I am again disappointed. I don't know what happened to the series after Blue Moon. From a plateau, it went down and fast. I used to love Anita, don'tI am again disappointed. I don't know what happened to the series after Blue Moon. From a plateau, it went down and fast. I used to love Anita, don't get me wrong I still love the series but I just think that the plot of the series was lost with all erotic scenes and the coming of the ardeur.
I have come to the point where I skip all the sexy scenes to where the action is and I am left with only a few pages to read. I mean that's a great degrade to the previous books that the series had. The sense in the plot seems to go nowhere, the characters just gets bad every time, the ending are flat.
I can still recommend this novel to people who love the supernatural but with caution. I can tolerate erotica at some point but too much of it - that I can't handle. Would still be reading until the end of the series due to curiosity of how the story will progress and what the characters would be like but not as in love with the series like before.
I do hope Hamilton turns the series around. Such a great series to go to waste....more
I was never really interested in Micah character nor thought that the addition of said character was necessary. Of all of Anita's men, Micah is how shI was never really interested in Micah character nor thought that the addition of said character was necessary. Of all of Anita's men, Micah is how should I say this - flat? Not likable? Unnecessary?
Whatever that word might be, the meaning is still the same. Why did Hamilton wrote this book? I don't know really but it didn't do any justice to the series. It's just sad how the avid readers of the series seems to be slipping away because of how the story progress from being awesome to this. No word can really describe it. What the reason why I still read the series? I'll give you three. One, I'm an avid fan and will always be. Two, I never abandon a series however the story went. I still enjoy reading the series with all the action but still hoping that the sex part would be lessen. And lastly, I am still praying that Hamilton will turn this series around. I am loyal and I do think that the downhill spiral will change, I just don't know with what book.
To sum it up, do I still recommend the series? Hell yes. Do I love it as much as I love the first half of the series, no. Will I still continue reading it? Yes. Should you read it? Well that depends. As I always say, every reader has their own opinion and flavor in book selection but fair warning to those who doesn't like sex scenes to much, this book is not for you. :) Laurell K. Hamilton...more
Okay where do I begin? Hmmmmmm. Arrrrrrrgg! I can't even think of a sentence to start this review properly. Okay wait, to start I picked up Carrier ofOkay where do I begin? Hmmmmmm. Arrrrrrrgg! I can't even think of a sentence to start this review properly. Okay wait, to start I picked up Carrier of the Mark because 1.) it has a fantastic story, and 2.) gorgeous cover and 3.) curiosity so what did I get out of this? Disappointment. I can't even start writing down what I hated most about this book - I am lost with words.
I won't go into details what the book is all about but basically it's about a girl who moves to Ireland who later fell in love with a boy instantly and soon discovers that she is something else entirely or rather a person who has powers that she wasn't aware that she had.
Okay now what I didn't like about the book. Hmmmmmm. Okay, I don't have any issues with books that have insta-love themes. I am all for it but somehow Carriers of the Mark wasn't as effective as some books with similar themes. It wasn't as explosive as it should be - it was mushy, irritating and flat for me. The characters were also flat. Although the book was a fast read, I read it longer than expected, I wasn't connecting to the story as I hoped I would be. I realized that I keep sighing and rolling my eyes reading through the pages and not to mention the great similarities it has with the Twilight series. Seriously!
I had high hopes for this book but it doesn't impress me as it should have. I was sad and disappointed after reading the book. Actually, I almost came to putting it in a DNF pile but decided otherwise thinking that the book might redeem itself but after the last pages - nothing. Anyway, for sure there are readers who loved reading this and who would love to read this, I am just not one of them....more
Clara knows learns about her purpose, follow it to an unknown land and lives her life as if it's nothing important. As Clara follows her vision she thClara knows learns about her purpose, follow it to an unknown land and lives her life as if it's nothing important. As Clara follows her vision she thinks she knows what she needs to do and what is suppose to happen. Living your life knowing that you are part angel and that you have a purpose to fulfill is not always favorable but manageable. Together with her family, Clara tries to discover what her life is about, the secrets behind them and what is in store for her. As Clara meets new friends and rediscovers herself in Wyoming, she eventually learns and understand a little about her purpose and her kind with help from a friend. Clara thinks she knows and understand what she has to do with her purpose but eventually gets confused when a love triangle was introduces between her, Christin and Tuck. From the very beginning Clara knows what she has to do to fulfill her mission but eventually she learns that fate may have played a complicated game.
I love the mystery that the book offers me. It my have started slow, but eventually the novel picked it's pace. This novel leaves me pondering of what the story really is and no matter how hard I try to formulate how the story may evolve, I am left clueless which is great because nobody wants a predictable book. The relationship between Clara and her mother is the best part of the story. Additional to that, I loved how Hand didn't wrote the romance part between characters irritating like some YA books I read. The ending was awesome and just enough pull to leave me wanting to read the next novel. I loved how Hand played around with the story as well as the characters making Unearthly one of my favorite for 2011.
If you'll ask me if I hate something about the book, the answer is yes. What I hate about the book is the part that the story stopped! I am craving for more. :) Would definitely follow the series and definitely would recommend to a lot of people.UnearthlyCynthia Hand...more
Can you imagine seeing a guy casually dressed in jeans and Nike during the 1800s? Well this is what Edwin Blaire did when he traveled back and forth tCan you imagine seeing a guy casually dressed in jeans and Nike during the 1800s? Well this is what Edwin Blaire did when he traveled back and forth through time in order to save Earth from unwanted visitors.
The Visitor is a novel that is written with detailed historical facts accompanied by sci-fi elements that will entertain you while reading the book. First, I would just like to state that I am not a fan of sci-fi and time travelling because I often get confused but The Visitor was a great read. Although it started slow for me. It was well written, the attention to detail by Peilke with history was amazing and the plot was a enough to pull me into reading the book. Additional to this, I love the illustration inside the book as it gives me a picture of what a certain scene might look like.
The only thing that I would comment on is the cliffhanger ending. I hate it when story leads to an abrupt ending which mean I need to read the second book to know what will happen next. I would also love a different cover art but these are just minor details and it doesn't weigh the book down. Asides the negative factors, The Visitor is a novel worth recommending especially to sci-fi fanatics and readers who love time travel.A New Birth of Freedom: The VisitorRobert G. Pielke...more
This is a tough cookie and I must be honest, I am finding it difficult to write an opener (evidence right there) for my review so on to it then!
I feltThis is a tough cookie and I must be honest, I am finding it difficult to write an opener (evidence right there) for my review so on to it then!
