**spoiler alert** Resurrection immediately picks up from where Survival left and it’s just plain suspense and curiosity that will keep you reading and...more**spoiler alert** Resurrection immediately picks up from where Survival left and it’s just plain suspense and curiosity that will keep you reading and reading.
Resurrection is about Maddie and Rayn but with more depth. Yep, I said it – more depth! As I discussed in my review of Survival, what I didn’t like was the lack of a story per se. It was like a “get-to-know-the-characters” book instead of an actual story itself but Resurrection redeems for the series. Woohooo! I know that getting to know a character was a good thing but it came off as information dump rather than a coherent story. Anyway, Maddie and Rayn are faced with circumstances that isn’t looking good for their relationship – it seems that they need a miracle – and miracle indeed.
Okay so as I said there was more story in Resurrection and we get to learn more about Vesturon and Rayn’s family.
Although there are great things about Resurrection, there are also a few details that needed ironing.
The repetitive style was still there BUT very VERY minimal – I am doing a happy dance right now.
Conflict was a bit rushed. It would have been great if the author played with the conspiracy theory more. I just realized that what I hated most about Survival and Resurrection is Madie and Rayn. It’s their uber mushiness and over the top flaunting of affection that comes out too strong for my liking. I HATE insta-love and because of that their love left a bitter taste in my tongue.
Emphasis on Madie here – she’s just too focused on herself in spite the attention and leeway that other people are giving her. An in addition, Madie was a clutz in Survival and even in Resurrection but when she learned she was Vesturian and had powers, she changed instantly. This didn’t fit well with me, I would have appreciated if the changed took time. She already had Vesturian blood even in Earth, but she was a magnet for disaster but in Vesturion it all changed. Timing was all it needed.
And oh, again with the Sharbabble, LET.IT.GO!
What I did love
It wasn’t just focus on Madie and Rayn anymore. It was more about their family, Vesturon, and other important things.
It was less word play than the first book which helped quicken the pace. The redundancy and repetition of dialogues was lesser as well which I appreciate so much!
It had more action scenes and development. In spite the fact that Hargrove wrote very flourished dialogues, I loved how descriptive she is with everything. Made it easier to imagine the complicated world and life in Vesturon. Resurrection should be read after Survival – although Resurrection will give you a history of what Survival was about, it can still be very tricky to read Resurrection without reading the first book.
To wrap it up, Resurrection definitely saved me and changed my opinion of the series so far. Now I can definitely say that I am excited to read Determinant which is book 3 of the series.(less)
I just literally finished reading Roots of Insight a few minutes ago and I need a moment to...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
I just literally finished reading Roots of Insight a few minutes ago and I need a moment to compose myself and savor the awesomeness I just experienced. Gaaaah! That was amazingly gooood and addictive.
Roots of Insight picked up from where Seeds of Discovery left off. Quinn is back in the real world and things are kind of crazy on her end of the stick. She's having issues adjusting and balancing her real life. Sneaking around and lying to her friends and family is what Quinn didn't think off when she was in Eirentheos but in order to enjoy both worlds, she has to. With the recent developments, how will Quinn explain where she's gone to or with whom if she can't tell anybody what is really happening to her.
I just love how the story is going so far. It was thrilling to read the development with Eirentheos and the people involve with regards to the ensuing disagreements between two kingdoms. I get to read more additional characters to the story who adds a whole new possibility for the story. From reading Seeds of Discovery, I was expecting the drama but I wasn't expecting this much and that just made my reading Roots of Insight more enjoyable.
I now see that this story has more depth into it. There's still a lot to know and learn with the world as well as the characters. I love Quinn to bits and I will continue to root for her until the ends. With regards to love interests, that is getting more and more complicated by the second, I don't know who to choose. I don't enjoy multiple love interest for the reason that some authors tend to get overboard or not do it "right", if there's a right way of doing it that is, but with Roots of Insight I wasn't minding it too much since the author didn't revolve the story with love. I am still with Thomas on this one though. There's really no spark with Quinn and the other guy for me. I can't picture them together as a couple. With Zander, he's a great dude all romantic and gentlemanly and stuff but again, no spark in the relationship department. With Thomas though, there's no spark but electricity. Well that's just me. Okay I just rambled, back to the review.
As I said the recent developments was definitely a treat to the readers. I love where Puttroff is going so far and I can't wait to read book 3. Actually with the cliffhanger ending, I wanted to read book 3 right there and then but I still don't have a copy (boo!). Yes, the ending does end with a cliffhanger but I tell you it was a good tasting cliffhanger that will make you want to read the next installment right after. I can't wait to get a chance to read what will happen next. Final rate and conviction is that Roots of Insight did surpass my expectations compared to Seeds of Discovery. No doubt about that!(less)
What I love about this book was the fast paced story telling that Hamilton is very good at. With Anita balancing every aspect of her life, she encount...moreWhat I love about this book was the fast paced story telling that Hamilton is very good at. With Anita balancing every aspect of her life, she encounters new problems everyday making her life more complicated yet intriguing.
With multiple problems that Anita is juggling, she still succeeds in protecting and helping her friends as well as allies in a battle between domination and power both in the shape-shifter's side and the vampires. As always, Anita never seems to fail anybody and still demands more from herself to prove her worth to everybody yet still maintains the vulnerable side of her life exposed to others.
Vampire council + conflict between prides and clan + murder scenes + love conflicts = Brunt Offerings. With all that action and drama, you can never have a dull moment reading through 400 pages of Burnt Offerings.Laurell K. Hamilton(less)
To start, I’m not really a fan of non fiction and to be honest with you guys what piqued my curiosity was not the story itself but the hype and buzz o...moreTo start, I’m not really a fan of non fiction and to be honest with you guys what piqued my curiosity was not the story itself but the hype and buzz of the book that readers shared in addition to watching the film. If I read this book sooner, I would have related to it completely though I was not married, there were moments in my life last year and years before that when I was unhappy, unbalanced and desperate for answers to questions that I myself didn’t want to ask but enough about me.
So Eat, Pray, Love tells us the story of Liz and her venture to find peace, contentment and balance with her life – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Taking a year long vacation to visit Italy, India and Bali; Liz endured an endless journey of discovery and lessons that both enlightened her and frightened her at the same time. For me, this book was a roller coster ride. There were times that I loved it, and there were times that I hated it. It is Gilbert’s story and some may relate, most may hate but I for one is staying in the middle. As I said, there are times that I love it and there are times that I hate it.
