IN A NUTSHELL When I first saw this book I knew it was something I wanted to read. The cover alone is pretty and enticing. I seem to have a good relatiIN A NUTSHELL When I first saw this book I knew it was something I wanted to read. The cover alone is pretty and enticing. I seem to have a good relationship with the books written by Suzanne Young as well so it was no surprise that I enjoyed it. Before I even started the book I figured out at least some of what was going to happen. What I didn't expect was for the (almost ending.) I don't know if this will be a proper review because so much of the story lies within the twists and the whats of the story.
SETTING Hotel Ruby is the title so we know from that it's going to mainly take place in the hotel, but The Ruby is so much more than just the setting it's the soul of this book (along with other souls), it's a character in its self, it's a magnet for a special type of person.
A hotel can be an exciting setting because there's always a backstory to the the story. It can be a haunting one, an interesting one, or it can be a plain Jane one. The Ruby has a few stories, and the guests and employees tell it so beautifully if not a little creepy.
CHARACTERS Despite the crap that Audrey was dealing with I think she showed how strong she was. The hotel was making her a bit crazy, but she more or less kept her shit together. Even when things started taking a turn for the worse she believed. I'm not sure what option I would have chosen had I been her. Then we have Elias Lange, that mysterious, brooding boy who lives in a hotel. Catherine who despite being an ice queen throughout the story suddenly warms up a bit.
ENDING I knew some of the twists that happened, but I wasn't expecting the ending it had. I'm not sure if I was satisfied with it or not. I think it really showed who the characters were in the end.
SPOILER AHEAD SORT OF* In a way this story has a similar feel to another contemporary YA. Do you want to know which one? It might be a small spoiler. The book I'm thinking of is If I Stay by Gayle Forman. If you read that then this has that vibe of which would be better life or death?...more
MY THOUGHTS I put off reading this for almost a year because I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it. I mean I liked the synopsis, but I had never heard theMY THOUGHTS I put off reading this for almost a year because I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it. I mean I liked the synopsis, but I had never heard the story from which this one is being re-told, A Thousand and One Nights. Not only that, but I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the characters and the setting of it. I know now that I shouldn't push books like this a way. I should really try and be more open minded to new cultural and diverse books. It did take me a few pages to really get into it though, but as soon as I did I wanted to learn as much as I could about these characters.
SETTING The setting was something new to me so I enjoyed reading about it. I love how the author described these places so vibrantly.
CHARACTERS There were a ton of different characters in the book, but only a few I care to mention. Shahrzad or Shazi as I will call her is the main herione in the book she volunteers to be married to this boy-king who is known for killing his wives at dawn the day after they marry. So why is she taking on the responsibility because she wants revenge for the murder of her best friend Shiva. What she doesn't know is that she will be the one falling....falling for this boy. As strong and independent as she is she is also weak and emotional. I don't think I would be so forgiving and involved with the monster who killed my BF. Yes, she learns a bit of Khalids story as to why he is this way, but that should not matter. Khalid was the boy king who was known as this monster to the people in his country/town. He did not bare his soul to very many,and therefore no one knew the real reason behind the killings. I won't lie I had a soft spot for him when I learned of his past, and how he begin to treat Shazi not like a thing, but his mate. Tariq, Shazi's old friend was hell bent on saving her from the monster and killing him. Soon he learned that time changes things. Despina was such a fun character. I loved her banter and wit, and I'm glad that Shazi and her became some what close. It was their back and forth conversations I loved. Despina acted as a friend more than a handmaiden.
DOWNFALL I had a few downfalls with this book. The main downfall I had with this book was the names. This may seem like a stupid reason to put on here, but I get so tripped up trying to say the names and read it right that I sometimes get frustrated. Another downfall I had was how Shazi so quickly fell for this boy-king who murdered her best friend. Why? This person has taken away so many lives, and yet you have this connection with him.
ENDING In a way I'm glad I took this long to read it because now I won't have to wait so long for is sophomore book The Rose and the Dagger. I can't say that I enjoyed how it ended. I'm very much looking forward to one of the characters journeys.
MY THOUGHTS This is VERY different then Richelle's other books. If you get one thing from this review, it's this don't go into this thinking it will beMY THOUGHTS This is VERY different then Richelle's other books. If you get one thing from this review, it's this don't go into this thinking it will be a typical Mead book. IT'S NOT! I can't stress this enough. I love how Mead portrayed the soundless-ness of the village in the book by letting us know when they were talking. I loved the concept of the idea, and I believe up until the end it was an interesting idea. I would of loved if this was maybe a duolgy or something because we're left with some many un-answered questions I think.