I felt so detached with this book, half way through it I was mostly skipping pages and scratching my head because I can connect to the characters nor the story as I should be. I won’t say that it wasn’t for me or something since I wouldn’t pick it up if it didn’t interest me but along the way – our chemistry wasn’t working at all. I just felt that it was all about booze, sex, shopping and immaturity. Well granted that most of highschool and college is basically like that but I was really hoping it didn’t focus on that alone. I don’t know where the story was in the novel – it’s there somewhere, it was just not speaking to me clearly.
Ohh you know what sucks more? Reading the book was like watching a re-run of Gossip Girl (TV Series not the book) but not in a good way(the opener was the dead giveaway – The Ivy: News article/Publication, GG: Email blast/Website article). Well I don’t know, it seems like I’mone of the few to compare the two but that’s how I felt. The Ivy for me was all over the place and most of the time I kept on re-reading the last sentence because I keep on forgetting the storyline. Another difficulty to adjust to was the POV – it jumps from one character head to another. When you are reading that type of story telling, it will really be confusing and hard to follow.
The Ivy was suppose to go in my DNF pile but somehow I wanted to give this book a chance but thinking about it now, the act would have prevented me to write this review. (writing this was so hard!) Oh and last but not the last – the ending. Cliffhanger endinga are ok but in this case it was MEH! I didn’t intend to come out as bitchy or mean, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as most readers did. Would I recommend it personally? No. But that doesn’t mean this book is not as awesome as some readers see it. Read other reviews and decide for yourself but as for me, it stays on 1 star. *pout*...more
Another amazing add to the list of book that I can recommend to friends and book lovers like me. Honestly, the strongest pull for me wasn't the synopsAnother amazing add to the list of book that I can recommend to friends and book lovers like me. Honestly, the strongest pull for me wasn't the synopsis of the book but the cover itself. I was intrigued of what this book can offer that other action packed, good vs. evil book can't provide. Ellie learns before her birthday that she is a Preliator(a "person" who has the power to kill the Fallen using angelfire. And she is the only one capable of doing it) who destroys and the front runner between the war of Archangels and the Fallen. Guided and guarded by her guardian Will, they both fights together to defeat the supernatural and stop them from reigning in Earth.
The book is good especially knowing that this is Moulton's debut novel. Angelfire is the first book of the trilogy that Moulton will offers readers and I am looking forward to reading what happens to Ellie and Will in the upcoming books. There are some aspects of the book that I don't love but it wasn't enough reason to weigh the book down.
Ellie seems to be the typical rich-girl-who-gets-everything-she-want-type and I don't hate her but don't love her either. I just don't like her being the heroine, dunno why. Or maybe because of the reason on defiance of the rules laid out to them with extreme clarity. I mean, when someone or some being tells you NO, that means NO right? So don't get pushy. But Ellie doesn't seem to mind a little rebellious act. But anyway, the characters are well played throughout the novel. Nathaniel remains to be the mysterious one in the novel and looking forward to read more about him. And Lauren too. I think she can be a great part of the novel if played right.
The dialogues are realistic. Moulton's writing style is easy to follow and not boring at all. When you pick up the book be prepared to not put it down until your finish because that's what happened to me and would certainly happen to you too! :) The cover is awesome. Would never think of any cover better than this one.
This book was a complete surprise! The first time that Lindsey introduced me to her book I was delighted and intrigued. I love anything magical, and tThis book was a complete surprise! The first time that Lindsey introduced me to her book I was delighted and intrigued. I love anything magical, and this book has become one of my great novella reads for this year. :) Great book to end my week.
The idea of a fae to convince a human to marry him out of a bet was genius. If you read the first part of the book, it starts slow but after reading 10 pages or more you will instantly get hooked. The second thing I love about the book is the rhymes. I am a sucker and I can't get enough, especially in Make Willing The Prey - rhymes that are intended for a wicked purpose. The third thing I like about the book is the lovely rose art. So simple and intricate, that made the book more interesting.
The characters are well written, the plot was catchy, and the pace was fast enough to make it a fun read. The book isn't a bore. The only thing that I would love to change is the book cover. Though the cover gives you a small hint inside the book, I would love the cover to be redesigned. Asides that small change, the book is worth recommending!
The book hints a sequel, and I am excited about that. I will surely ask Lindsey in my interview with her what her future plans are for Sandy and S.A. So watch out for that :)Make Willing the PreyLuna Lindsey...more
Another great read worthy of recommending to other readers. Digger's Bones tells us the story of Angie and how she tries to uncovers the truth behindAnother great read worthy of recommending to other readers. Digger's Bones tells us the story of Angie and how she tries to uncovers the truth behind the reason why her colleague and friend Tarek Rashid (Digger) and Professor Rothschild, a famous archeologist, were murdered.
Digger and Profession Rothschild was killed because of the mystery that they have uncovered and Angie wants to know why. Together with her friend and mentor, Angie follows every clue that Digger left her before dying in front of her. In the middle of the adventure, Angie is being chased by a gunman who wants to acquire what Angie has discovered but later on the people involve that not only one person wants them dead but rather two! What Digger and Professor Rothschild uncovered was a matter of life and death and nothing will stop Angie from finding it out. In addition to Angie's burden, they later realize that someone is leaking information that's why her killer is always there to find her.
Digger's Bones was a thrilling adventure and great read. It was not as I was expecting it to end but some parts are predictable but that doesn't outweigh the fact that the book is a great read. The story was well research and represented that it almost seem as if the story was true. The characters were like-able combined with a plot which is awesome, Digger's Bones is part of my favorite read for this year. I really loved Angie's character who is trust worthy and can be dependable. The supporting characters were awesome and compliments the main character. The ending was not a disappointment and the epilogue added the cherry on top.Digger's BonesPaul Mansfield Keefe...more
A story that revolves about guardian angels is such a foreign concept to me. Not foreign that I haven't readOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
A story that revolves about guardian angels is such a foreign concept to me. Not foreign that I haven't read any, but foreign that I haven't read that much. Dominion has a straight forward story from what I read - good vs. bad, guy falls in love with the female lead, and a tragedy and mystery at the end. A story where an angel falls in love with a human and will do anything to fight for their relationship even if it means war.
Right from the very start, well be acquainted with Gideon. According to Dominion he's a Grandinian Angel. Grandinian angels are the angels who test fellow angels by harming their humans. Basically the black angel, or the dark one or whatever you want to call them. Gideon loves to hurt humans and fellow angels. It's his second nature. It is a well known fact that every angel fears him. In any situation that involves Gideon, other angels immediately fear for their life because Gideon love destruction. It means that they are about to die. That's everyday life for Gideon until he met Abigail.