It’s just wonderful to read a story wherein a woman finds herself at a cross road of not knowing where to go but somehow seemed to find the right destination after a time of wandering. Her hunger for balance and spirituality is commendable and her bravery for writing a book about her journey was appreciated. It is not easy to be in her situation and be scrutinized by everybody for whatever reasons. For me, this story was great. An amazing journey to tell us that in spite of all our troubles, there will always be something great to look forward to in the end.(less)
Hannah Harrington will always be one of my auto-buy authors for the sole reason that she rocks. I have been...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Hannah Harrington will always be one of my auto-buy authors for the sole reason that she rocks. I have been enjoying her stories immensely and there has never been a case that she disappointed me to a point that I become skeptical whenever I see her name in a book. Hannah Harrington is awesome and she continues to wow me with her stories that just blow my mind.
Speechless is a very interesting story to start with. We become acquainted with Chelsea, our resident one girl gossip mill in her local high school. Like any normal teenager, Chelsea is self absorb, obsessed with shallowness and very reckless. She opens her mouth and spread whatever gossip she hears without any regard who’s it about or what will happen after. Chelsea doesn’t think twice as long as she stays in good graces with her popular best friend Kristen. One night everything changes. From being miss popular, she loses everything important to her even her freedom. Now she is taking a vow of silence, but until when?
Speechless is a straight cut story. A story about a girl who suffers the consequences of her carelessness and because of that takes a vow of silence. Chelsea eventually went from being the IT girl to being ridicules and bullied by peers. Chelsea is a very interesting character. We have seen a lot of “Chelsea” whether it be in books or movies but I love the fact that Chelsea Knot was written with visible flaws. She is insecure and she does feel inferior especially when it comes to Kristen. Speechless is purely Chelsea’s POV. We’ll see everything through Chelsea’s eyes – it is her journey from being capital bit*h to someone who understands that a pebble can become a boulder in mere seconds. Capital bit*ch she maybe but Chelsea Knot proves that anybody can redeem themselves given time and chance.
but when I said I have something to prove, I didn’t mean only to the kids at school. I have something to prove to myself. That I’m not who everyone thinks I am. That I can stick to this.
Supporting characters accompanying Chelsea were amazing as well. Although the cliche underdogs, the people she became friends were one of the biggest factors for her change to become effective and worth it. Chelsea saw the other side and the receiving end of all the crap she used to do and that gave her the understanding that everything a person does or say matters to somebody no matter how small it is.
Speechless is deep. It contains and talks about LGBT, bullying, discrimination, etc. LGBT is hard to work with – there are only a few authors who can do a good job and deliver a clear message. We all know that LGBT centered in a HS setting will always have discrimination and bullying to boot and just thinking about it makes me queasy and nervous at the same time. I was nervous at how Harrington will pull this off but she did it with flying colors. This is a book that everyone can relate to. Another great book if you have a pre-teen or a teenager in the household.
and it reminds me that my mistake was not in speaking out. No, my mistake was staying silent for too long.
Emma Jones was destined to be a dragon slayer until the day she was assigned to be a fairy slayer. A fairy slayer – imagine the shock of Emma upon hea...moreEmma Jones was destined to be a dragon slayer until the day she was assigned to be a fairy slayer. A fairy slayer – imagine the shock of Emma upon hearing the news.
Fairy Bad Day was a refreshing read. It is a good stand alone book that is both unique and appealing with both the characters and world building. The characters were ok – but at first I really didn’t like Emma with all her anger, stubborness and immaturity towards her “destiny” but eventually the character pulled through. She did save the academy and all. The pacing was steady – it wasn’t slow or dragging. I’d like to point out a few details though. First is the fact that the novel lacked in the back story department. Ashby didn’t provide us with a solid history to go on. That’s where Fairy Bad Day was lacking. I mean, granted that Ashby gave us an idea of Emma’s world but it was insufficient leaving the reader with holes regarding the story. Second, is the romance. I can do without the romance and to be honest the story didn’t need that at all.
This is a decent book. It wasn’t predictable, it wasn’t boring and it was a quick read however it wasn’t great. At the end of the story, a few will have questions or rather expectations that weren’t met but I can definitely say it’s very enjoyable. It was both entertaining and exciting. I wasn’t disappointed, I just expected more giving this book 3 starts on my list.(less)
Hunger has tickled my imagination when I first saw the cover. Reading what the book is about, I became fascinated and asked for an ARC of the book. Th...moreHunger has tickled my imagination when I first saw the cover. Reading what the book is about, I became fascinated and asked for an ARC of the book. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse was something I was interested in reading and thus my choice in choosing the book, but Kessler gave a different twist to an interesting topic. Collaborating the mystical elements of fictional character to a real problem that girls encounter everyday, Hunger is a great book to impart to young adults. It is an unconventional read that you can give your child who is sensitive about eating disorders. At first the book is blunt about the topic of eating disorder but throughout the book, you can sense the message of what Kessler wants to impart to her readers. What I don't like about the book is the fact that it is a short read, under 200 pages. I wanted to read more history about the stories behind each character in the book. I wanted more of the mythology and fantasy injected in the book. All in all, Hunger can be a great read. As I said, it tackles a sensitive problem that most people don't want to talk about but Kessler imparted her message in a subtle manner with a little humor on the side. And throughout the book, well imagine Kurt Cobain as death. Great read and a must-buy book.Jackie Kessler(less)
A world where aliens are real and the life of millions lies in the hands of a group called CH...moreThis review is originally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
A world where aliens are real and the life of millions lies in the hands of a group called CHAOS. Chaos’ only role is to stop human extinction from happening.
The story is basically about Earth attempted to be dominated and taken over by an alien race called the Thule. Because of this crisis, CHAOS or The Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural was formed to maintain peace on Earth. You couldn’t just apply to be an agent, selection is strict and tedious and only the best becomes one. Sam has a chance to be an agent but will he make the cut?
Sam is our lead character in Invasion and he just turned 16. He’s a geek who enjoys video games, reading comics, surfing and hanging out with friends. There nothing exceptional with Sam on the outside but apparently, life is more complicated than what he believes and secrets will eventually be uncovered. Everything changes when his parents die and he uncovers secrets that will literally change his life.
I like Sam’s character. He is such a kid but you know he’s smart and mature. He’s very daring and brave too but at the end of the day, there’s no changing the fact that Sam is only 16. He has his limitations.
There’s much to learn about his life and what is expected of him. But so far, I like him. I see a lot of potential in this kid. Then we have Oz and Danielle, Sam’s closest friends. The gym buff, Oz, is actually the son of the director in CHAOS’. He’s very outgoing and has this in-you-face attitude but I consider it his charm. His flavor of humor can be a little harsh but as I said, it suits the character and that makes Oz’s character fun to read. He’s the type of friend you would want in a fight too. Very confident and dedicated but headstrong. Danielle on the other hand is Sam’s childhood friend. A video geek herself, Danielle’s ability lies with computers and hacking. What I felt lacking though was a little info on how this girl turned out the hacker she came to be. I felt that her character needed more than what was given for the reader to fully understand her whole persona but she’s definitely a strong secondary character too and an ass whooper.
