possibly even better than The Hunger Games? Maybe! But I'm waiting to read the ent...moreHoly.. wow. Possibly my favorite book of the year (so far anyway!). Possibly even better than The Hunger Games? Maybe! But I'm waiting to read the entire Divergent series before making that final call. Here's what I loved:
1. No love triangles. FINALLY! You know.. I was getting really sick of picking up what seemed like almost every YA book as of recent to find a love triangle tossed in. Back in the beginning of this "craze", it was alright. I loved the premise of the love triangle in The Vampire Academy series, but other than that.. I really loathe it most of the time. So, I was quite thrilled that Divergent didn't have it!
2. Gripping. I don't think I ever stopped thinking about it. When I wasn't reading this, I was thinking of the book. It was a major page turning. I was practically tearing at the pages to find out what happened next.
3. Tris was REAL. She had emotions, three-dimensional, and overall a character that I will remember and continue to love. She lost sometimes and I liked that. It was sad seeing her lose, but at the same time, I really have to say that this was an added bonus because it gave the character weak spots. A true character. Can't win ALL the time, you know, and that's what I liked.
4. Action-packed. It kept me on the edge of my seat and the details were compelling. Violent at times, but wow, it really hit the senses.
5. The romance was realistic. No "Hello" one day, and then two days later, "Oh my gosh, I'm in love." It was slow-moving romance that sent shivers up my spine. For once, in quite some time, the romance found in this novel was a romance that could be encountered in the real world. The characters got to know each other. We got to know the characters. Loved, loved, loved. And I loooovee Four. He was a character that really hit a soft spot with me, albeit I did kind of predict what was going on with him/who he was ahead of time, but it didn't ruin anything at all for me when I realized my assumption was right.
Normally, I'm not one to jump so quickly along with the hype and go out to buy a brand new, hardcover, just released book by a new author. I'll usually wait a while, or until the book comes out on paperback before I read it. This time, though, something just kept nagging at me to get it shortly after release day and I'm SO glad that I did now. Believe the hype. Every good thing that you hear about this book is true. Trust me. Divergent will live long in my brain. I finished it a few days ago and still can't stop thinking about it. Now I'm likely going to go insane waiting for the second installment! :(
Review coming sometime in the near future. Lol. *Good thing about the Read-A-Thon is that I catch up on my reading. Bad thing is that I fall behind on...moreReview coming sometime in the near future. Lol. *Good thing about the Read-A-Thon is that I catch up on my reading. Bad thing is that I fall behind on writing my reviews. Haha!*
Zombies, a new Victorian dystopian world, steampunk, and romance? Why yes please!
Dearly, Departed was a book I’d been anticipating for months--how co...moreZombies, a new Victorian dystopian world, steampunk, and romance? Why yes please!
Dearly, Departed was a book I’d been anticipating for months--how could I not after reading the premise? I’m proud to announce that it did not disappoint me.
Lia Habel crafted a world that will knock you off your feet. It’s action-packed from the first page and leaves you stunned until the last. The characters were fantastically multi-dimensional. The striking reality of how our world came to be in the state is what grabbed me-- it wasn’t the least bit unrealistic, and I liked how much thought was put into the background of the story.
My only mild complaint? There are many shifts in POVs between characters and while there is no problem with that, it is written in first person POV-- so my opinion might have been that Dearly, Departed might have worked even better as third person with all the shifts. But maybe that’s just me. Other than that, I really had no other problems.
I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I liked how well Pam developed as a character- how much she grew into a fighter throughout the story. Nora was lovable and her and Bram’s building romance wasn’t cheesy or overdone. In fact, it was so adorable and a nice blend with the story. No love triangles! No angst! I love that too!
I would most definitely recommend Dearly, Departed.
edit 11/5/12: I've decided a year later this is totally worth a full five stars instead of the initial 4-4.5 star rating I gave it. Book two got a 5 s...moreedit 11/5/12: I've decided a year later this is totally worth a full five stars instead of the initial 4-4.5 star rating I gave it. Book two got a 5 star rating, and this series is a constant recommendation from me to others. So five stars it is.
Thank you, NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this wonderful start to a series!