Abigail is our female lead. A human girl who has a very complicated story. Abigail is the human that Tristan is guarding. Tristan is the other angel in this story. He's the good angel. Tristan is the complete opposite of Gideon in every way. Appearance, personality, virtues, upbringing, the works. If Gideon is feared among angels, Tristan is the one who is respected. So back to Abigail. Abigail is a teenager with a glamorous life in addition to it being dangerous because of her fathers work. Abigail
Halfway through the story, its pretty mellow. You'll read more about character background, a few history touches to the story and a number of supplementary character introduction. Narration is divided between characters but transition is smooth so you won't have to worry about being left out or confused. As I said, everything will run smoothly until you reach the middle part of the book. This is the part where Gideon and Abigail falls in love. And oh my God I hated that part!
I don't hate romance in my books but OMG Abigail was a walking cliche whereas Gideon was irritating. I just couldn't appreciate their relationship. It was gushing with mushiness and exaggeration. I don't see the appeal of Abigail trying to change Gideon just because she can't accept what he trully is. Abigail apparently falls in love with Gideon in spite the fact that he's bad and dangerous. Maybe I am too old for this kind of love but for the love of reading I just couldn't stand them two. I had too many eye rolls on the love department.
Asides my obvious unease and dislike for the romance in this story, Dominion is quite intriguing. The twist in the end is definitely a treat and will warrant a "What The Heck" moment. The development bomb at the latter part of the story will most likely be where the story would take a different turn BUT that will also warrant a big cliffhanger. Ahhh, the dreaded cliffhanger.
Overall, the story was OK. I definitely had issues with the story and there were wholes to it but I couldn't shake the fact that I did enjoy reading most parts it. Beginning and ending was great, the middle part and the romance was the biggest clincher for me. It just didn't work and it was over exaggerated for my taste. Still undecided if I'll be picking up the next book....more
How morbid can you get when it comes to the dead? Xylia apparently loves to watch funerals, sleep in grave sites and sneak at morgues. Xylia is not yoHow morbid can you get when it comes to the dead? Xylia apparently loves to watch funerals, sleep in grave sites and sneak at morgues. Xylia is not your typical teenager. She rather wants to be in black, yet she's not emo. She is fascinated with anything dead related but she's not any different from your typical teenager. She gets good grades, hangs out with friends and functions properly asides the dead aspect though.
First I thought A Stiff Kiss was going to be another boring read yet from the very start Xylia grabbed my attention and I enjoyed reading about her and her life. It wasn't easy for Xylia and I felt for her pain and confusion. The story wasn't fluffed, it wasn't mushy and it wasn't insta love either (or rather I don't consider it though). For the longest time now, Xylia has a crush with local jock Landon Phoenix. Landon doesn't know who Xylia was and there's no way for their paths to cross until that day of the Championships. Landon all of a sudden dropped dead on the field and Xylia's father tried all that he could do to revive the teen jock however all efforts was not enough, Landon still dies. Xylia only wanted to say goodbye, yet her goodbye seems to be hello.
A Stiff Kiss was hands down awesome. The development of both the characters and the story was well written which makes my reading experience sooo enjoyable. It was a quick read which I love and the resolution in the end completed the package. One thing that I would love to read more was the ability of Xylia to hear the grey suit guys - interaction and drama would have added more to the story but I understand why it was left out and thinking about it, it seems better that way.
To sum it up, this is just what I wanted to say: if you haven't read A Stiff Kiss, you are missing out on the action....more
After book 1-7 showing Anita as one tough babe, Hamilton decided that this book becomes the window to seeing Anita's vulnerability. I always enjoyed AAfter book 1-7 showing Anita as one tough babe, Hamilton decided that this book becomes the window to seeing Anita's vulnerability. I always enjoyed Anita's kick ass attitude but this twist to the character made me love Anita more. It's a complete circle already. A girl wth beauty, power, and incredible strenght who is not just capable of doing efficient job but also is vulnerable to pain and love.
What is alarming about the book for some is the injection of the sexual aspect of the characters involve. Anita no longer balances a few powers but also made a triumvate of power with the two most powerful creatures in St. Louis. Which makes Anita, Jean Claude and Richard a strong force to defend and protect the people they care about but can also be a deadly force against enemies. Since Hamilton is a great story teller, you don't expect a mild sexual read. So to people who are not yet open to this kind of novel, might as well read the first seven books.
Though I am not hating the sexual tension, I just felt that the insertion of the sexual aspect in the series lost the impact of the books altogether. From the uphill climb of the previous book, this on the flat surface of the mountain. A plateau.
So overall, still a good read with a little precaution because of the sexual aspect for readers who doesn't enjoy that. Still packed with gore, kick ass and details fight scenes, and the usual love triangle of Anita - Jean Claude - Richard. ...more
As I said in the first three reviews, Laurell K. Hamilton creates a new world of supernatural that keeps everybody hooked and enthrall new reader to pAs I said in the first three reviews, Laurell K. Hamilton creates a new world of supernatural that keeps everybody hooked and enthrall new reader to picking a book and reading the series. I never get tired or bored of reading this series and I just keep on wanting more. This story continues with Anita's adventure as Executioner and a part of the RIPIT.
What I also love about this story is the continuing struggle in the love department as Jean Claude and Richard fights over Anita's affection. Anita will be engaged in this book but there's a huge twist that you will love when you read it. Anita still continues to be dominant among the supernatural in spite the fact that she is still human. A combination of sarcasm, love affairs, brilliance and equality is what makes me stick to the series. If you love hardcore action with a little romance juggled in a supernatural creatures in the human world, Hamilton's series is the right choice for you!Laurell K. Hamilton...more
Fire on the Island was an amazing journey for me. The novel was a great mix of paranormal, love and humor. Humor was not the element that I was expectFire on the Island was an amazing journey for me. The novel was a great mix of paranormal, love and humor. Humor was not the element that I was expecting but it was a great addition to the novel.
Isla and Jeremiah was a great combination. Isla a witch, Jeremiah a curious paraphysics expert. I wasn’t expecting them to click but when they did, they made a cute couple. The supporting characters were funny and memorable too. I’d say that overall, the character were well rounded and strongly written. The setting and the overall plot was intriguing and the ending was awesome. I also love the movie references in the novel, makes me smile once in a while. A slight warning for young readers though, there are sexual content in Fire on the Island although not explicit.
