First off, I have to say complete and total cover love. I absolutely love this cover and it represents the book pe...moreFull review at Bookaholics Anonymous
First off, I have to say complete and total cover love. I absolutely love this cover and it represents the book perfectly. I've always been interested in ghosts, and stories about them. Whether they're real stories or made up. So it's no surprise that I would come to love Anna Dressed in Blood. When you first read the synopsis you're thinking (or I was thinking) this is going to be a gory, dark, horror/thriller driven book. I mean with Cas going around killing ghosts. You know people who are suppose to be ALREADY dead? How can it not be a horror story, or a thriller? You never know what might pop out at you.
Kendare Blakes writing is to die for. (I know, I know I couldn't help myself) I love how descriptive she was with the ghosts, and Anna (and her dripping blood red dress). I fell in love. I know it's kind of hard to imagine falling in love with a book like this because it definitely did not hold anything back. When someone died a horrible death it described it perfectly. I'm not sure how I would know what a perfect horrible death is, but it read well. When an author can make you look over your shoulders while your reading that is a sign of awesome writing in my opinion. I kid you not I was sitting in my moms apartment building parking lot at like 10:30pm (I was waiting on my brother) and I started reading this, and I maybe got a chapter read and quit because I kept hearing things and looking in my backseat. Can we say chicken? (There's a shed and an old camper sitting across the way which made it worse.) I loved the way it made a complete 180 or is 360? Anyways, I like how it went from one thing to something else. I was like okay this is not what I was expecting, but it worked for me. I like being completely wrong about things it makes it that much more fun to read.
First off the cover it's pretty simple yet it says a lot about the story. Especially, the wording as I was looking at the cover more it dawned on me e...moreFirst off the cover it's pretty simple yet it says a lot about the story. Especially, the wording as I was looking at the cover more it dawned on me exactly what it was, and it made me laugh. I can't go into detail because of the story itself, but I had to laugh a little at it. Still, I love it and the eyes on the girl. I would love to have bright blue eyes like that.
So it took me awhile to finish this and I wasn't to thrilled with most of it because it took so long to get to the point, but reading the ending and t...moreSo it took me awhile to finish this and I wasn't to thrilled with most of it because it took so long to get to the point, but reading the ending and the first little bit of Fever I'm excited to read the second book.(less)
I absolutely love Lisa's Writing. Her stories are always so haunting and full of sadness at least the two I've read. If you haven't read anything by h...moreI absolutely love Lisa's Writing. Her stories are always so haunting and full of sadness at least the two I've read. If you haven't read anything by her I definitely recommend it. The stories are written in versus form so they're easy to get through, but you will walk away with this amazing feeling. Even though most are about death, and what one might go through. It also shows through the characters struggles that there is hope.(less)
I honestly thought I wouldn't enjoy this book after I started reading it, but boy was I wrong I soon fell in love with the story and characters. The m...moreI honestly thought I wouldn't enjoy this book after I started reading it, but boy was I wrong I soon fell in love with the story and characters. The mystery and suspense on what was going on with Elijah was just one of the many things that held my attention.
I haven't actually finished it yet, but I'm about 100 pages away.(less)
I made the mistake of reading some reviews of Carrier of the Mark before starting it. Therefore, I went into it thinking Twilight. Which didn't bother...moreI made the mistake of reading some reviews of Carrier of the Mark before starting it. Therefore, I went into it thinking Twilight. Which didn't bother me too much because I'm not one of those people who absolutely hated it. While I'll agree Carrier of the Mark had some very, VERY close similarities to Twilight it also held its own. If you want to get technical and everything then you have to say this about a lot of the books that came after Twilight. There are even books that came after Harry Potter that were close to it. Books that are close to Vampire Academy. So it's all good and dandy if you want to compare books, but just remember the Authors will have a slightly different take on things. Also I will say a few of my reviews do point out the fact that certain books (if you want to know which ones you'll have to look through my reviews) share these similarities, but I also try to point out the differences in them as well. Instead of just completely tossing it under the bus as a rip-off. I know this may come off as kind of rude, but it's only my opinion.
Now I will get off my soapbox. -steps down-
Carrier of the Mark really is a good story (twilight similarities aside).While the writing was nothing spectacular it was enjoyable. There were parts that sounded magical. It kinda made me want to be in that moment.
"He threw his arms up again. This time the wall rose higher and arched inward, until it finally met above our heads. It was like being underwater, our own private water cave. I could see fish swimming through the liquid ceiling high above us. The sun behind turned the sea dome a shimmering aquamarine. It glittered and sparkled like nothing I had ever seen. " -page 268
I enjoyed Leigh Fallon's take on the elemental aspect of the book, although there were some points where Fionn and the others were trying to explain the Carriers of the mark and the order to Megan that I just plain got confused. I eventually figured it out. It's something about books that have the elements in it that I enjoy. The whole Earth, Fire, Wind, and Air thing gets me. I think it would be interesting to be able to control those, and then there's the fifth one that always pops up later in the story. If you've read any elemental books I'm sure you can guess the fifth one.
I actually adored all the characters as well. It took some of them a bit longer to warm up to our MC, but eventually you knew it was going to happen. I saw Megan as being a lot stronger then other heriones, and her relationship with Adam although, it was insta-love -sigh- I still liked it better then others. Oh and as of right now I didn't notice a love triangle. Thank you Leigh Fallon!
