I enjoyed Ravenstoke much more than I did Winterborne. I had a big issue with Loie in the first becauseOriginally posted on At Home Between the Pages
I enjoyed Ravenstoke much more than I did Winterborne. I had a big issue with Loie in the first because of her lack of confidence in herself and how she always felt that she was second best to Mia. But she is a stronger character in this second instalment of the Universe Unbound series, and it was great to see her coming into herself.
In Ravenstoke, Andreas is training Loie to control her newfound powers, and also teaching her about Universals and Ancients. When he leaves for England for an undetermined amount of time, Loie is concerned about her training. She’s not too impressed when she meets Cain (pronounced KEEN) and he takes over her training. On top of that, Mia signs them up for Drama club so they can take a trip with the group over to London to find Andreas. And the icing on the cake is that Mr. Winterborne wants to play a bigger role in Loie’s life, which only makes her more upset with him.
I really need to address the matter of Cain. I seriously love him. Even when I hated him or wasn’t sure about him, I still really loved him. And I think he and Loie are great for one another, mostly because she doesn’t take his bull and he puts up with her stubbornness. He was a great trainer, too, because he didn’t hold Loie back like Andreas seemed to. Regardless of what we learn about him, I still think his part in this story was so important for the growth of Loie as a character.
We got to visit more than just Salcey Ridge in this book. Loie and Mia jet off to London and then we also see some of the Welsh countryside, and we also get a glimpse at where Mr. Winterborne’s been hiding, in Sanctuary. I think it gave the story depth to see more than just their small town.
I wasn’t sure about reading Ravenstoke because I wasn’t crazy about Winterborne, but I’m really glad I read it. It really was better than the first. And I will definitely be looking forward to the next book, and getting more information about it!...more
I fell in love with Tahereh’s writing within the first few pages. She so clearly expresses Juliette’s thOriginally posted on At Home Between the Pages
I fell in love with Tahereh’s writing within the first few pages. She so clearly expresses Juliette’s thoughts and torments. Her descriptions are magical. The emotions flows so strongly from the words on the page. I would compare her writing to the style of Maggie Stiefvater, which, if you know me, is probably one of the best things I can say about an author. I was entranced, I was invested, I was Tahereh’s from beginning to end. And she did not disappoint.
Juliette’s story is so heartbreaking and so convoluted. When we meet her, she’s a broken girl, not having talked to anyone, touched anyone, seen anyone in roughly 9 months. But when Adam is deposited in her cell room, everything changes. Soon, Juliette is taken to a compound where Warner, a leader in The Reestablishment, wants to win her affection and partnership. He is obsessed with her and craves having her as a weapon for The Reestablishment. Here, Juliette has to face more terrors than the solitude and nightmares of her time at the “mental institution.”
The development of Juliette as a person is phenomenal. She changes so much throughout the novel. She goes from a near-insane person who fears herself and her life, to someone so much stronger, much more confident; someone prepared to meet the world head on. No spoilers, so that’s all I can say. But I love her to death. She’s one of my favourite characters ever, and I think it’s amazing that her mind, and her transformation, can be conveyed so clearly through writing.
The other characters are fantastically written as well. For example: Warner. I hate Warner. I think he’s a poor excuse for a man. I think he’s vile and twisted. I don’t understand how anyone could ever be “Team Warner.” It’s morally wrong in my books. Adam on the other hand… well I have to admit I get flutters in my tummy thinking about him. He’s sexy and mysterious and vulnerable, and just so fantastic overall. I can’t wait for you to read this book so you can discover him for yourself.
I’m so excited for the next book in this series. The sad part is that we have to wait until February 2013 to read Unravel Me. But seriously, if you haven’t read this book yet, get to it ASAP. It’s fantastic. Fantastic writing, fantastic characters, fantastic fantastic fantastic! A new favourite....more
Anyone who tries to get between me and an angel book better be careful. I devour them like nobody’s busiOriginally posted on At Home Between the Pages
Anyone who tries to get between me and an angel book better be careful. I devour them like nobody’s business. As soon as I started reading Ember, I couldn’t stop. The characters drew me right in. So did all of the questions that are brought to light within the first few chapters. I had to read more to figure out what was going on and what kind of situation Candra was stuck in.
I got the feeling from the synopsis that there would be a love triangle, but not like the one I got. Candra’s relationship with Sebastian was... difficult to say the least. And what goes on between Candra and Draven... I don’t really know what to call it or say about it. It’s odd and complicated. But Sebastian is my guy for sure. It was a bit hard equating Sebastian’s thoughts and feelings. He’s not supposed to like Candra for what she is, but he’s trying to protect her. He knows he feels something more, but tries to deny it. It was so frustrating knowing that he cared about Candra, but was trying so hard to avoid his feelings. He was a jerk a lot of the time because of this. And very hot-and-cold. Sometimes it was so quick I felt like I was getting whiplash, and I know Candra felt the same way. He is a very complex character with lots of layers.
It was really interesting seeing Candra slowly learn about who she is and who Sebastian, Lofi, and Brie are. It was confusing at some points, where I felt there were gaps in the story or that I’d missed something. I actually skipped back a couple of times to see if I’d forgotten something I’d read because I was confused, but only realized that it hadn’t really been explained at all. Eventually, these gaps were closed in later or by method of deduction on my part. So I feel like there were some continuity issues that could have been better handled.
