I have been waiting to read this book for MONTHS! I was so excited for it, and I thought it was going to be amazing. Then, there was a point somewhere...moreI have been waiting to read this book for MONTHS! I was so excited for it, and I thought it was going to be amazing. Then, there was a point somewhere in the middle of the book when I felt that the book was not going much of anywhere. I was sad, but I kept reading. I was sad for about 5 more pages and then bam! The end of this book really delivered! I was so relieved; I KNEW it would be good. I really, really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read the next one.
Wildefire was more of a setup for its' sequel for me. It has a lot of background information about all the characters and it takes a while to really get going, but once it gets there- oh man, will you be happy! The end of this book was crazy! Karsten Knight really knows the true meaning of surprising plot twists. And holy cliffhanger! I have no idea where to even go with this ending. Who do I believe? What is even going on? It's so crazy in such a great way! The last 50 or so pages were by far my favorite and by the way everything is shaping up, the second book is going to be amazing.
I can't wait to see what is going to happen with Ash and Eve next. I hope Ashline kicks her butt because Eve drove me crazy! (even though I kinda, sorta, maybe think her powers are cooler than Ash's. Just a little thought)
Ok, now for the reason that I thought the middle of the book kind of lagged a bit in some parts. I thought that the back-stories for the various characters were a bit long. They lost my interest after I had read the first two. Also, I like cliffhangers as much as the next girl, but a few times throughout the book the chapters ended abruptly. This is fine with me, but one or two times those particular story lines did not really get addressed again. They were just left there or referenced once. I would have liked those mini-cliffhangers to have been better addressed. One thing I did love about the layout of the story were the interludes. I thought that was a really cool way to break up the story and I thought they were perfectly placed. They were great breaks to the story.
Overall, Wildefire is a wonderful book! I loved it, and Karsten Knight needs to get the second book out right now so I can read it!(less)
I loved reading this book. Seriously, it just put me in such a good mood the whole time I was reading it. I stopped multiple times and just said, "I r...moreI loved reading this book. Seriously, it just put me in such a good mood the whole time I was reading it. I stopped multiple times and just said, "I really like this. This book is awesome."
At the start, it kind of reminded me of the way that Wicked Lovely started off. With one girl failing the "role" she was trying to fill and having to look for a new candidate. But this book was better than Wicked Lovely in my opinion. I mean they were really different concepts; one was about fairy's and one was about mythology and Hades (Henry), so it probably is not fair to compare them.
I love reading about Greek Mythology, and this was an awesome twist on the classic story of Hades and Persephone. Henry AKA Hades was so different than I had always thought of him, and I must say that I really prefer this version of him. I know that he is supposed to be all mean and bitter and he was so nice and smart and dreamy. I could see hints of the classic Hades anger problems but not so much that it would be annoying. I loved his characterization. He was distant at times and it annoyed me a little bit, but then I thought about how long he has been alone and I just felt so bad for him. I am hoping in the next book to maybe see some of his possessiveness that he had with Persephone. I don't want him to be annoying, but maybe a little jealousy would not be too much. I am a sucker for a slightly (and not overly) jealous guy in my books. I can't wait to find out.
I really liked reading about Kate and Ava's friendship throughout the book. Especially since, when I first started reading I thought Ava was going to be a class A jerk. That was one of the main things I loved about this book. Everything turns out so nicely. Each of the side-story lines and relationships has growth throughout the book and comes to a very satisfying ending. It was just an overall great read.
I also really liked James. That is a little difficult for me. Normally, I like to have a guy I am rooting for and a guy that I can dislike. But James makes it really hard for me to dislike him. But I don't want Kate to end up with him because I love Henry so much. I'm conflicted, and am so interested to see what is going to happen in the next book.
Awesome book, I would definitely recommend checking this book out. (less)
The Girl of Fire and Thorns continually surprised me. When I first started reading the book, I did not know what to expect. Then Elisa had an arranged...moreThe Girl of Fire and Thorns continually surprised me. When I first started reading the book, I did not know what to expect. Then Elisa had an arranged, and I thought the story would be about how her and her Husband got to know each other. The story turned out to be much less about them as a couple and much more about Elisa.
I liked this so much more! I wanted so badly to like Elisa's husband (the King) but I just didn't. He was weak and he really bugged me. I really disliked how his attitude towards Elisa abruptly changed at the end of the book. Without giving too much away, Elisa went through a number of "changes" throughout the book. All different kind of changes really, but I especially disliked the King's reaction to the new Elisa.
I loved Elisa the whole time! I thought she was a great heroine. very strong, even when she didn't think she was, and smart. I love smart girls.
There were so many things in this book that I did not see coming. The Girl of Fire and Thorns certainly knows how to keep you on your toes and hold your attention! I loved it!