SETTING I love that this takes place someplace very different then most books I read. I love the tiny village feel, and how everyone knows everyone. Mead did a good job at this setting and place she created.
CHARACTERS I really loved Fei. I think Mead does an excellent job with her main characters, and making them enjoyable and kick-ass. I know that Fei and Rose are WAY different, and they come from VERY different backgrounds but they have a lot of the same qualities I love when reading. I love that these girls can be kick-ass and yet still have this heart of gold. The family connection between Fei and her sister is one of the qualities I loved. Fei would do anything for her sister and it shows through show much in this story. Fei tries to keep her sister from becoming something less. Then we have Li Wei, who is a miner and going by their social standing is at the bottom of the chain. He was Fei's friend when they were little, and you could tell that they has chemistry from the start, but Fei kept denying her feelings because she was promised to someone else, but we all know how stories change, and once both them were in situations that they could be killed things change. I'm pretty happy that this was one of those stories where we know the love situation. Sometimes it better to have one love than many. :)
ENDING It was way to easily tied up with a bow, and just seemed to quick and thrown together. There isn't much I can say without giving away the ending, but something about it kinda says cheesy. I kind of wish it had another story coming because I would have loved to see what happens with the characters more....more
The stakes are definitely upped in Charmed the second book in Michelle Krys' Hexed Series. Ever since Indie found out she was a witch, and her life wen The stakes are definitely upped in Charmed the second book in Michelle Krys' Hexed Series. Ever since Indie found out she was a witch, and her life went through the ringer it seems to be non-stop. She doesn't know where her BF Paige is at, but she will STOP at nothing to find her. Even if it means going against the people who care for her (and are just trying to keep her safe.)
Basically the story revolves around Indie trying to find Paige and when she learns that she's trapped in a witch/wizard prison she finds a way to get there, and along the way meets some helpful (and hot) guides. Not only that, but she learns truths about others and herself that could either break or make her.
Indie is definitely becoming a favorite of mine for so many reasons. I mean sure she started off kind of bratty and snobby, but she's grown so much. She's caring and loyal to a fault, determined, strong willed and like I said will stop at nothing to find her friend. :) I enjoyed seeing her powers become something more than just flying, and what not.
Then you still have Bishop hanging around. We really didn't see a whole lot of him like I wanted. :( We did get to meet another yummy character named Cruz (see a paragraph above).
There are definitely some unfortunate events that happened that made me wanna cry.
The synopsis to the book is pretty much right on when it says if you like The Heist Society Books (Con Artists) by Ally Carter then you will enjoy thiThe synopsis to the book is pretty much right on when it says if you like The Heist Society Books (Con Artists) by Ally Carter then you will enjoy this one. Maybe, even the Gallagher Girls (Teenage Spies) books by Ally Carter. Also I think if you've read Robin Benway's Also Known As (Spies) books you might like this one.
Let's start from the beginning I was pretty excited to read this because I love spies, con artists, and mysteries where you get to follow the characters and try to figure things out with them. So when Julep found her apartment ransacked, and her dad missing she set out to find him with her trusty friend (sidekick), Sam. I honestly enjoyed that there was NOT a love storm brewing anywhere, but sadly that didn't last very long (sigh...I know right!) That's where Tyler comes in, but will get to him later. Like I said I enjoyed the beginning of the story, but somewhere along the pages it lost the things I loved about it. It became more or less a love story. While that's not a bad thing, I just wish it wouldn't have been on the frontline. I wish it would have been a back burner type thing because it seemed to bring our girl Julep down. Julep at the beginning of the story was awesome. I mean I loved the girl. She was strong-willed, believed in herself, knew who she was, but in walks this boy and shit hits the fan. I know love can make people do crazy things and be crazy. Just once I want a female character to stay strong, and say okay so you're hot we'll be cool, but I'm still not going to fall all over you. If you want to be my friend...be my friend. You see where I'm going wit this? I think her infatuation with the boy made her lose sight of who she was. With that being said Tyler was just Tyler, your typical hot, jock that every girl wanted but who only had eyes for Julep. Whether his intentions were honest , or crooked you'll have to read and see. Then you of course have the nerdy boy sidekick, Sam, who we later find something out about him. Oh and the Barista that Julep gets free coffee from.