This was an incredible start to what I think will be a one-of-a-kind Dystopian Horror series. Ashes gripped from the beginning until the last page. The imagery was so vivid and detailed, I have to say you can’t exactly have a weak stomach when it comes to reading this. Haha. At times, horrifying and morbid, but I just couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages.
Like zombies? Then you’ll love this.
Ashes takes you into a whole new level of Post-Apocalyptic fiction. The events that not only have the reader following the characters just before the “big disaster”, but everything after as well as the new-world building. Everything is so structured and amazingly well crafted in a good timeline. The characters stick with you most particularly. There are characters you love, and ones you loathe.
My only nitpick about the book I would have is that it ended a bit too abruptly for my liking… on such an awful cliffhanger. While I normally have no problems with cliffhangers, sometimes when starting a new series, it can be just a slight annoyance with a sudden abrupt ending and I’m flipping the page to only find the acknowledgements. Nonetheless, I’m now eagerly awaiting the next book to this series. I highly enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what’s to come now for the characters!
Thank you, Ms. Caine for a vampire story in which vampires weren't the romantic interest!
Let's face it, vamps are a big part of YA nowadays, most likely due to a book that shall not be named here (I shouldn't REALLY have to name it, should I?), but I've always adored vampire stories. Some of my first major reads as a preteen was Anne Rice and Bram Stoker. However, here lately, it's hard for me to find much good in anything recently written. I get picky quickly as plotlines can get old and overdone too often. It's rare now for me to pick up a vampire novel and read it in only a day's time because I just can't get enough of it. If memory serves correct, the only other series that has done this to me as of recent times in this genre has been The Vampire Academy series. And now that's over (sadness), I've been feeling a little bummed, hoping I could find another just as good, if not better.
The Morganville Vampires may have done just that.
I got right into this book after a friend loaned it to me, having been wanting to read it for awhile now but never really mustering up enough courage to really sit down and take the time to do so, and I was immediately sucked in from the start. Hey, sucked in. I made a pun! Ookkayy... dork moment over...
This volume is actually consisted of the first two books to the series. I found myself so entranced with the storyline and characters that I finished both, the full volume, within twenty-four hours. There were some times that I felt were a bit "cheesy" and made me giggle a bit at the action, but the overall entertainment and characterization of the story was fantastic. I adored the vampire mythos that was put into this- evil vamps, damn straight, along with other supernatural elements that I don't want to give away here due to spoilers.
There was humor and wittiness throughout that I enjoyed. Claire was a refreshing young woman that reminded me a bit of myself a lot when I was her age (and even the way I am now) with her "nerdy" ways. I really liked her character and the narration that Ms. Caine delivered throughout flowed amazingly well with gorgeous details.
I very much look forward to reading the many more installments to this series. I'm hooked for sure and will be staying in Morganville for quite awhile. :)
Almost a week after finishing “Born at Midnight” and I’m still thinking about it. I’m already craving the second book. Must. Have. It. Soon!
“Born At Midnight” is one of my favorites so far this year. It has spunk and spark. I want to GO there.
Yes, there’s a love triangle. And perhaps many readers at this point are starting to get tired of this, but many of us also know that if it’s done right, we still enjoy that guilty pleasure. I, myself, have a hard time picking up any books as of recently that include love triangles. But here was a refreshing take on it that didn’t annoy me. I enjoyed it, and it didn’t take away from the story any bit. Thinking about it now, I can’t see this series at all without one… and might I state at this time that I’m all for Lucas. Thank you.
The characters! Each character had their own unique personality and I loved that. A few of them had been on some hard times, but I particularly liked how the author didn’t have them whiney about it. They were strong-willed, sarcastic and witty. Kylie took awhile to accept things, but it was realistic and understandable on her behalf. The writing was smooth, realistic, and beautifully detailed. The action fun and fast-paced.
I could not get enough of this book! More soon, please!
First and foremost, thank you goes out to NetGalley and Carolrhoda Lab (an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group) for the opportunity to read Ultraviolet. This, of course, in no way influences my opinion whatsoever.