These three characters has distinctive voices in the story and was given ample parts of the bigger picture. I’d say that they are written well yet needs more development. Well this is the first book so I am expecting more from these three in Alienation which is book 2.
Pacing, story line and world building was very good I’d say. Lewis really does have a vivid imagination for creating such a lush and adventure worthy world for the readers to enjoy. It’s a mix of modernity and science fiction which makes it easy to understand. It is a world where some alien lifeforms in various selection co-mingle with humans against one sole purpose. I am not a science fiction nut and sometimes I hate reading about it but Lewis’ writing style eased up to a reluctant reader like myself which made my experience worth it. I love the descriptiveness of Invasion and that helped in getting me on board with the whole story. Pacing was slow at first but immediately picked up and was way smoother than I expected.
Overall, Invasion is definitely a treat worth the praise. Packed with blazing action scenes, Lewis does have the talent to catch a readers attention. My feelings for Invasion was unexpected and I am ready for more of Sam, Oz and Dani against these icky and creepy aliens who kills everything on its path. Exciting, no? Now I am want more. (less)
This is my first Gaiman book and I’ll be honest that reading the first few pages of the book was very confusing on my part. I sometimes think that it...moreThis is my first Gaiman book and I’ll be honest that reading the first few pages of the book was very confusing on my part. I sometimes think that it is this story then realize that it is another thing entirely until further reading the book jogged my senses and made me realize that this book doesn’t only talk about a particular story but a number. It’s really hard to adjust to Gaiman’s writing style but it was worth it.
This book talks about old gods vs new gods, the progressive world that we live in and how we cope and adapt, it talks about heavily in mythology – the fact that Gaiman is such a talented writer made this book awesome. There is a lot to take it since the story goes back and forth from present to past. It was not a quick read on my part. It actually took me days to finish this book but time invested was worth it. I had a lot of AHA moments and after I finished reading the book – I definitely decided that I need to read more of Gaiman’s work. Will not write anything to give the story away, I believe that you have to read the book to really appreciate it and understand peoples opionion of whether liking it or hating it. I agree to most that this book is not for everyone, some may hate it – more may love it but not everyone can enjoy it. My only question is, did I made the right decision to read this book first than his other novels?(less)
This book was given to me and I love it though I don't know what my exact thoughts are on the main characters are. Initially I didn't know that this b...moreThis book was given to me and I love it though I don't know what my exact thoughts are on the main characters are. Initially I didn't know that this book was part of a series, which most of you know that I am a super die hard lover of book series. When I read various reviews over at Amazon, I've got mixed reviews. Most of them suggested that if reading a book from this series is your first time, stay away from The Mephisto Club. I should have trusted those suggestions, but this book was a gift so I read it.
Reading the book was a-ok. It was not boring. The story kept me guessing throughout the book which I super love. The main characters are so so. I don't love them but I don't also hate them. I just feel that they are not my cup of tea. I don't super love the book unlike the Scarpetta series or the Hardy series but it was intriguing enough that I want to read the first few books of the series. After that I'll decide if the series is worth my reading time. Tess Gerritsen(less)
The story picks up from where My Soul to Lose left with Kaylee still unsure of why things are happening to her but she is certain that she is not craz...moreThe story picks up from where My Soul to Lose left with Kaylee still unsure of why things are happening to her but she is certain that she is not crazy. She eventually meets Nash, a hot jock who hasn’t laid eyes on her until the night in Taboo. The two hit off and eventually Kaylee learns things from Nash that helped her realized and understand her situation and everything goes on from there.
That’s mostly the gist of the book – this is the story where Kaylee learns more about her kind and what they are capable off. What I love most of Vincent’s writing is that it is very straight forward, entertaining and never straining. The story didn’t drag and it wasn’t boring – it was actually very addicting that I ended up finishing the book faster than I have expected.
There are two points that irked me though. One, is Kaylee. I mean yes she’s strong yet vulnerable, intelligent, beautiful BUT majority of her character dwells from having angst and being hard headed. She’s very stubborn and irritating. Second is the love that materialized between Nash and Kaylee, no brainer there – that just doesn’t work for me. Because of those two reasons, this book somehow levels with 4 stars ratings – 1 star short to making it to 5 stars on my list, sigh! But asides that everything was great. Awesome plot, great concept for a story, pacing and story telling was ok and the ending was unexpected – I am definitely hooked! Looking forward to the next book of the series.(less)
I’ve read Tempest immediately after I read Tomorrow is Today which was a short novella before this and to be...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
I’ve read Tempest immediately after I read Tomorrow is Today which was a short novella before this and to be honest, I can’t remember everything about Tomorrow is Today or my first reading of Tempest. That doesn’t sound good huh? Now, I needed to read Tempest again for a refresher because I’ll be reading and reviewing Vortex. Remembering and comparing bits and pieces of how I felt about Tempest before I can safely say my opinion did not change much. An OK yet very confusing read that is not recommended to everybody but will be enjoyed by some. Got it? Good, now let us dig deeper. :)
Tempest, or the series so far, is mainly about Jackson and his ability to time travel + he fights bad guys. That’s the gist and core of the story. I know it’s not only that but to simplify it that’s what you should expect. I am very picky with choosing books about time travelling because admit it, it can be very confusing if done wrong and I am not really into them. But I have read good ones so there’s no issue there. With regards to Tempest though I don’t love it to death but I did enjoy reading it enough to finish and be motivated to read Vortex to see what happens next – confusing no?
So let’s start with the characters. Jackson is a teenage boy who lately discovers that he can time travel. There’s nothing that jumps out besides the fact that he can time travel. Then we have his girlfriend named Holly. Again, a very flat character that does not stand out in the story. The two of them in a relationship did not do any good as well as I really didn’t connect with them in any way for a reason I’ll explain in a bit. The other characters in the story were very predictable besides the little girl from the future (who I forgot the name) and Jackson’s dead sister Courtney. Those ladies I would love to read if Cross explored them a little bit more rather than focusing on the romance of our main character.
So the main reason why I did not connect with Jackson or Holly is the fact that the story moved too fast. I felt that I have missed something. It is evident that Holly will eventually be shot and will die but that part was introduced too soon in the story that I did not have any feelings invested or whatsoever. Another factor why the relationship of Jackson and Holly didn’t work for me was because they were boring as individual character and more boring as a couple. In addition to that, I hate cheesy relationships when it is not needed and Tempest had that. I needed more time travelling than Jackson reminiscing future/past Holly.