Fire on the Island is a great book for a series starter. Fire on the Island is a great read for readers who love witches, paranormal romance or if you want to pass time with a fun read. Overall this gets a 3.5 for me.
A world wherein vampires need humans more than ever. A pandemic has affected human blood that can cause majoOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
A world wherein vampires need humans more than ever. A pandemic has affected human blood that can cause major and threatening results to any vampire who feeds from them. This has caused a shake from the vampire community as the source for food becomes scarce. What would you do if you can create a place to co-mingle with humans who are unvaccinated and clean? This was what Aiden did and he succeeded - but with the success of his plan comes danger to everyone that he cares for.
Aidan Murphy is a vampire with noble cause. He wanted to have a community that can let vampire and humans live together in a practical yet harmonious way. Nobody lives in Penton without his approval and everybody knows what they are signing for. The setup is perfect yet the Tribunal doesn't see it that way. Penton and Aidan is a threat and one man in particular, Mathias, would do everything to break the bond in Aidan's community.
From the start this was a straight cut story. Aidan creates a community so productive and harmonious is becomes a threat, followed by a murderous plan out of revenge and smite and ends with something you wouldn't expect. This is the first in the series. Like every introductory, Redemption is informative and light BUT not boring. You'll read a decent amount of background history yet you know there's still more and will be explored in the following books. In this particular story we get to know the main backbone of the world Sandlin created. Focused on the interaction and introduction between major characters namely Aidan, Mitten, Will and Hannah are the vampires in this lot. They are the major players in the scathe (family/group). Aidan being the leader and Mitten the second hand. Hannah is the child and baby of the group but a girl not to be underestimated whereas Will is the brains and the spunk of them all. We'll also read glimpse of who they are up against and as to why they (Penton Community) is perceived as a threat. Although we wouldn't read a great deal about the Tribunal, we know that the group will be major players in the following installments.
The idea behind the plot is intriguing and something that I really would love to read. I have read a dozen variation to the vampire story and there were hits and misses among the numerous written vampire pool. Vampires are just plain awesome and what authors do just amazed me story after story. Redemption became an easy favorite for 2013. What Sandlin did to her vampires were just incredible. They were hardass yet you know they have a bit of humanity left. We all know these types of vampires right? The story progression was never slow or boring. From the moment that Owen came to Preston everything was set in motion. Redemption is a great intro to a series that I personally would read through and get excited about. Nothing was overdone or I didn't feel like the author needed to impress me with unnecessary fluffing and side plots. I am interested to follow as to how Sandlin will continue the story because the last few chapters were definitely not what I have expected....more
When you become become sick and be in a come, you expect to die out of it right? Well Kate Edwards thought sOriginally 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....more
Dark Genesis was a lovely read filled with love, sacrifice and the right paranormal flavor. Dark Genesis is told by Luna via her diary. It was Luna’sDark Genesis was a lovely read filled with love, sacrifice and the right paranormal flavor. Dark Genesis is told by Luna via her diary. It was Luna’s version and memories of how her life was as a slave and then more. Luna is a slave from the 1800′s, an abused woman and a victim of circumstance. Luna was powerless until she meet “it”. It happened to be Avery, a vampire who have dreamt about Luna from long ago and waited for the time to actually meet and be with her and the story goes from there. But before Luna and Avery during the 1800′s Dark Genesis starts with Dallas – a rich and pampered witch who discovered Luna’s diary as she was looking into her grandmother’s stuff. The Marshall family is known to have good fortune yet with luck there comes a price to pay.
There are a lot of things I love about Dark Genesis. It tackles about the issues during the 1800′s which is a very heavy and painful yet powerful event concerning slaves. I love topics like this because it somehow gives me an idea of how it was then and how much struggle and sacrifices everyone is willing to do for their freedom.
Another thing I love about Dark Genesis is the devotion of the characters with one another – Mama Akosua’s love for Luna, Luna’s love for Avery, Jupiter’s devotion for Luna, and even Zila’s love for Master John. Dark Genesis shows us love in varying degrees and in different forms.
In addition, Dark Genesis was an easy read. I was quick to adapt to Koboah’s writing style BUT since this was retold in a diary format, I would have appreciated the story written differently.
The love between Luna and Avery wasn’t insta-love like most love story we read in paranormal novels. It took sometime for Luna to develop feelings for Avery and Luna showed us humanistic reaction like fear, hesitation and even hatred. It wasn’t a love at first sight deal. Yey right?
And lastly, Dark Genesis is the first book and it mostly gives us a detailed background of the characters to prepare us of what will happen in book 2. It started with Dallas but asides being mentioned in the first few chapters, that’s all we see from Dallas for now. So I am looking forward to seeing what happens to Dallas and what she’ll get herself into. This is a great start to hopefully an enjoyable trilogy.
Is Dark Genesis good – absolutely! Would I recommend it, definitely. Is it worth following, seems like it. If the next books will be as good as Dark Genesis then I am definitely recommending this one to paranormal lover and readers who enjoy a good unconventional love story....more
Give me 5 minutes here you guys, ugggh don't know how to start the review. Hmmmmmm okay so let's see. RachelOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Give me 5 minutes here you guys, ugggh don't know how to start the review. Hmmmmmm okay so let's see. Rachel, Nat and Drew spends their summer with their childhood friend Summer (redundant I know) in her (Summer) aunts Malibu home. Its been 3 years since everyone saw each other and it seems like a lot of things changed - mostly Summer actually. She was mostly this skrawny not-too-pretty chick but eventually blossomed into a babe.
With that out of the way I'll tell you how I felt after reading Loving Summer. It was an ok read though it was kinda generic for my taste. The characters were stereotypes, the story was an overused concept wherein Gow didn't do anything new asides making my head ache, and what's more irritating is that this is part of a series. You may not understand why I despise it being a series but you'll understand if you read the book. Romance may not be my go to genre however I read and watch numerous stories that I can compare it too and by the end of the book I was just wasn't feeling it. Let me explain the reasons why.
First of all, like Bitter Frost (I know a whole different genre however I have the same point) the story had potential however Gow didn't present it effectively. It was a mixture of stereotype + cliche + predictability not counting the love interests emphasizing on the number 3. Loving Summer has 3 different guys vying for Summers affection.