Ember is another great angel story to add to the list. I can’t seem to get enough of angel stories. Although it is comparable to some stories purely because of the angel lore, it definitely stands on its own as a strong story with great characters. Aside from the continuity issues, this is a fantastic novel that I’m super happy I got to review!
Thanks to Omnific Publishing for the ebook review copy!...more
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. What with Ash and Meghan being banished from the NeverneverOriginally posted on At Home Between the Pages
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. What with Ash and Meghan being banished from the Nevernever, I didn’t really know how there could be a Faery book without going into Faery. As it started, I was worried it was going to be boring and flat, but it wasn’t entirely like that.
Soon enough, Meghan’s life is threatened, so she and Ash have to find a safe place to hide out. To be honest, I didn’t find the first half of the book very exciting. They visit the oracle and eventually make their was to Leanansidhe’s where they hide out and Meghan learns to fight. There’s nothing that really seems to happen. That is, until knights of Summer and Winter come to offer Meghan a deal; one that will offer her a return to the Nevernever, but also threaten her life. Of course.
Once Meghan, Ash, and Puck are back in the Nevernever and on their quest, I really started enjoying the story. It was more exciting, daring, and adventurous. I feel like Meghan really grew into her own in this book. She became really strong, independent and more grown-up, in my eyes. I think her relationship with Ash fostered this a bit, too.
One thing that was good throughout the book was the dynamic between the characters. Puck and Ash were constantly at each others’ throats, bickering and throwing insults. It was actually really refreshing in this book. And there was always an awkward comfort between Ash and Meghan. By that, I mean they were comfortable with one another and happy to be together, but it was awkward because they were teetering on the edge of that next big step in the relationship.
I think I’m really going to enjoy The Iron Knight. The way that this book ended just sets everything up so well that I can’t help but be excited to read the final book in the series. I’m really looking forward to… well I can’t say specifics because I don’t want to spoil anything. But there are a couple story lines in the last book and I know they’ll both be awesome....more
This book starts out with Rylie hitch-hiking her way to her aunt’s house where she will live, so she doeOriginally posted on At Home Between the Pages
This book starts out with Rylie hitch-hiking her way to her aunt’s house where she will live, so she doesn’t have to worry about the wolf being stuck in a New York City apartment. Rylie is so very different now from the girl who was dropped off at summer camp three months prior. As can be expected, becoming a full-fledged werewolf has changed her in more ways than one. She’s tougher now, and she has ridiculous moods swings when the moons come. I can’t imagine what it was like for her to go through all of it alone.
One aspect of this book that I absolutely loved, was that we got more of a glimpse of Seth’s life in this one. We see his family, what kind of household he grew up in, even his ambitions for the future. I really like Seth as a character. He’s so conflicted between his loyalty to his family and his feelings for Rylie. I could really feel his pain as a reader, and I think that’s essential.
There were some great new characters in this book, from Seth’s brother Abel to Rylie’s new friend Tate. Even Seth’s mother Eleanor was interesting, but you have to discover her for yourself. Definitely not the typical mother figure. I like how Reine doesn’t take the safe road all the time when it comes to her characters. For example, Tate is a user and seller of marijuana. Personally, I don’t often see illegal drugs in YA fiction, as if authors are afraid to tackle such a taboo topic. But not Reine. She just puts it out there and it’s no big deal, which is great.
This book was definitely an emotional ride for Rylie and Seth, both individually and together. Along with that, there was a great deal of action. Just like the last book, Reine’s writing shines when she describes the change and during those intense fight scenes. Seriously, there’s one part that had me cringing in pain because of how well she described it... It still hurts to think about it.
A quick read that you can’t put down, ALL HALLOWS’ MOON is a great follow up to Reine’s wonderful debut! I can’t wait to see where she takes it next! ...more
Pietr and Jess are one of my favourite YA couples. I like how their relationship started out fairly normOriginally posted on At Home Between the Pages
Pietr and Jess are one of my favourite YA couples. I like how their relationship started out fairly normal (with the exception of the werewolf thing). What I mean is that they started more as friends, and then took it further, before eventually falling in love. And in Bargains and Betrayals, their relationship is tested more than ever. This time it’s not just a friend getting in the way. It’s the CIA and the Mafia. And time itself.
This book picks up right where Secrets and Shadows left off, actually reiterating that last scene in 3rd person narrative. It was a great refresher of the cliffhanger ending, but also gave us more insight and dialogue than we had from Jessie’s point of view. After that prologue, we get the first glimpse of what’s going on in Alexi’s head, as he’s a new narrator in the story. This was a great idea on Shannon’s part, especially because Jessie’s locked away in the mental hospital. It allows us not only to get to know Alexi as a character, but to see what’s going on outside of Pecan Place. We are able to keep some track on what Pietr is doing to rescue both his mother and Jess. Meanwhile, Jess is piecing together information on Pecan Place and those who run it. And finding out that there is something seriously wrong with that place.
I love this book the most out of the three in the series that I’ve read so far. There’s so much mystery and conspiracy that it really kept me reading. And the setting changed a lot between Alexi and Jessie’s narratives, which I like. It keeps the pace of the story moving. I also loved how Jess and Pietr were finally officially together and didn’t have to hide their feelings anymore. Even though they weren’t literally together for a while, they were still able to be open and loving, just the way I’ve been waiting for them to be for so long! And then there's the sexual tension in this book... *fans self*. HOT! I loved it all!
I have book 4, Destiny and Deception sitting on my shelf and I don’t think I’ll wait too long before reading it. I can’t keep myself away from Jess and Pietr for too long....more