Here’s a big downer in Tempest – the universe of Jackson and the laws of time travelling created by Cross is very confusing and undeveloped. I had a lot of questions that are left unanswered which made it more difficult to follow the story. Jackson jumps back and forth between past and present time lines but no matter how many times he jumps or whatever he does in the past does not affect the future whatsoever. How is that possible? Parallel universe is talked about but how does it relate to the story – it was never fully sorted out. Even when the characters are explaining half jump, full jump, or the effects or lack thereof of Jackson’s jumps was no help at all. A lot of reviewers explained this better than I am doing so I’ll stop here because this is becoming a rant.
Finally, we have the twist and the big ending. Twist about the dad and the story of his(Jackson) life was very predictable. Now he breaks up with Holly since she becomes a big target unless he does that – nothing new to that as well. There are signs that he’s going to be an agent to fight against EoT too! Ohh did I not discuss EoT? Well there’s nothing much to discuss really asides the fact that they are a group of time travelers who has a different agenda compared to Jacksons group. In short, the bad guys.
I hate rating books lower than 3 stars – there is so little time to waste over books that are not compelling or memorable but we can’t always win every battle right? I believe I would have loved Tempest if the story was more thought out in terms of explaining how exactly time traveling works in Cross’ universe and if the people in the story were written with more character. The romance didn’t help either. Tempest will most likely be loved by readers who devours stories about time travel but it wasn’t working for me.
Now I am very afraid with reading Vortex but I do hope that it gets better! Fingers crossed.(less)
When I saw the blurb of Right Side talking, I was intrigued right away. The story is about Anna who at age 15 is experiencing intractable epilepsy whi...moreWhen I saw the blurb of Right Side talking, I was intrigued right away. The story is about Anna who at age 15 is experiencing intractable epilepsy which makes her life somewhat a living hell. Her family then decides that she must undergo operation since every medication given to her seems not to be working. She undergoes surgery and the connection of the halves of her brain is taken out making her right side brain unaware of the left side. After her surgery, Anna's brain seems to be dominating each other making her actions contradictory. The left side of her brain can't see and her right side can't talk. As Anna becomes the only witness to a murder investigation, everybody seems to get confused and unaware including Anna and the killer might get away with the crime.
The books was exciting, fun and well research. Anna was a lovable character and you can feel sympathy for her condition but in spite the troubles Anna remains a strong character which everybody can admire. I can't imagine how a 15 year old girl can undergo such trauma and trouble not just with the murder but living her life after the surgery. While reading this novel, I keep on imagining an episode in House (House series, Hugh Laurie?). The supporting characters were also okay but I think needs a little development, same with Mischa. Another observation I have is the couple of errors in the eBook itself, a little editing would solve that. Asides these issues, the book is a great read.
Anybody who enjoys reading about mysteries, medical drama and mystery, family issues and health issues should read this book. It was a short but great read. It is a great book to read for passing time or when you are on travel.Right Side TalkingBonnie Rozanski(less)
This book may actually save the series! Yey! I actually loved this book. The series as I always rant about lost it's touch to a lot of it's followers....moreThis book may actually save the series! Yey! I actually loved this book. The series as I always rant about lost it's touch to a lot of it's followers. After the 7th book, the series went downhill. LKH lost character development, lost a good plot, lost it's story. But in my in my honest opinion, this book may do it. May save the series from, further bad reviews.
It's a joy that finally the characters are given what they always wanted in the first few books. Richard stop being whiny, Asher gains what he wants, Anita actually knows what she is doing as finally accepted that there's no turning back and a lot more infos that I don't want to discuss but I am happy to read. The main thing that I love about this book is the growing road to a battle/conflict/dilemma/problem (sorry for the lack of word to describe it) between Anita and the Mother of all Darkness. That's the part that I am leaning to! What will happen next. And because of this, my interest in the series is slowly coming back. If there will be more book going in this line, I'll definitely risk reading another book in the series.
So far it's looking good! I am hoping that LKH will continue with this path. Lessen character introduction and increase character improvement. Cut the unnecessary addition of people. Focus on a story and take her(LKH) time. If Hamilton listens to what her readers are saying, maybe her fans will love the series again. So here's to hoping. Do I recommend this book? Yes. But strong suggestion to read the first few books of the series because it will get too confusing if you don't.(less)
Life in Outer Space completely blew me away. It was not as I expected and to be honest I really thought this...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Life in Outer Space completely blew me away. It was not as I expected and to be honest I really thought this was a sci-fi story. A very misleading title indeed. In spite not being what I originally anticipated, it surpassed my expectation by a mile. The characters were amazing, the writing style was easy and light, the story was well written and the ending was just right. A perfect blend if you’re looking for a fun and quirky read.
Our main character Sam is a lovable and interesting young fella. A kid who loves to hang out with his friends, a little aloof and antisocial at times but enjoys a day that is somewhat monotonous filled with movies, eating and WoW. Sam is also an avid fan of horror films. I love the movie references in this book and it made me want to watch those movies again after I read this book. Sam is a complete geek and I love that about him. He has his own personality that reminds you how fun it is to be a kid.
Camilla is a sweet and adorable counterpart of Sam. Just as much lovable as Sam, Camilla is a big bubble of happiness. An easy outgoing girl, pretty and smart. A daughter of a well known journalist, Camilla knows what she’s worth to other kids but she doesn’t mind. She knows how to have fun regardless who’s she with. Her attitude with life is very refreshing too. Anyway, so Camilla transfers to Sam’s school and now both their life’s is transformed bit by bit reflecting a part of each others life as their friendship blooms. The chemistry between the main characters will put a smile to your face. Both Sam and Camilla are very easy to connect with which makes reading Life in Outer Space enjoyable.
Adrian, Mike and Allison make up Sam’s social circle until Camilla came. They are awesome secondary characters. They are a great group I might add. The cliche gay best friend is present in the story but Keil did something right here that made me look away from being irritated. Although the focus of the story is with Camilla and Sam, our secondary character are still given enough exposure to get us acquainted with the group. There wasn’t a shortage in dialogue which makes the three distinct, well developed and rounded characters.
Keil knows how to blend the right mix of characters with emotions that are spot on. Life in Outer Space is a book with overflowing geekiness and tons of movie reference that makes any nerd’s heart smile with joy. I know mine did. It is a hilarious and an easy going story that doesn’t need you to concentrate much on the detail. You just go with the flow, devouring each page at a time. All you need is time and by the end of the book, a smile is inevitable - guaranteed 100%. I highly recommend this story, pre-ordering a copy myself to add in my shelf of awesomeness. Tehee!(less)
I am actually lost with words on how to describe how beautifully and perfectly the series ended with The Iron Queen. Reading The Iron Queen actually g...moreI am actually lost with words on how to describe how beautifully and perfectly the series ended with The Iron Queen. Reading The Iron Queen actually gave me tears since one of my favorite series was ending but learning that Kagawa is adding another novel made my heart jump. The Iron Knight didn't just made me shed a tear or two, I felt an array of different emotions that made my experience reading the series worth remembering.