As much as I thought I would be right when the ending came, I couldn't have been more wrong. I enjoyed following Julep along trying to figure out what her dads clues meant. I would think it was going one way and BAM it went another way. It was like I was on the hunt with her. It did have those twist and turns. People die, people betray one another. Fun times. ...more
Witches will forever and always be my most favorite of the supernatural. (I know that my favorite series happens to be about vampires, but overall it'Witches will forever and always be my most favorite of the supernatural. (I know that my favorite series happens to be about vampires, but overall it's witches that I love.) I think it's because they are the most relate-able to humans. I mean face it they're humans with magic. An old friend and I even had a never-ending story going about witches and fairies. Can you guess which I was?
With that being said, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy Hexed or not. Hexed is just one among millions of witch books out there, and you have to have something pretty amazing to catch my attention.
The beginning was a bit slow, but as the story progressed it picked up the pace. Things started to happen, and Indie began to learn who she was. (Being popular is not always what it looks to be) There were things that happened to her throughout the book that kept putting her in tough situations, but I believe she came out on top as best she could. -insert boy here-
What is it with these boys named Bishop that have this alluring factor to them. (See-The Book of Ivy) I'll admit at times I thought Bishop was an ass, but in time he became an ass that I liked. (personality wise people)
Paige is the kind of friend you always hope you'll have growing up, and then well on in to adult hood. Sure Indie treated her like a lepper for so many years, and then when Indie's life begin to crumble who was it she went to for help? Paige. She stood by Indie. I loved watching the friendship grow.
There were more characters throughout the story Jezebel (a hot with friend of Bishops), The Priory (Sorcerers set on killing witches), The Family (The Witches Coven basically), Aunt Penny (Indies wild Aunt), Leo (Bad guy), and more. I believe will see them a bit more in Charmed. Well at least some of them.
So with the pace and characters out of the way... There was one main part in the book that had me grasping my seat and gasping for air. I literally had an intake of air when (view spoiler)[Indi's mom died. (hide spoiler)]...more
It's interesting that I would request any type of book that's referenced with any history. It's not because I'm against it, but I remember history beiIt's interesting that I would request any type of book that's referenced with any history. It's not because I'm against it, but I remember history being boring in school. It's facts that I could care less about. Maybe, that seems a bit harsh, but I'm more of the creative type. I want to make up my own things. I don't care about what's happened. I should because that's how we learn from mistakes. -shrugs- So for me to read Prisoner of Night and Fog and enjoy it shocked me.
I enjoyed reading from the perspective of Gretchen. Gretchen seemed like a very strong-willed character, and even though things became though for her throughout the story with her brother, the way her father died, Herr Hitler, and other things. She stayed true and she did what she believed was right and I applaud her.
There aren't many female characters that I would put up next to Rose, but Gretchen is definitely one of them there was nothing whiny about her.
Then we have Daniel who is on the other side of the budding war between the national socialites and Jews, being a reporter for a Jewish newspaper he began to show Gretchen just what her beloved Hitler was all about . I love that Daniel also saw through Gretchen, and seemed to care for her and helped her learn the truth about her families past.
Another aspect I was 100% grateful for was NO love triangle!!! See this can be done, and you can still have an awesome story, I applaud you Mrs. Blankman.
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? ...more
Quick Thought (or not) Sometimes anthologies are hard to read for me because you start getting into the story, and then just like that it's over. My reQuick Thought (or not) Sometimes anthologies are hard to read for me because you start getting into the story, and then just like that it's over. My recent reading has been all over the place, and it seems that most everything is just okay. I thought that maybe if I read an anthology I could get a little bit of a variety with different authors writings, and seeing as how most of these authors I have yet to read anything from I figured it would be a good start. The only authors that I have read their other books are Lisa McMann, Richelle Mead, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, and Heather Brewer. So here's to reading some new authors such as Laini Taylor,
Gentleman send phantoms by Laini Taylor (25 pages) This story of prophecy is more along the lines of (well I can't think of the word so I left a blank space). A certain day of the year called St. Faiths Day girls (at the marrying age) bake a cake (sorry peeps no eating this cake) put their initials on it, and go to sleep, and hopefully wake to the guys phantom they're going to marry (and the initials in the cake as well) This is where Laini Taylors story begins with 3 girls Ava, Elsie, and Pippin (Cathy) long time friends baking their cakes together, and all secretly hoping,/b> that they'll get the cottage hottie, Matty. I will say that having not read Laini Taylors Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series (Yet! People don't judge me.) I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this one, and I will definitely have to bump them up the list. Her writing was enjoyable to read, and all though I was pretty certain with who Matty picked, I had my doubt. (I mean it's WAY obvious but still. Just saying.) All in all this story was a hit for me. :)