The love interest namely Nat, Drew and Astor. Please take note that Nat and Drew are brothers. Nat initially has a fling with Summer which is why Summer is infatuated with him whereas Drew is a ladies man who sleeps with whoever finds him interesting. Then suddenly he likes Summer. Drew shows interest first with Summer but Summer eventually get involve with Astor not including the fact that she is still infatuated with Nat who doesn't want any relationship because he's committed. Later on, Nat eventually realizes that he likes Summer and breaks off with his girlfriend to pursue Summer in spite the fact that 1. Nat told him he likes Summer and 2. She is in a relationship with Astor. With that, a whole new melodrama ensues.
Then we have Summer. How can a person have feelings for someone, goes in a relationship with another but still flirts on the side I do not know. It's just mind boggling. She cannot make up her mind to whom she wants among the 3 fellow which doesn't give us a positive message at all. From what I read and in my opinion she's not confused, she's playing around. I get the idea of being confused between 2 guys but to be confused with 3 I just couldn't grasp that.
The story was soo cheesy and melodramatic I was amazed that I actually finished it. I think the reason is that Gow can write good but couldn't deliver her ideas properly for readers to enjoy. It can be a great summer read but it lacked the effectiveness of delivery. How about the ending? It was predictable and it lacked the proper emotion to accompany a supposed to be heart breaking event. Would I read the next book? I'll be honest to say NO. I don't want a round two of head spinning and irritation on my end. It maybe an awesome read to some readers but I wasn't Loving Summer at all (see what I did there? Lol)....more
I had The Great Gatsby sitting in my shelf for quite sometime now and to be honest the only time I had theOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
I had The Great Gatsby sitting in my shelf for quite sometime now and to be honest the only time I had the urge to read the book was when I finished watching the 2013 adaptation with Mr. Di Caprio. You see, this is my second classical read and as I always said – I’ve been always afraid to get into these books for some reason. I’ve been dreading each time picking up any classic but I always end up with that unexpected joy of actually finishing it afterwards. Anyhoo, just finished the book a few moments ago and I have to say. WOW!
The Great Gatsby was narrated not by the core character Mr. Gatsby but by Nick Carraway. A curious man who got sucked into the intricate illusion that Gatsby created, Carraway was a unique and effective voice that gave us an intimate and inside look of Mr. Gatsby. Carraway not only adored Gatsby, he also saw what other people did not see – Gatsby was no more than a person delusional in a dream that once was but lost.
The pursuit of Gatsby with the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, was both sweet and tragic. It was madness to a point but with a love like what Gatsby has, I could not see no other way but what has been narrated. The idea indeed made my heart jump but everyone will eventually see the naivety and desperateness of Gatsby in the attempt to pursue his dreams. It was the idea and hope that catches the sympathy of readers but it was as good as any dream. Buchanan was a high reach before James Gatz became the famous Gatsby, and it was a high reach now because Daisy will forever be that girl he once lost. Carraway was correct, the past could not be repeated no matter how hard you push for it.
Other characters in the book also played great roles no matter how minor they maybe. One in particular is Tom Buchanan who in the present is Daisy’s husband. A guy who is self absorbed and narcissistic plus I hated his guts. He was very arrogant and self centered – but have to say that he and Daisy complemented each other to the dot for some reason. Daisy was the typical trophy wife but in the Jazz Era – that’s the best description I can think of her. More glitter and spaz, less sense and maturity. She was very shallow at times, very materialistic at most and opportunist. All she could think about was beauty and security – and that’s the only reason she entertained Gatsby – because she thought that he could offer more than what Tom could possible give until she realized it was all a grand facade of what really is.
What I love about the book, in addition to the characters, was the how Fitzgerald write the story. It had a sense of mystery, though first and foremost a love story, The Great Gatsby was more than what it appeared like the infamous Mr. Gatsby. It was very intoxicating and I have to admit that I got sucked in like Carraway was. Take note, I did not read this book in a sitting. It was in a span of a week and every time I got back to where I stopped it was like a switch was turned on and I was in West Egg once again sipping champagne in one of Gatsby’s party. The turn of events was very fast yet it did not skip a beat and in spite how sad the ending was, it all makes sense and had the clarity that gave a resolution to its readers.
I know I may never give this review justice but for a well known book and a highly adapted film, I have to say that this is definitely an experience worth remembering!
NOTE: also did a movie review (2013 adaptation), click link above...more
I burn. Inside and out. I burned. There was indescribable pain and the knife edge of pleasure. It was ecstasy and hell all at once. Then, as swiftly aI burn. Inside and out. I burned. There was indescribable pain and the knife edge of pleasure. It was ecstasy and hell all at once. Then, as swiftly as it had begun, it stopped. I was empty. A dried hus scorched beyond belief. Withered and dead. I fell. The steaming darkness claimed me.
Telesa is an engrossing tale about Daniel and Leila – a tragic love story that proved to go against all odds. Okay, first off all Telesa is not really solely about Daniel and Leila I just wanted to put that out as early as now to make a dramatic entrance of some sort. Telesa is actually more of about the journey of Leila in discovering her history and power. Everything went well for Leila that is until she was face to face with Nafanua- her mother.
Leila, our heroine, is a gifted teenager who lost her father and mother. She went to Samoa to rediscover her roots but was warned immediately by her aunt and uncle about things unknown to her. Leila was a strong lead. She can be very stubborn and irritating at some parts but you can definitely see her charm. Then she meets Daniel. Daniel is the swoon worthy kid persistent in keeping Leila at his side. He is all what you would want in a partner – handsome, respectful, courageous and smart in addition to being one of the head kid and the captain to the rugby team. Smart and sporty. Yum!
The two didn’t had a relationship immediately (thank God) and their relationship took time to develop. You can definitely feel the connection and the relationship was very believable. It was a cute partnership that I can really say works well in a series. The irritating part here though is Leila. She can’t make up her mind if she wants to be with Daniel or not. She loves him completely one minute then shuts him off the next. I was at wits with irritation. But as I said, it all worked out in the end.
So let’s talk about the whole Telesa gig and Nafanua. As discuss there are three gifts to a Telesa: Telesa matagi – air, Telesa casa loloa – water and Telesa faNua afi – fire. Air and water are very common and fire is considered a myth but it just so happened that Leila was fanua afi which makes her a very important and powerful Telesa. Nafanua has many secrets, juicy and oh so scandalous secrets that will be reveals in due time, and it seems like she’s not the mother Leila expected her to be.I don’t want to indulge you with too much information so enough about Nafanua, you need to get to know her to appreciate the story let’s move on to Sarona. Now, that is one crazy b*tch which makes her a more effective villain that I appreciate so very much. I was so mad and pissed at her althroughout. Talk about a well written and effective evil b*tch with sooo much power. You’ll definitely be in for a treat.