In The Iron Knight Ash, Puck, Grimalkin and The Big Bad Wolf embarked in a challenge to the end of the world for Ash's last quest and mission. The adventures isn't only dangerous, it is life changing for everybody in the journey. There were a lot of twist and memorable moments in the book. I felt despair and sadness, I had so much laugh with how hilarious this bunch can be in spite encountering dangerous mission, their undying camaraderie, I also felt love and being loved back from the characters - and a lot more. There were a lot of times that I held my breathe as I was consumed by the story. Thinking about it, it is actually hard to write a review that will give justice on this book.
The Iron Knight didn't disappoint, it actually exceeded my expectations! It was as spectacular as the first three books and boy did I enjoy every page of this novel. Fast paced and never a dull moment. You will definitely adore how Kagawa writes her stories, no wonder a lot of readers follow and fell in love with this series - including me. Julie Kagawa has introduced us with a series that is worth recommending, re-reading and remembering with the Iron Fey series. I am sad that the series is over but I am satisfied that there weren't loose ends and everything fitted perfectly and ended at the right time. The Iron Knight definitely deserves more than 5 stars!(less)
It has been too long of a wait in anticipated to this sequel. I can’t even remember Beth nor Isaiah from Pus...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
It has been too long of a wait in anticipated to this sequel. I can’t even remember Beth nor Isaiah from Pushing The Limits so I dived into the book blind. I knew it’s catered to the YA masses and young at heart so I had my expectations but I wasn’t expected what I felt after reading Dare You To.
To start off, I’d say that Dare You To is an emotionally surged novel between two teen on opposite end of the spectrum. We have the beloved jock and handsome boy named Ryan who has his life planned out for him. He’s the star of the baseball team, good looking and gentlemanly, white picket fence kind of life. Then we have Beth who is broken to the core, no friends per se, has neither ambition nor direction.
As I indicated above, it’s been a long time since I read Pushing The Limits so I can’t remember Beth nor Isaiah on this one so I don’t have any side. I am not pro anybody and I am reviewing this as a standalone. With that said, between Ryan and Isaiah I really felt that Ryan is a good match for Beth. We all know that Beth is troubled and damage and Ryan coming into her life made a change for the better comparing how her life was when she was with Isaiah. Though the focus may not be with Beth and Isaiah you can’t help but compare the two guys. I know ya’ll did. J
There’s no doubt that this book is as addictive as Pushing The Limits though I have to admit that there were times I felt that the emotion in the book was too much for me. The flaw against some of the characters was pilling up bordering to exaggeration but because I really wanted to finish the book I brushed pass those. It wouldn’t hurt if it was toned down though. It surpassed soap opera with all the drama by a mile so if you hate that, you know this is not for you.
Written in alternating POV, you’ll be sucked into the distressing yet interesting life of Ryan and Beth. I was sucked into the story the moment I saw the spark between these two. Their relationship isn’t perfect but they work for me. They complete each other like no one can and they are good with one another – like completing a puzzle. Oh, Echo and Noah fans would also love to know that we’ll see a glimpse of them here and there and yes, they are still happily and heads over heels in love with one another.
Pacing was incredibly fast and you’ll realize that you’re halfway through the story before lunch. Ending was as good as it can get and I admire how the author wrapped the story tightly. I highly recommend this book to almost anybody. Dare You To has proven to be a great story that written with flawed characters who you’ll end up loving. It is not only about love and romance but a journey between two souls in search for love and purpose. For Isaiah fan out there, it’s good to know that the next installment will focus on him so I guess it’ll be another year for that book but hopefully it’ll be as good as the first two. :) (less)
Anita is back and she is pissed! What way can the bad guys pissed this heroine? It's simple. Attack her love ones or pester her during times that her...moreAnita is back and she is pissed! What way can the bad guys pissed this heroine? It's simple. Attack her love ones or pester her during times that her people needs her.
Well this is what Marmee Noir did. Jason seeks Anita's help with his dying father. During this time, Marmee Noir somehow disconnects Anita's connection with Jean Claude which leaves him not knowing what is happening and Anita helpless even in her sleep.
The powerful mother vampire manipulated Anita and rolls her causing Anita to have sex yet to another wereanimal. Also in the book, Jason becomes Anita's wolf to call because Nathaniel became a part of her second triumvirate. A promotion, in a weird way. You should definitely need to read the previous books because it keeps on getting complicated even for readers like me that have re-read the series.
I also mentioned in my previous reviews that Anita's triumvirate with Jean Claude and Richard gained different powers right? Well it didn't stopped there. Anita gaining the ardeur from Jean Claude, Jean Claude gained Anita's stubbornness, Richard Anita's anger. This book tells us that Richard copes with his gaining Anita's anger but also gained a new power - the ardeur. This book, Hamilton gave me a new version of Richard. I can say better and more powerful which is a good thing.
To sum it up, Hamilton decided to make a 360 degrees turn and "improved" the book from the slump that it went after Blue Moon. I love how Danse Macabre changed the mood for me because I was seriously close to giving up on the series which I don't really do.
With exemption of the sexual parts of the book, which is a lot I might add so conservative readers might want to rethink reading this series, the book actually gave me the excitement I first felt reading the first few books of the series. I love the fast paced style of the series + Hamilton's way of graphically painting us the story of the characters. Good job for Hamilton on these three books.
When you become become sick and be in a come, you expect to die out of it right? Well Kate Edwards thought s...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
When you become become sick and be in a come, you expect to die out of it right? Well Kate Edwards thought she would but she woke up. But waking up gave her a gift. A gift to see glimpses in people’s past.
When Kate Edwards woke up, the first thing she did was to help the police find a missing boy through the use of her gift and it marked her as a looney. Life was never the same after that. She lost her friends and then her family saw her differently which resulted to Kate lying about her ability from then on until the day Jared Corbett visited her.
Kate Edwards was your typical snarky teen. She had a lot of attitude but in a right way. From what she endured out of her experience using her gift, she had the right to be defensive and guarded. Being different makes people uncomfortable because they don’t understand it. I love that she is independent and strong – someone who is not afraid to let people know what she thinks. I love her mother as well. Although you cannot fault her at first, the support she gave her daughter was very endearing. Jared was a great guy as well. He is a decent, swoon worthy type of male presence and the chemistry between Kate and him is evident. I won’t talk much about Kate and Jared as I don’t want to spoil thing but I have to say that I love them together.
For the first book in the series, I enjoyed this one. It didn’t give too much information away but it gave enough for us to understand what was going on the story. The progression of the story was very fast but it didn’t came off as rushed or anything. I love Wood’s writing style. Her characters are awesome and for me everything worked well together. I am looking forward to see what will happen next on the sequel so I am very excited on that one.(less)
Julie Kagawa did it again after great success with Iron Kind, Iron Daughter and Winter's Passage. The series keeps getting better and better. Kagawa i...moreJulie Kagawa did it again after great success with Iron Kind, Iron Daughter and Winter's Passage. The series keeps getting better and better. Kagawa is a fantastic writer who has given me a world full of magic and fantasy yet provided me with realistic characters that everybody loves to love or hate.