Needless to say I'm extremely excited for Shadow of the mark.
MY THOUGHTS: Going into this story I didn't know what to expect like everyone else I was expecting a Thumbelina like experience. (I use to love that movie when I was younger.) That is definitely the opposite of what I got. Yes, Lina was tiny, but that's about as far as the similarities went. Starting off I thought that it was going to be this cute, fluffy read with pixies and the main MC finding love. I guess in a way it was, but I also found it to be much more. What I took away from it is that you should be happy with the skin you in, size doesn't always matter, looks don't always matter it's the personality people fall in love with.
It was kind of fun to see that a reality tv show was part of a plot in the book. Although I'm not a fan of the bachelor or bachelorette that's kind of what it was like, but it was dealing with the very first of her kind. I really would have liked to learn more about the 6 different guys. I felt it was focused mostly on Row, a little on Blue, and not much on the others. We find out why closer to the end of the book though.
I loved Lina as a main character. Her cute little charming self and her willingness not to give up. There were times if I were her where I would have been like forget it, but she kept fighting even when crap was at rock bottom. I think it was her love for Jack that kept her going.
The one thing that was kind of out of place for me was the beginning of the story where she was fighting or training with the falcon. Why? It never showed back up in the story as far I could see. Is it something that will be explained more in an upcoming book? (less)
I wanted, wanted, wanted to love this book so much because it had all the aspects I love in a book the spies, powers, and academies. Somewhere along the line it fell short for me. Maybe, it was that I'd felt like I had experienced this plot before. Push the movie anyone? Seers, readers, companies wanting to use people and their abilities? I understand that it's going to be done over and over again, but if that is the case give it some little thing that's going to make it stand out. Make me want to feel for the characters that are in these horrible circumstances. Where I loved Evie and pretty much every character in the Paranormalcy series, I couldn't bring myself to love these characters. They had this co-dependency on each other. Annie needed Sofia to stay at the school, Sofia needed Annie to keep her from falling deeper into her thoughts, it just kept going. I didn't care much for Eden when she did show up. It felt like James was pretty much using all the girls. There just wasn't a character I cared for until the very, very end.
The flipping back and forth between Fia and Annie and past and present with each chapter hurt my head a little. I mean having to remember what was going on 2 or 3 chapters back to understand the chapter I was reading. It just didn't work well for me. (Now this just sounds confusing)
The only thing that saved this book from its death with me was the twist at the end. What an end! It'll keep me reading the series to see what happens.
This was definitely not the Paranormalcy Series. Anyone who says other wise is a liar. I'm hoping that maybe it's just a first book thing for this series, and that Perfect Lies, the second book, will recover from the wounds that were Mind games.
QUOTES "Instead I think about everything in the whole entire world that makes me angry--there is a lot, oh, there is a lot---and I start singing Justin Bieber at the top of my lungs." pg 43
"Then he was dead. Poor cute dead kid." pg 57(less)
I'm pretty sure this has been said many times before but the cover is what drew me into this book. I'm sorry I don't care how many times they use a gi...moreI'm pretty sure this has been said many times before but the cover is what drew me into this book. I'm sorry I don't care how many times they use a girl in a fancy dress as a book cover, I will forever and always love them especially if the colors are right like Shatter Me (before they did the awful cover change), Teardrop (before they went and changed it as well), The Selection Series.
I realize I'm just getting around to reading this series actually it's the first book by this author I've read granted I have Teardrop and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. I guess it wasn't until now that I felt compelled to read it. Maybe, seeing the book being turned into a movie also helped.
Going back and reading some reviews, I believe a lot of them had it right saying that it was a bit slow to begin with, and honestly not much of a plot. I don't know if the plot just isn't there because it's a first book (which would be my guess), or if it is there, but I just didn't pick up on it. Fallen was more of a character story. It was Luce getting sent to this boarding school, and meeting these two hot, mysterious guys, one whose bound to be good, and one bound to be bad it's typical. It followed Luce through her stalkerish ways to find out more about this Daniel who would be hot and cold with her. As she was doing this she also had the attention of the other guy Cam, who I'm going to admit I kinda fell for in the beginning. Boy was I stupid to do that. The story really didn't pick up and get past this love triangle until almost the end when the climax of the story took place. Which wasn't really that great of one because what could have been an awesome scene was skipped over to go back to Luce who was of course the damsel in distress...-hangs head- ...and although the little part that was put into that scene was sad
Going into the story already knowing what Daniel was kinda sucked a bit, but I guess if you think about it....it would have been pretty obvious had the synopsis not stated it. The details that Luce gave about what she saw in her dreams, and during other times was pretty much saying look at me I'M AN ANGEL!. I will say at the start of the story he was a complete jackass, and his on again/off again bs was getting to be a bit much. As the story went on I started leaning towards Daniel though more then Cam for obvious reasons later on. So I forgive Luce a bit for feeling the same.
Cam was a bit harder to figure out at the beginning of the story because he genuinely seems to like Luce, and I'm sure he still does, but for them not being together he sure seemed possessive and jealous. If the girl is not your girlfriend calm the F down man.
Then there was tiny Pennyweather "Penn" Van Syckle Lockwood. I loved her just for her odd name :) but really she was a sincere friend that Luce made, who pretty much had the run of the school, and along with Luce she helped find out more about Daniel.