Telesa was an awesooome read not just because of the heart pumping action and heart breaking non-mushy lines (need to emphasize on the non-mushiness of the love story) but it is also a tale of family, courage, belief, discovery and self respect. Telesa has an interesting twist to a story used plenty of times in the past. Telesa had its own version and twist and I can definitely say the journey was nail biting from start to finish. Its a starter to a trilogy but it can be read stand alone. And with what I have read, looks like the second book will be as good as this one. Let’s see. For now, Telesa is a 5 star rating on my list....more
In a freak accident, Quinn tries to understand some mystery surrounding William, a schoolmate, and some freaOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
In a freak accident, Quinn tries to understand some mystery surrounding William, a schoolmate, and some freaky things happening after the accident. Baffled by what is happening in her life, Quinn manages to follow William walking through a broken bridge. A bridge that connect to a world that Quinn never thought would have existed.
I love Quinn. She's sweet, down to earth, caring and just plain adorable. You can definitely feel the love she has for her family. With what happened to her, its not a mystery when she decides to investigate the creepy things that keeps on happening. It all surrounds a mysterious boy named William. Nobody really knows about him. He is secluded and shy. Keeps to himself and doesn't seem to have any friends. Upon entering William's world, Quinn will see a different side to William that she wouldn't think possible.
Puttroff created a great amount of characters. We don't only have Quinn and her family and friends but we will also be introduced to a different set in Will's world and that includes royalties. :) Imagine meeting a family with 13 kids, excluding extended family and friends. That is a lot of characters but Puttroff created each one uniquely memorable and personable. I can't help myself having favorites among them.
Comparing William to Thomas, Will's brother, I like Thomas better. He is indeed a charmer. I love his mild and carefree attitude and he's the epitome of a real gentleman. I enjoy reading his relationship with Quinn. They just eased and click with one another but there is little evidence of being a love interest so far. Nothing rushed and no emotion to forced to be considered unrealistic. Speaking of love interest, this is one thing I enjoyed most with Seeds of Discovery. Although there wasn't a lack of male presence in the book, the story wasn't centered on Quinn having a love interest. This isn't a story driven by romance. Its more of a story about friendship, love in general, and a good mystery.
Eirentheos was a beautifully written and developed world. A very beautiful and realistic kingdom that I would love to visit. I enjoyed reading the mystique and marvel of William's world. It was more like the real world but not quite. The author wrote the world and gave a good amount of history for the readers to work with. There wasn't any informational dumping, word fluffing or rushed narration.
Overall, I fell in love with Seeds of Discovery the moment Quinn walked on that bridge. I hope Roots of Insight can outmatch and exceed my expectation because Seeds of Discovery finished at a high bar and a very good note. If you wish to find and start a fantasy series, you might want to pick this book up. I guarantee a story with good set of characters, beautifully crafted world, an author with good writing skills and a story that can hook you until the last page. :)...more
So we have reached the fifth book of the series. Like the first four series, Bloody Bones is packed with hard core fighting, bitching and all that macSo we have reached the fifth book of the series. Like the first four series, Bloody Bones is packed with hard core fighting, bitching and all that macho stuff that Anita seems to handle quite well. I have enjoyed reading how Anita manages to maintain a balance in her life and how she handles every obstacle effortlessly.
The book is good, but compared to the first four, this was quite a long read. I mean, I didn't quite enjoy this as much as the first four books. But it doesn't mean that it is not worth reading. I enjoy the love triangle but it becomes a drag throughout the story. Throughout the series, Anita is pictured to be a strong independent woman but sometimes she comes off bitchy. I don't know why. Still a good book, though not as good as the first 4. Laurell K. Hamilton...more
When you’re a foster kid and you don’t have anybody or anything but your wits, intelligence and street smarts – what have you got to lose when you areWhen you’re a foster kid and you don’t have anybody or anything but your wits, intelligence and street smarts – what have you got to lose when you are offered a scholarship in an elite school offered only to the best of best? In Dark Companion, we meet Jane who accepts an offer to be given everything she ever dreamed off but little does she know that Birch Grove Academy for Girls has its secrets. What will Jane do and how will she deal?
I never did know what to expect with Dark companion, it had that mysterious feel to it which made readers crave for it more as each page turn. It was captivating and it definitely hooks a person’s attention from beginning to end. The story and concept is very intruiging but it started slower than I expected, and as I was deeper into Jane’s world and got acquainted with the other characters I had a very difficult urge to put the book down, as the story picks up you’ll eventually finish it without realizing it.
Here’s one quote that I loved:
“What makes you angry Jane?”
“Pretty much everything.” I said casually, as if it wasn’t true. “Life isn’t fair, so you have to play the best game you can with the card you’re dealt.”
That’s just lovely. Okay, characters.
Let’s start with Jane. She was very simple, a black and white person, you know what to expect from her but she’ll surprise you with how matured and practical she is with life. Her friends in Birch Grove Academy was a mix of seriousness, hilarity and curious teens. Mary Violet is a crowd pleaser from the moment you meet her and her antics are to rad for. It’s all French and poems with her. (READ her poems) those will give you laughs, I can guarantee that. There are only two boys in this story – Lucky and Jake – who are the headmistress’ sons. Lucky was weird right off the bat, next! Haha kidding. He was very self centered and arrogant, had a very low opinion regarding him from the start given that he was the eye candy of every girl and was described handsome. Face value could just go a long way while Jake on the other hand is the one you should be rooting for. You’ll definitely feel the chemistry there ’nuff said.
The plot, twist and how the story ended wasn’t what I was expecting. You may have an idea on what the book is like but if you divulge into the world of Jane Williams you’ll realized that it wasn’t what you thought it was. It was part realistic and part gothic, dialogues and characters were definitely believable and bottom line is that Acosta wrote a very entertaining and great read for every reader to enjoy and recommend. It may not be for everybody to enjoy but what I can guarantee is that it is a read that’s worth your time and opinion.
Leaving this quote here:
There are always things we don’t recognized due to inexperience, as well as those things which we consciously or unconsciously choose not to see because theey don’t fit our expectations and desires....more
Alienation is book two in the CHAOS trilogy by Jon S. Lewis and it was as good as Invasion.
Funny thing, I’ve read Alienation before I read Invasion thinking it was book one. Lo and behold, I was wrong all along. Good thing though, Alienation can be read stand alone.
Picks up right after Invasion and continues the story as Sam, Oz and Danielle enters as CHAOS agents. Invasion already gives us an idea that these three would be part of the prestigious agency but Alienation solidifies it. After the fall of Trident, our heroines are now faced with the duty to save Earth.