I have read both books 1 and 2 and enjoyed every page of the novels, Iron Queen is no exception. I read it in one sitting and I never regret the time I sat down to read this novel. The story continues with Meghan and Ash after they were exiled in Nevernever by both the Summer and Winter court. Each of the character grew throughout the story and I love them dearly. Meghan faced and challenged herself with her struggles to manage her powers but still do what is right continuing to be the most courageous and trustworthy female heroine there is. Ash is the knight and shinning armor that everybody wants to fall in love with. Every line were just amazing. His dedication and love for Meghan is what every female dreams of experiencing. Puck remains to be the loyal and forgiving best friend that he is through out the book. Grimalkin, my favorite wise cat, is simply awesome. I love how Kagawa made this character so funny, intellectual and playful. The supporting characters in the story also were great. I love how the story progress and it seems that it doesn't stop there. You have to read the book to know what I am talking about! :)
I am so looking forward to reading Iron Knight. :) This is one of the series that I love reading, proud owning and worth recommending. Asides from the battle scenes and slight violence, this book is for everybody. It would be advisable to read it in order and I promise you, it will all be worth it! The Iron QueenJulie Kagawa(less)
Who wouldn't want to be popular in high school? Who wouldn't want to be known and adored by the people around you? Who wouldn't want to the "the one"...moreWho wouldn't want to be popular in high school? Who wouldn't want to be known and adored by the people around you? Who wouldn't want to the "the one" that everyone envies and look up to?
Welcome to the world of Cara. Cara had the same desire, to be the Supreme Populazzi, or the "it girl" that people admire. She was at the bottom of the social ladder. And when her parents decided to move, this is Cara's chance to reinvent herself and try to be a populazzi which she never been in her previous school and her best friend Claudia has the perfect plan to achieve such goal.
With the plan in motion, Cara learns the ins and outs of what it takes to be on top. There are four types or climb to the Ladder. Happy Hopeless being the bottom part of the Ladder, followed by Cubby Crew. DangerZone comes next and then the top which is being the Populazzi. Being a Happy Hopeless, it takes a lot of steps to reach the top - Populazzi. Later on, Cara battles the conflicting issue she has with her goal of climbing the Ladder and if she really wants to pursue the steps needed to be on top.
What i love about the book was that it was an easy read. It was pacy and it was smoothly written that I enjoyed every page of the book. I read Populazzi in a single sitting and it captured the what I believe are the behind the curtain of of high school cliques - the good and the bad. It is a story that every teen can relate to. The story telling was flawless and each character was their own and very dynamic. Archer was adorable - your easy going guy, smart, good looking, passionate about his craft. Definitely swoon worthy if you ask me. Claudia on the other hand I had a love and hate relationship. I love how she is the loyal and ever supportive best friend but there are times that I just hate her for pushing Cara to the extreme, even up to the point that Cara was not comfortable anymore. Trista, Supreme Populazzi, was even relatable. She was your typical mean girl but through the book, I saw a softer side of Trista which I appreciated that Allen included. I even got excited when Robert came in, who wouldn't love a Star Wars geek quoting Yoda every time? The branding of each clique was brilliant, I actually enjoyed reading those parts. Although Cara's family was somewhat off for me, I though that it could really happen to some so I grew to loving that part as well. To sum up Populazzi, definitely a book worth recommending! Looking forward to what Allen can offer to her readers in the future.(less)
Maven is a middle aged woman who is very unlucky with her life. She has no job, nothing to family, no place to stay, nothing to make her life easy. Wi...moreMaven is a middle aged woman who is very unlucky with her life. She has no job, nothing to family, no place to stay, nothing to make her life easy. With no resources, Maven is desperate to have a job – any job. One call changes her life – and her job title? Fairy godmother.
I actually had a hard time following the story for the sole reason that it had a lot of characters involved although their stories are connected to each other – with that number of characters it can be daunting to remember them all. What I thoroughly enjoy though are the familiar story integrated in the book and how Maven works with them. She is very honest and intuitive (with the help of The Bump) and loves what she does but struggles with how Fiona wants her to do her job.
Maven Fairy Godmother is an enjoyable read it it can definitely tickle your funny bones. The ending was unexpected and my experience with reading Maven Fairy Godmother is one to remember.(less)
The third novel of Hamilton's Anita Blake series has the petite necromancer fighting a giant cobra and a rogue vampire, Alejandro, who wants her for h...moreThe third novel of Hamilton's Anita Blake series has the petite necromancer fighting a giant cobra and a rogue vampire, Alejandro, who wants her for his human servant. Anita is still resisting the advances of Jean-Claude, St. Louis's master vampire, but she does need him on her side, if not in her bed. Anita's reluctant involvement in the odd goings-on at the supernatural Circus of the Damned introduces her to Richard, the werewolf of her dreams, and Larry, her powerful but nervous partner in zombie-raising.What I think:This book was exciting as the first two that I have read. In this book, Anita who is Jean Claude's vampire servant was still pressured of the thought because she didn't act like one. as stubborn as she is, she still refuses to be Jean Claude's vampire servant because she doesn't want to be bound forever to him. Anita encounters Mr. Oliver or The Earthmover, who is member of the vampire council that wants to kill Jean Claude to take over St. Louis.Initially Anita tells the old vampire because she was mad with Jean Claude but eventually kills him together with Edward. this is the book where Anita meets Richard, Jean Claude's animal to call (Wolf).This book is worth reading if you haven't though of buying it yet! Anita is the kind of character that you want if you enjoy Angelina Jolie flicks. Tough chick, sarcastic, yet this book includes the love elements that you may want to read in a book, though not the mushy-type of romance. All in all, the Anita Blake series never seems to fail me.Laurell K. Hamilton(less)
Brownies are living under Emma's apartment. Creatures she only thought were creatures created as myths. Appa...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Brownies are living under Emma's apartment. Creatures she only thought were creatures created as myths. Apparently, they are real and a bit sarcastic and rude too!
Emma is used to moving from place to place. There's nothing she can do about it since she and her dad go to where work is available. From the numerous times they moved, Emma follows the motion. She understands. I enjoy reading about our young heroine. For such a young age, she seems mature and optimistic. She enjoys life as it is especially with her situation. She also has this enthusiasm for adventure. I was actually expecting her to sulk, good thing she's not what I expected.