I actually finished this book while I was on vacation, but only now getting around to posting my review. Here's the thing: I can't stop thinking about it! It was absolutely stunning! Wow, wow, wow. I was left speechless when I finished, and I'm still at a loss for words on where to begin here what to say to you all about how amazing this book was. I don't know if there are enough words. Hands down, this was absolutely one of my year's best reads for sure.
How do you know you're reading a good book?
Well, for me, it's always been when I felt as if I'm within the story as well. I can feel, smell, taste, and hear everything because the author has gone into that kind of detail. With Ultraviolet, you get that and so much more.
Ultraviolet isn't just literature. It's art.
But of course, isn't that what literature is? A form of art? I don't want to get off topic, though. :)
R.J. Anderson wove so many amazing details in the words that I was stunned at the breathtaking talent. From Anderson's writing, I would believe that she was just like Alison, tasting colors and seeing sounds.
Alison was real and three-dimensional. My heart broke for her everytime she endured pain and her own heartaches. The ending left me craving for so much more. Oh please, please let there be a sequel!! *begs*
All in all, I highly recommend this book. Yes, I got a galley, but you can bet I'll be buying it release day. I'm honestly not a big sci-fi fan, either, but this was a genre bender. Plot twists, beautiful romance, amazing, artistic and wonderfully crafted details, great characters. I loved it all. This book will live long in my mind!
The Iron Queen is the third installment in the Iron Fey series and perhaps so far the most mind-blowing. Ms. Kagawa has continue to weave a fantastica...moreThe Iron Queen is the third installment in the Iron Fey series and perhaps so far the most mind-blowing. Ms. Kagawa has continue to weave a fantastical world of characters and rich descriptions that I was left absolutely breathless.
This installment was my favorite by far. It was filled with more adventure and new characters, along with some of my favorite returning characters that were developed even deeper. Emotions ran high in this one, too. I cried my eyes out so much! And it really means a lot when a book can impact me that much on an emotional level... when I connect with the characters that much.
It's powerful, beautiful, fun, and romantic.
If you haven't read this series yet, you're missing out!
Thank you, NetGalley and HarlequinTeen for the amazing opportunity to read this galley! Also a big thank you to Julie Kagawa for The Iron Fey series-- for giving readers this beautiful world and astounding characters.
I cried. I laughed. I smiled. My heart fluttered at times. And I cried some more. The Iron Knight went above and beyond everything I had hoped for. I knew it would. I just absolutely adore this series for everything it is. The romance and action. The characters. The amazing fantasy and world of Nevernever.
I became very sentimental knowing that this was the last installment of the series. I wasn’t ready for Meghan and Ash’s story to end, to see Puck and Grimalkin leave the pages, and even slowly watch Queen Mab fade away in the words. Yes, I’m a fan of Queen Mab, no matter how “evil” her character may be. I’m a huge Shakespeare fan, and her character has always been a favorite in all things. Of course, she didn’t make an appearance in this installment. Her name was mentioned a few times. I missed her here.
Grimalkin. Where do I begin here? Oh, you crazy, totally sarcastic loveable cat. You’d be perfect for me. I wish you were here. You would be great with conversation. Then again… you might get annoyed easily and disappear. After all, you’re a cat. A very smart one. ;) Grimalkin has been special to me since the beginning. He gave me a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. Never have I loved another cat character as much since Cheshire Cat.
Puck will always have a special place in my heart. He’s hilarious, sarcastic, and fun. Also very loyal. No matter how much him and Ash fought and threatened each other, he stuck around. That’s because deep down, Puck cared and it shows completely through every action he makes. I’m “Team Ash”, but Puck is dear to me as well. And I absolutely love the cover for this installment that features both of them!
The Iron Knight brought on some new- very unlikely and shocking- characters. It was a great journey full of laughs and tears. I don’t want to go into too much detail for fear of spoilers. Let’s just say that if you have read this series, you will not be disappointed in this one at all. I absolutely loved Ash’s POV. The romance was enchanting. The writing was elegant and beautiful.
I could get lost in the world of Nevernever constantly. The Iron Fey series will most definitely be one I reread over and over. A top five favorite. The hardcopy will be purchased come release date to complete my series and proudly displayed in full on my shelf.
If you haven’t yet read this series, read it! It’s an incredible journey that I‘m sure you won‘t regret!