Character wise, I love the development of our heroines. From Invasion to Alienation I felt like they grew up though not much of a difference would be noticed. They just seemed a little wiser, stronger and braver than the teenagers they were in book 1.
Secondary characters were as amazing too. I wasn’t expecting too much from these characters since they are characters who come and go though serves a great purpose to the plot and character development. Some you may love and some you may hate to the core but as I said, just as amazing as our heroines. Watch our for Pierce though, I know he’ll make you irate and cringe but a very effective character altogether.
Plot was very engaging especially since there is the potential and eminent danger from Lobo who we know is Oz’s dad. I didn’t know how Lewis would write the story but I am happy with how Lewis wrote it. The plot thickens and I am seeing a clearer picture of what and where Lewis wants his trilogy to go. The plot and twists was as heart racing as it was in the prior book.
One thing I wasn’t too keen off was the bombarding off technical terminologies that made my brain fart. I get that this is a book that includes gun power and explosion but the technical deets was overflowing bordering to driving me insane. It also resulted to slightly driving the focus out of the story which I somewhat dreaded. I get that Lewis needed to prove that he knows what he’s writing about but it needed a little toning down for my taste.
The ending was phenomenal and now I am gripping my Nook with too much excitement and anticipation on reading the last book, Domination (which I already reviewed for the tour). I’d say that a lot has indeed happened from the first book to this and I couldn’t asked for a better sequel myself.
Overall, Alienation is a great pick for those science fiction quick fix. Very imaginative and descriptive story to indulge readers, young and old, truly any sci-fi buff’s delight. Alienation is a powerhouse sci-fi pick if you want all the action and suspense your heart desires complete with dangerous lifeforms that will make your toes curl. Written by the talented Jon S. Lewis, you’ll definitely love reading it from page one until the last....more
O - M - Effin - G!!! That was absolutely fabulous! My goooooooooooooooooooooooodnesss, can't get over reading this beast! Okay, breath. Breath. AhhhhhO - M - Effin - G!!! That was absolutely fabulous! My goooooooooooooooooooooooodnesss, can't get over reading this beast! Okay, breath. Breath. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Sorry guys, oh yeah review.
I haven't read The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde EVER - maybe I should but yeah I haven't read it, just want to point that out. So I started reading Hyde and boy did I got more than I was expecting. The dilemma here is where do I start and ho do I give justice on this review?
Eden Colfax awoke with a nasty feeling of not knowing where she's, what's worse she's naked and in another bed - with a man she doesn't know. If you were in her position, you'll be shocked too right? Eden thought it was her sleepwalking, but is that really the issue that's making her life hellish? On the other hand we have Mitch who we all know has a secret worth keeping for life. He strived to be distant and to avoid unnecessary complications. Everything is necessary in order to hide the beast. Necessary to hide his second nature. Now what will happen if Eden and Mitch meet?
Since this book is super awesome I HIGHLY ADVICE you guys to read it and I am telling you and swear in the name of my bookshelf that this book will sweep you away! Let's keep this simple. The plot was not unique, it is a retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde but as I said I haven't read The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde yet so I can't make a good comparison, yet Stewart made a fantastic version that would definitely garner her praises for her awesome writing skills. Okay, the nature of this book is adult-ish and highly graphic (in my opinion) so please don't let your children read this. Sex scenes, obscene languages and unappropriate situations are very common in the book so guidance is advised.
In addition to that, the characters were entertaining and funny at the same time. I enjoy the exchange of dialogues between Eden and Mitchell and their chemistry with one another - including their counterpart personas - is perfect.
Relationships are complicated.
Not all of them. For instance, our relationship is very simple. You are annoying; I am annoyed. See? Totally uncomplicated.
I felt their need and their love blossoming plus the fact of not having a love triangle angle was very appreciated. I hate inappropriate love triangle angle to create the not-so-effective-friction-between-characters that some authors do. Thanks goodness! And the sex scene, OMG steaamy! I don't really enjoy sex scenes in novels since some authors don't write that particular area effective either, sorry but hey that's the truth and we know it, but in Hyde - OMG, 'nuff said! Pacing was great for a not so short story so that's another plus. Cover is definitely very mysterious and beautifully done in its simplest way without giving too much about the nature but giving a hint of what the story is about - that my friends is a very effective cover.
And did I tell you about how an amazing author Stewart is? I am definitely looking out for what Stewart is cooking up her sleeve these next few months and I need to read what happens next on Mitch and Eden! I am having a Stewart high right now. :P (I just realized I sound to fan girlish huh?) So there you have it guys, I am urging you to read this book....more
Harkness has did it again with Shadow of Night, book two of the All Souls Trilogy. I have read and reviewed A Discovery of Witches last year and I immHarkness has did it again with Shadow of Night, book two of the All Souls Trilogy. I have read and reviewed A Discovery of Witches last year and I immensely enjoyed it and Shadow of Night didn’t disappoint.
Shadow of Night immediately picks up from where A Discovery of Witches left off and the idea of living in old London was a dream come true for a historian like Diana. The couple are still on the mission of looking for Ashmole 782 and their journey didn’t stop at the present but rather continued as they travelled into Matthew’s past time.
Shadow of Night introduced a lot of interesting characters that are somewhat overwhelming for me. The descriptive presentation was also a lot to grasp it can be very difficult if you don’t have the dedication and love to pull through the novel. It was information overload at some time which is also why I had a hard time getting into the story but that didn’t affect my “relationship” with Shadow of Night.
A romantic plot wouldn’t be complete without the drama and Shadow of Night had those, plenty of those actually. Harkness really played with Diana and Matthew’s character and I must admit that it was absolutely enjoyable to read. It made Harkness’ characters more multidimensional and not just Matthew and Diana/vampire and witch. The sub-plots were as exciting as the main plot and like other seconds in trilogy, not all questions were answered in Shadow of Night but that’s another reason to wait for the final installment right?
What I greatly admired in Shadow of Night is the world building. I adore novels that can give me a picture of what I should be seeing and I admire authors that can provide the details efficiently and effectively. Harkness has gone beyond my expectations for Shadow of Night. Highly recommended trilogy to follow and Harkness is one of those authors that readers should give high praises for providing us with a novels worth keeping in our bookshelves.