Our little band of brownies are actually an interesting lot. They are a mix of characters who can be a handful. Their "debates" and banter makes me laugh once in a while and I enjoyed that most about this book. We have Truss, Piers and Mat and Master Tect. From what I remember (its confusing to take note of them) Truss is the heavyweight brownie and the only lady in the bunch. Piers was the one who's always hungry and always in a hurry and the skinny tall one. Mat was the obnoxious, sarcastic and rude brownie who is also the tinniest among the group while Master Tect is the sleepy old dude.
The moment they met Emma it was so funny. They know Emma as a monster not a human so imagine Emma trying to explain to them what she is.
The man turned to her an bowed to her with a great flourish of his hand. "Oh, great, monstrous monster!" he shouted at the top of his tiny lungs. "We beseech you to assist us in this, our desperate hour of need!"
This goes on and on and I just can't help myself but laugh. They are a persistent little lot. Oh I have to share this passage too:
"But there are stories, and the blue Scrolls are very specific about what a Human is and how they behave. There are the hominus giganti snorasaurus, who sleep all night long; the hominus colossi munchasaurus, who eat all day long; and the mysterious hominus hush-upicus-catatonicus, who do nothing but sit all day and stare at a mystical, flickering light source."
My humor is shallow, I know but I really did enjoy this fun book. I can type a lot of quotables and funny scenes however that means I have to type the majority of the book. Hehe so the better solution is for you to indulge yourself and read it as well.
Okay back to the story. The groups mission was to save the building from dying because as it was explained the building became alive and took root as the years passed but an evil witch is out there "killing" building (in turn destroys the brownie burrows) for unknown reasons. From there on, there were a lot of running, scampering and thinking about different ways to defeat the witch and help the brownie community survive. Emma proved to be the right heroine for the job.
It was a fun read with a lot of interesting characters. An easy and enjoyable intro to a series that everyone will enjoy especially younger readers. It is short, fast paced and written quite good. I like Gough's writing style and I think that she has a good story going here. Would definitely check the next book. (less)
Matthias Ludlam's plans of killing Aidan failed when his assassin and brother of Aidan, Owen, gets hacked an...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Matthias Ludlam's plans of killing Aidan failed when his assassin and brother of Aidan, Owen, gets hacked and killed. That doesn't stop Matthias from thinking of an alternative plan to get back to Aidan and his beloved family, the city of Penton.
Matthias has decided to take on the task of getting his son back and destroying Aidan and Penton once and for all especially after discovering Gloriana, an unvaccinated human with potential powers, out of nowhere. Lorenzo Caias, member of the Vampire Tribunal and friend of Aidan, seems to make it even more difficult for Matthias to do so but as he discovers information against his friend, things will become interesting and it isn't as enjoyable as everybody likes it to be.
Absolution is the second in the series and focus mainly on Mirren and Gloria BUT note solely meaning we get to see everyone else here and there. The story picks up right after Redemption, so you might want to read that first, and it will introduce a couple of new characters - humans and vampire alike.
The first thing I notice was how it was "better" compared to Redemption. Its not like I hated the first book but its easier to get on board with Absolution since I fully know what the gist of the story is about. I've gotten past page 160+ in a few hours unlike Redemption. Second thing I enjoyed is the fact that this was focused on Mirren, a favorite character, and although he's mysterious and dangerous the story surrounding him is light and fun minus the death, blood and him being the executioner that is. Another thing is the impact of the book. A game changer if you will.
One of my favorite part and totally made me laugh was when Mirren, Aidan, Will and Hannah was discussing about Gloriana. I don't want to share what was funny so I am giving you a hint to watch out for that one. You may not understand the humor behind it but if you are acquainted with Mirren's character, you'll definitely have a few good laughs. Its definitely reminiscent of scenarios about big hardass dudes (take in thought that before Penton, Mirren was the tribunals assassin) who falls for the vulnerable girl. It was almost like how Aidan was with Krys but this one is just funny.
I can definitely conclude that Absolution is a notch higher than Redemption. The development of the characters is still strong and the twists in the story are amazing. Absolution will leave you craving for more and advice is - make sure you have free time because this book is addictive. Looking forward to Omega and what Sandlin has in store for her readers.(less)
Living Dead in Dallas is the second installment of the Southern Vampire Mysteries. Sookie and Bill is ordered for another mission by Area 5 sheriff Eric as he “rented” them to Stan to find his missing vampire brother Farrell. In addition to their mission, Sookie found out that her friend and co-worker at Merlotte, Lafayette, was found dead in detective Andy Bellefleur’s car. And then a Maenad named Callisto confronted Sookie to deliver a message to Eric regarding tribute. Unfortunately, the message was inflicted on Sookie directly. Sookie’s life just got more complicated since meeting Bill but the action doesn’t stop there.
As the couple reached Dallas to find Farrell, Sookie later found out that the kidnapping was caused by The Fellowship of the Sun which was an anti-vampire semi Christian cult that detested vampires. Having investigated the situation, the group later learned that Godfrey was behind the kidnapping. As the action continues, Sookie’s life hangs by a thread as she is attacked by the fellowship in addition to finding out that Hugo, who was Stan’s human servant and lover of Isabele, was the traitor. Sookie was helped by Luna who was also in an undercover mission again the fellowship. After rescuing Farrell from the fellowship, Stan’s nest was later attacked by the fellowship and a lot of humans died during the attack. Eric took a bullet trying to save Sookie’s life and in the process, Eric suggested Sookie to suck the bullet from the wound. Later on Sookie found out that by doing so, she and Eric are now sharing a bond that Sookie doesn’t want in the first place being the devoted girlfriend she is to Bill.
When the party goes back to Bon Temps, Sookie was decided to find out who killed Lafayette. Sookie got invited to a sex party organized by Mike Spencer. Since Sookie was decided to find out who killed Lafayette, she asked the help of Eric to accompany her to the party. Using her telepathic abilities, Sookie found out that Mike and Tom killed Lafayette brutally after the party was interrupted by Bill, Andy and Sam together with Callisto. Callisto having enjoyed the lust and violence of the party later killed Mike, Tom and his wife and another civilian named Jan. With the crime solved, Eric glamour Tara into forgetting what happened after Eric and Bill burned the house to remove any evidence of what Callisto did.
Living Dead in Dallas was better than the first book but I was somewhat confused on how the story was told. The story went from Bon Temps to Dallas – Dallas to Bon Temps. It was like Harris inserted the story of the kidnapping just to add something to the story. Although it was entertaining, I would have loved if it wasn’t written that way. Sookie is still hilarious and lovable as always though she’s still prone to having emotional breakdowns now and then. Sookie and Bill’s love story becomes steamy with Eric on the side. To be honest, I don’t really feel the spark between Sookie and Bill it’s as if something is missing in their relationship- or Bill just doesn’t appeal to me like Eric does. I don’t feel the spark of their partnership.
