TWENTY-EIGHT WELL? WHAT COULD I SAY? I said, "Yes."
(No 28 was my favourite chapter, because, with so few words, it conveyed so much emotio...moreMy Rating: 3.5
TWENTY-EIGHT WELL? WHAT COULD I SAY? I said, "Yes."
(No 28 was my favourite chapter, because, with so few words, it conveyed so much emotion that I felt like I would burst.)
Despite the gorgeous cover and the super-sweet love story, Die for Me was a bit on the meh side.
I liked the setting (the use of French words and names added a touch of elegance and romanticism to the story), I didn't mind the protagonist, Kate, and I absolutely loved Vincent, though not as much as I did Jules. (view spoiler)[BTW, do I detect the possibility of a love triangle between Vincent, Kate and Jules? Jules's love seems a more brotherly one, but, you know, you never know :) (hide spoiler)]
That considered, the plot was flat and uneventful for most of the book and I was expecting a little more of action and world building, while the story concentred more on Vincent and Kate's relationship. The concept of the revenants was rather interesting, though, and I'm eager to discover more about their history.
I hope in the next installments we'll get to know more about the secondary character and Vincent as well and that we'll see a serious development in the main characters' relationship. Also, I'd like the author to focus on the battle between revenants and numas, because I think it wasn't developed enough.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger.
And he expected me to love him.
This is my story. A letter from nowhere.
Stolen is one of those books that are bound to leave a mark in our minds. That make you question your own morals and beliefs. And most of all, that make you cry like you never did.
I don't know what first captured me about this book, if it was the cover, the unusual yet intriguing plot, or the fact that the book was a letter. The point is, at the end of the book I was left with an unexplainable void inside my chest that got me thinking.
Ever wonder how it would be to leave everything and everyone and run away to some remote, untraceable place? To never have to think about work, school, family, troubles and so on? To never hear the traffic of the city again? I did. Many times. (And the fact that I often thought of the Australian desert as my personal remote, untraceable place gave me the creeps, but still.) So I totally got Ty's feelings. His reasons, too. I'm not trying to justify his actions - kidnapping is a bad, bad thing, no matter how you look at it - but his frailty and his gentleness towards Gemma made me immediately fall for him. His need for freedom, from modern world, from modern people's mentality, reminds me a lot of the person I wanted to become when I was a little, blissfully ignorant child. And his fits of rage ans his almost-craziness...what can I say, I have a thing for psychos.
I liked Gemma too, although some of her actions left me skeptic (or very mad, if she was being particularly mean to Ty. What can I say? I loved that guy.) Her pain and fear, though, were things beyond my comprehension. Being kidnapped isn't something I had to endure (thank God), so an abducted girl's feeling aren't exactly in my range of knowledge.
And although I personally didn't agree with Gemma's last decision, I had to be realistic: a kidnapped girl, no matter how kind the kidnapper is and her feelings for him, is still a kidnapped girl. So she did what she had to do and she was strong enough to go on with her old, or maybe a new, life. And to forgive him for everything wrong he did.
PS: thank you, sis, for this wonderful Christmas present :)(less)
Given the amount of people that have read/will read this book and therefore the gazillion reviews that have been written/will be written, I'll keep this short.
I was disappointed with City of Fallen Angels. I loved Clare's last book, City of Glass, and I'd hoped that this book would be at least as good as that one.
It wasn't. It started off slowly, with an irritating OOC Simon, and just when things were getting interesting (and Jace and Clary were getting hot and heavy), the book went...dull.
The characters were annoying, flat and overly clichéd - and can someone explain to me why did everybody had to end up with somebody else? I get that love is the strongest thing and all, but seriously, I thought I was talking with a dating agency.
And what about Alec and Magnus? They did that little cameo at the end of the book, they fought and fought and then it was all over. I believe they're the cutest couple ever and their absence just had me loathing the author for (a little more than) a while.
I also missed Jace and Clary's relationship as it was in the first three installments. It just felt so real there, whereas it couldn't even be called a relationship in CoFA, they were either avoiding each other or hooking up.
One of the biggest flaws? Sebastian. He was dead. D-E-A-D. Morto. Kaputt. I didn't want to hear anything more about him, and here I'm stuck with him for at least two other books. Also, the whole plot wasn't that good. It felt like it had lots of holes and imperfections, and my mood couldn't forgive that.
The only positive thing was Isabelle: I liked how her character is evolving and I hope the author won't make a mess with her too.
I'm still hoping for the next book to be amazing and absolutely mind-blowing, but I'll try my hardest to keep my hopes low.
Update 06/14: If I have to be sincere, this book (in my humble opinion, of course) doesn't deserve three stars, simply because it felt like the author wrote this book just because she was sure a lot of people were going to buy it. So, even though it was ok, or, well, meh, I could honestly say that my actual rating is 2 stars.
Deception was a fast, intense read that could have been better, especially in the romance department. I would have liked a mo...moreRating Clarification: 3.5
Deception was a fast, intense read that could have been better, especially in the romance department. I would have liked a more solid relationship between Emma and Bennett, and Emma dating Colin felt weird, and Colin's death plain wrong.
Besides its flaws, the book was rather enjoyable, and the paranormal world was very interesting: I liked the ghosts as well as the ghostkeepers, and I can't wait to find out more about the original Emma Vaile and Bennet Stern.
Deception ended with a pretty good cliffie - the mysterious postcard from Emma's mother. It was all I needed to make me want to read the next installment in the series!(less)
Yess! Just got this in my mailbox. ♥ The cover is amazing.