VERY MINOR THING: I am not feeling the cover of Shadow of Night though. It lacks that appeal like A Discovery of Witches but as I said this is a minor thing. They don’t match either. *sigh*...more
3 sisters destined to battle the scum of the underworld not only to save the human population but also to heOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
3 sisters destined to battle the scum of the underworld not only to save the human population but also to help their unlikely allies. Lilly and Kit are trained huntress to take down revens that are over populating and destroying humanity. What seems like an epidemic is not what it seems. With their sister, Kendra, the Carrigan sisters take up the most dangerous task of saving mankind.
Right from the start, this seems like a simple novel however deeper into the story it gets more complex and interesting. This is what I love the most, stories that aren't boring. The sisters will meet Asar, an Egyptian underworld god, and the story takes a whole new level. I don't want to spoil the whole story for you guys since this is one book that has great potential and should be appreciated as you read it.
I'd talk about the characters though. The characters are amazing, well written and definitely has depth and dimension. You'll love the main characters and also the secondary ones. Everyone will stand out and there will never be a single boring part of the book. With that said, this book can be a hefty read. For one, I am not really familiar with Egyptian mythology and the names can be difficult to remember though short but you'll get used to it as you familiarize yourself with everyone. Because of the amount of information divulged, this book can be daunting. It is the first in a series and it can be intimidating but after a few chapter, you'll get used to it. I consider myself a fast reader, with book under 300 pages I can finish it in 2 days but with Soul Reborn it took me longer.
This is my first experience reading Murray's work as well as Egyptian mythology and I've been sold. I didn't expect to like this as much as I did but after the last page I wanted to read what was next immediately....more
The Oracle follows the next chapter of the six chosen to fulfill the prophecy. Darcy, Amelia, Sam, Lewis, Perry & Dean travels back to Alithea toThe Oracle follows the next chapter of the six chosen to fulfill the prophecy. Darcy, Amelia, Sam, Lewis, Perry & Dean travels back to Alithea to continue their adventure in the hope of accomplishing the prophesied future for both the group and Alithea.
What’s new in The Oracle? The second book in the Gateway Chronicles was as exciting as The Six and I thoroughly enjoyed every single page. It was engaging, captivating and beautifully written. I also applause Hoyle for writing both The Six and The Oracle with such details. I didn’t know what I was expecting from The Oracle when I started reading it, I didn’t even read the blurb to make the whole experience mysterious and I made the right choice.
Okay so events. At first it seemed like the group was just in Alithea to enjoy, train and educate themselves but Darcy and Tellus struck again. It seemed like both Tellus and Darcy felt the same thing – they don’t want to be wed which led to Tellus telling Darcy about a book that suggested the wrong interpretation of the prophecy. Darcy seeing it as an opening to not marrying, studied the book and activated the invocation with the oracle. Not a good idea! So a group was assembled by Rubidius for the journey.
Lady Darcy, Lady Darcy – you did it again. Great job! a friend lost for a fools errand. I really sympathize with Darcy on some point but most of the time she just came off as a self centered child. I know why she wanted to go on with the mission in spite the evidence of trouble but I can’t fully applause her for that. And at the end of the journey, Darcy loses one of my favorite character and for me, it wasn’t worth it. The Oracle makes me sad actually, the whole event for me was heart breaking and I can’t seem to get rid my irritation for Darcy. I do hope that in the third book, The White Thread, Darcy’s attitude would mature a little. She is really getting in my nerves.
Nothing much happened to the other guys in this installment and in spite the cliffhanger ending, I am looking forward to reading The White Thread. Take note that this installment does not lack the adventure and thrill that you seek in a fantasy novel. I definitely recommend The Gateway Chronicles series to everyone!...more
Mana has proven to be a fantastic read from the very start. This is one of those books that will make you enjoy reading novels by indie authors. WhatMana has proven to be a fantastic read from the very start. This is one of those books that will make you enjoy reading novels by indie authors. What really interested me was the story and how Tensei provided us with a detailed enough story to savour from page 1 to the end. MAna exceeded my expectation a lot. It was very descriptive, the characters were written very well and the pacing of the story was just right.
Okay, maybe there was something that I didn't like. It's the characters internal monologues. Sometimes I can be confused and later realized that the dialogue was "all in the head" or what the character thought so I'll go back and forth and re-read it but asides that everything was absolutely fantastic.
With the points stated above, I'd also like to add that I love how Tensei gave us the background of the whole story and their characters. I don't like novels that creates a blank whole within the story by leaving out the before. To sum it up, Mana is a recommended read. Mana isn't just a unique adventure with such awesome characters within a world beautifully detailed to the point by such a talented author. A story worth having in your reading list....more
Micah has the ability to see and feel things with a touch. It is an ability that she hates but she cannot control what she does. She has no hold whethMicah has the ability to see and feel things with a touch. It is an ability that she hates but she cannot control what she does. She has no hold whether what she shes is a past or future incident which makes it even worse for Micah. This is the reason why she wants to be left alone - until Landon.
Insight is a story focused on Micah and Landon on how they discover each others weakness and strength together. Micah is your typical teenager with a special gift. It sucks the life out of her and she hates every time it happens. She has nobody to talk to about her ability. For a female lead, she is definitely mature and tough. Her ability harden her to the point of seclusion from her peers. I actually felt sad with how Micah's life has turn because of her ability. She doesn't consider it a gift, rather it is a curse that is destroying her life one touch at a time. Landon on the other hand is written like your typical playboy - good looking, flirty, arrogant and rich. Landon is not all that however, deep within lies the sadness that nobody knows until Micah came into his life. The relationship between Micah and Landon was great. They have great chemistry and they are a good couple, each complementing the other in different ways. You'll see the development of their characters as the story unfolds and I love how they connected without it being instant.
The focus of the book is Micah's ability and the lack of information as to what it is. Micah has no knowledge of what she can do or how she ended up doing it which blindsides her of everything regarding her gift. Together with Landon, they will try to uncover the truth behind her ability and try to escape a group that is out to get them.
This is the first in a series and an unbelievable first. The plot is definitely interesting and I enjoy how Perry wrote it in "completeness" without giving everything to the readers. Until the last page, it'll leave you guessing on what will happen next. This is what I love about Perry's writing, she will always give you her best in her stories and her style is so easy to read and adapt to. Pacing was never slow and there was never a dull moment in the story. There were no holes as to the character, the story or the ending. The ending was definitely a hooker for Manipulation, the second book, and glad that I have it handy. :)
This is my third book by Perry. I have read Night Sky and then followed by Knee Deep. Two different books and both I enjoyed thoroughly and highly recommend. Night Sky and Knee Deep is so different from Insight but still captures Perry's amazing gift of story telling. Comparing the three will also showcase the flexibility of Perry as a writer unlike some authors....more