I love how Harris keeps you guessing by not showing who the villain is in the story. This is what keeps me reading the series until the last page. Living Dead in Dallas is a great addition to a fast paced, adventure packed series. What I love about this series are the character development and how each character has their own story in the series. It is not advisable to read the book stand alone since it picks up where the first book left so unless you read Dead until Dark - you will probably get confused. Warning to readers for this book contains graphic violence and vivid brutal scenes.(less)
** NOTE: This book has been read and reviewed prior to the edits of Survival. There maybe a lot of changes or there maybe none. Again, this review is...more** NOTE: This book has been read and reviewed prior to the edits of Survival. There maybe a lot of changes or there maybe none. Again, this review is written BEFORE any additional edits that was done by Hargrove recently.
Survival started sounding like a mystery thriller novel. Killers, prey, survival, death, psychopath. We are introduced to the killer and in a few chapters retold his background and the need-to-know details then the story took a spin at around 1/4 through the novel.
The next chapters lingered too long around Maddie’s recovery and how confused she was. It’s mostly back and forth questions of what happened, where she is, and stuff like that. I just felt the story needed to move on. Maddie’s exasperation was unavoidable and I am close to feeling the same as Maddie. Half of the book was too much word play and I kept on skipping through the pages.
Okay now the other part is Rayn’s POV. This part was also a lot of word play and re-encounter of what we already read. I can see what the author is trying to achieve but the dual POV is not working for me in Survival. It’s too much repeatition and that is where the appeal unfortunately disappears. I get that Rayn is hot, gorgeous and beautiful, perfect, awesome – but how many times does this have to be reiterated? We’ll also hear Maddie’s pity-babble, “I am not worthy of you” woes and after a few times it does get old.
The gushiness and mushy lines are overkill for me especially if they are repeated over and over. I just wanted to get past all the insta-love thing. I need to read more than I-love-her-so-much-I-can’t-be-without-her drama. In spite the things that bugged me in Survival, it is very unique and I do want to know how the story will pan out. Another thing I love about the story though is that we get to know about Rayn’s planet and background plus everything in between. This is the most important aspect in a story especially if your character is not human. One more thing I like is that although the author tends to linger on details a bit too much, that’s also her advantage. It’s very hard to write descriptively and make readers imagine what they are reading – in my opinion, the repetitions just needs to be toned down.
I really wanted to love this book but I just can’t. This is, as far as I can remember, the book with the most eye roll from me – it surpassed my disliked for the Morganville series and if you read that post you’ll know that it’s not good and that makes me sad because I had a lot of issues with the Morganville series. But since this is the first book of the series, I am willing to leave everything here and keep an open mind with book 2, Resurrection.
Is Survival for you? I really don’t know and I don’t want to tell you instantly don’t read it. I am hesitant myself but it is very promising and entertaining once you get past the issues I stated above or if you don’t mind my points stated. (less)
To this time, allow my travel. Take me there, let time unravel.
Gavin is a time traveler. A fact that he just recently discovered but unlike some time traveler though, Gavin’s gift particularly focus on traveling with the use of photos or any image. Gavin didn’t always know about this gift though, but when he found out his life became more complicated than it is. Growing up Gavin’s life wasn’t always as miserable but it all started when his foster mom died. Later on, Gavin endured a life with his foster dad who became abusive and a sister who doesn’t care. Things wasn’t looking good for Gavin until the day he discovered that his biological grandparents are alive.
What initially made me want to read this book was the cool concept about time traveling that Mr. Gonzalez came up. There are numerous twist and varieties in time traveling – and there are pretty good ones too – but I wanted to see how Mr. Gonzalez would make this his own. The concept of time traveling is as common as vampire and angels so I was super excited to read what The Photo Traveler would offer me. Reading the last page, I knew that I would continue to follow the series :)
Although I did love the book, I was hesitant with Gavin and Alanna. I wasn’t too sure about the pair. Their relationship wasn’t believable and it was undeveloped and felt rushed. Although vital and important in the story, the “relationship” wasn’t working at all. Insta-love/their few meetups ending with confessions of love/the son was written too early and hastily in the story. As I said, I immediately knew that this is a big part in the story, especially after reading the ending but it could have been given more attention in terms of development so it wouldn’t come out flimsy. Well, that’s just me so it can be minor.
Gavin was a great character. You can definitely sympathize with this kid with what he’s been through and what is now in his hands. I can see great things to come for Gavin and I am really excited to read what will happen next. There’s much more to explore in this world and I am bursting with excitement for the next installment.
Overall, The Photo Traveler is a great book for time travel junkies. This book can also be enjoyed by any reader who loves a good story with strong characters, fast pacing, solid storytelling and heart racing endings.
Take me home to what is mine. Back to the present, back to my time.
I have held back reading this book since receiving it in 2010 which I totally regret today. I should have read this the moment I got it. It was so add...moreI have held back reading this book since receiving it in 2010 which I totally regret today. I should have read this the moment I got it. It was so addicting. Reading the book I can only think of one word: AWESOME! Julie Kagawa gave me a story of love, life, fantasy, action and more. Honestly, the moment I picked up this book, I can't stop reading. I've lost a days work reading the novel but it was all worth it. :)
Meghan Chase lived an ordinary life until her brother Ethan was kidnapped by unknown beings. Meghan was an ordinary girl living life with her mom, Ethan and Luke (step dad) and her best friend Robbie. As strange things happen, Meghan becomes confused and unaware of the journey ahead of her. When Meghan demanded Puck to tell her what's going on, she learns things that she only thought were fiction. In spite the danger, she decides to rescue her brother in a world unknown to her. Fairies, goblins, gremlins, ogre, mermaid are not part of the life that Meghan knew but the story doesn't end there. Meghan will try to save her brother with the help of Puck and a few friends.
Reading The Iron King was a blast. I enjoyed every page of it, every character and the book itself. You must admit that the cover is lovely and I love the vine details in every chapter. Meghan was your typical heroine. Strong and powerful, beautiful, determine, loyal and well stubborn. :) Puck is your typical knight in shining armor. I so love his devotion and love for Meghan even with all the danger. Grimalkin is a great addition to the story. I can't help but picture the cat in Alice In Wonderland. And then there's Ash. Handsome, strong, cold yet helpful and well another love interest for Meghan. Another love triangle that will sure tear people apart for who they want for Meghan. For this book, I'll say that I am team Puck. You've got to love him right?
So to sum it all, this is highly recommended. Definitely part of a series but waiting for the next book is definitely worth it. Julie Kagawa is a force to be reckoned with. Looking forward to what Kagawa will do with the characters on the next book. If you love fantasy, a great plot with magic and elemental creatures you should pick this book up. A fun and fast paced book that everyone should follow and recommend. The series will definitely have a place in my bookshelf!The Iron KingJulie Kagawa(less)