My eyes were broken and my brain was too. My heart had been left for dead on the carpet. My fee...moreYess! Just got this in my mailbox. ♥ The cover is amazing.
My eyes were broken and my brain was too. My heart had been left for dead on the carpet. My feet were running faster faster FASTER.
Rating Clarification: 4.5 My Review: The beginning of this book annoyed me so much I just wanted to throw it against the wall over and over. I just couldn't believe that I was reading a book so similar to Stolen: A letter to my captor, which I've recently read and totally loved. There were a lot of similarities, first of all the heroine being kidnapped by a mysterious, hot guy. Grace and Gemma's behaviour before their kidnapping was almost the same, as well as their parents' presence.
I was so disappointed because I had such high expectations and it looked like I was going to read just a bad copy of another book. I kept reading, though, and was I glad I did.
After the first thirty pages, Grace's life started taking some interesting twists and my mind was captivated by the heroine's strong feelings. The writing was unbelievably good, the words flowing under my tired eyes and I could almost hear Grace's voice in my head. Her character, so strong and fragile at the same time, was able to touch my heart (and my literary taste, too) and her story, from his father's suicide, to her mother's apparent indifference, to her best friend's pregnancy, was so filled with emotion that I found myself dreading the end of the book for the fear the words I'd read wouldn't be enough to satisfy my hunger.
Whereas at first I was surprise and a little disappointed by the lack of Ethan's presence, I soon understood that the captivity part was not important: it was just a different way to tell Grace's story.
The heroine's relationship with Nat was nice and sweet at first, he was such a caring and thoughtful boyfriend. After a while, though, it started to feel wrong of them to be together, especially after Nat and Sal meet for the first (well, not really the first) time. Grace didn't notice a thing, no matter how hard Devon tried to make her understand.
The conclusion left me speechless. I had never, ever read pure pain described in such a wonderful, realistic, distressing way. I had trouble breathing, I felt like it was my heart that was being left for dead on the carpet. And then her numbness, the numbness that along with the sorrow lead her to commit one final act: (view spoiler)[she tries to kill herself, cutting her arms as any other time, just a bit deeper, just a bit longer. (hide spoiler)]
And everything suddenly makes sense, from Grace's white room, to Ethan's gentleness, to the pages and pages of words she keeps writing.
At the very last page, Grace finally understands that her life is worth living and makes herself a promise, that she'll keep fighting for her mother, for Devon, for herself.
I won't give up. I will never give up.
(view spoiler)[Just a couple of words: Nat and Sal's affair was kind of predictable, I guess, but their selfishness still surprised me. I know they were kids, but I would have liked a better excuse. Devon, although he appears only in few pages, struck me as the sweet, shy, honest kind of guy and I liked him straight away. His decision to betray her brother for Grace's sake was probably one of the most moving parts in the book. I'd have liked to see more of him. (hide spoiler)]
The cover is mesmerizing. Seriously, every time I see it I can't help but staring at the book for at least five minutes. :D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Given that I wrote a review for this book twice and that I unfortunately deleted it - twice - and I'm not really in the mood to do it a third time, I'...moreGiven that I wrote a review for this book twice and that I unfortunately deleted it - twice - and I'm not really in the mood to do it a third time, I'll keep this short.
Although this book wasn't as good as the first ones, I really, really liked it, even more than Lover Avenged and Lover Mine.
Payne and Manny were a nice couple and even though the author didn't explore their relationship as the other ones, I still liked the romance, and man, was he hot.
The Vishous-Butch-Jane storyline was far more interesting and it left me pretty satisfied.
And what about Qhuinn and Blay? I love them. Seriously, Z&Bella and Rhage&Mary aside, they're my favourite couple in the series, and I think their love story is by far one of the most heartbreaking. I really hope they get their own book.
Now. Dear Mrs. Ward. Would you care to explain me WTF was that vision about Qhuinn and Layla? Are you freaking insane?! I almost had a heart attack. So please, no more of that. Thank you.
Rating: Not a whole four, but the series is so great you can consider it a four :)
I must admit I wasn't excited for this book as much as I was for Gho...moreRating: Not a whole four, but the series is so great you can consider it a four :)
I must admit I wasn't excited for this book as much as I was for Ghost Town and it was better that way, since I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted.
I liked, a lot, but there just was something off for me...I don't know, maybe it was because of what happened Shane (who read the book knows what I'm talking about) or more probably because of Michael (he just felt weird to me, for the whole book) or it could have been because the plot wasn't one of Ms Caine's best.
I loved the mini-chapters from Shane's POV, they felt so real, and I think the author did a wonderful job with him and his rage, even though it hurt seeing him like that.
I'm disappointed by the lack of Oliver and Amelie (I so like those two, I really hope to get more of them in Last Breath, and I also wouldn't mind a little bit of romance :D) and by the fact that the book was solely focused on the fights problem.
Myrnin is so hilarious I would kill to have a personal one :D but I'm worried about the direction Shane's "jelousy" is taking. I don't want to see either of them hurt - but in my opinion, Shane is right. Myrnin wants more from Claire than her brain. If it's her blood or her heart (or, erm, something a little more private) I don't know, but there's definitely more to the topic.
I'm proud of Claire's final decision, I think it shows how much she grew up from the first book. It was too bad that there was little romance, I so love her and Shane as a couple, but I still count on the next installment.
Last Breath is out in November! Can't wait. I'm so sad the series is going to end soon :( but well, I can still re-read it all. But I'll still miss Shanethem all Shane a hell of a lot!(less)