There were so many men in Elisa's life. I liked all of them except the king. Now, I have no idea if I am alone in this thought or not- but I would really like to see more of Hector in the next book!! ;) A lot more actually. hehe
This book was so unique and action packed, and most importantly beautifully written. I enjoyed watching the story unfold in such a fluid way. The words just leap off the page and surround you.
There is a lot of religion in the book, so if that bugs you this book might not be for you. But I really urge readers to pick it up and give it a chance. I think you will love it just as much as I did. (I don't normally read books where religion is a prominent theme, for reference.)
I really liked this book. When I first found out it was about trolls, I was so skeptical. But it turned out really good.
I can't say im too fond of th...moreI really liked this book. When I first found out it was about trolls, I was so skeptical. But it turned out really good.
I can't say im too fond of the Queen, but that is not surprising, since she is such a cold character.
I do like Wendy- she is so feisty and strong willed. I love that she does not let anyone push her around. Unfortunately, I also really like Matt, and I was so upset when she had to leave him behind. I hope he plays a bigger role in the next two books and that things work out well for him because he is such a good guy.
And of course, I love Finn. He is so strong and moral. I want him to come and protect me. I was so sad at the end of the book, when he chose to leave because he was "looking out" for wendy and what was best for her. I cannot wait to see more interaction between Wendy and Finn in the next book.
The plot was interesting and has a good amount of mystery surrounding their world. Just enough to make you want to keep reading. I liked that I was left guessing and wanting more, but was never frustratingly confused about not knowing anything. I don't like books that leave you completely in the dark for too long, claiming they are trying to be mysterious.
Overall, this looks like it could be a very good series. There are still some loose ends to wrap up and more than enough room for more development and I am excited to see where the story goes.
Wow! I loved this book so much! This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books I have read this year. Great story and such a pleasure to read. I r...moreWow! I loved this book so much! This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books I have read this year. Great story and such a pleasure to read. I read this book in one sitting- I could not stop reading! The story just flowed seamlessly from one part to the next and all the words just jumped off the page. There was not one boring moment at all. The characters, the story, the details- all amazing! I don't even know what else to say without just gushing the same thing over and over again.
Let's start with the characters. Amelia had something about her; I instantly liked her. I loved going on the journey with her as she learned about her past and how she died. I have not read many ghost stories but I never thought about them not remembering their life. I really liked the way Tara Hudson described this area- as a ghost Amelia kind of started over and had to piece everything else together. It was like a mystery, wrapped in a paranormal, and mixed with an AWESOME romance.
Joshua is the boy in this story- and I want him all for myself! He is one of my favorite book boys that I have read about in such a long time! He has such a strong faith in Amelia and it never wavers. I love that so much. Another thing I loved was the romance aspect in this book was major! That was such a nice surprise, since so many of the books I have been reading lately have just been hinting at romance. Hereafter did not hint, it full on put the romance in the spotlight. And I devoured it! I love how Joshua was the only one that could make Amelia feel any kind of sensation- this meant a lot of touching in this book! yay! and I also loved how Tara Hudson described their touch as heating up like a fire. I thought that was a really cool way of describing how things are different for the two of them, since Amelia is a ghost.
Everything came together in such a nice and satisfying way. I loved everything about this book. I am not sure if there is going to be a second book because the ending kind of left some questions unanswered but still wrapped things up. So maybe that means there is a possibility of a sequel? I sure hope so! Wonderful book!(less)
I have been on such a great book streak! I think this is 3 or 4 books in a row that I have absolutely LOVED! This is the way reading should be; I shou...moreI have been on such a great book streak! I think this is 3 or 4 books in a row that I have absolutely LOVED! This is the way reading should be; I should finish reading a book with a big smile on my face. That is what happened when I finished Spellbound. I could not stop smiling. I just loved the book. I loved Brendan, I loved Emma, and I loved the story.
I have really been into books about witches and the supernatural lately, and this one did not disappoint at all. It had age old curses and some spells and lots of excitement. Not to mention the totally sigh worthy Brendan. Seriously, how perfect did he seem? He was such a nice guy, genuinely nice. You don't see too much of that anymore in YA; now people like to write about the dark, mysterious bad boy. And don't get me wrong, while I do love a bad boy once in a while, I always catch myself gravitating back towards the nice good boy. I remember thinking to myself early on in the story, "wow, Brendan seems too good to be true" and then crossing my fingers that he was that good. And the attraction between Emma and Brendan was too cute. I loved reading about it and I could not get enough of it.
The one thing I did not like so much were the length of the medieval stories. I know they were needed to get background information about the necklace, but I thought they dragged on for too long. When I was about 75% done with the side story, I had had enough of it. I think this was because I wanted to get back into the main story and back into the Brendan and Emma action. But honestly the rest of the story is so amazing that it really overshadows the few pages you have to plod through of background story. Its totally worth it!
I loved how this story ended but I want more of it! I'm not sure if there is going to be another book about Brendan and Emma, but I sure hope there is. There was an excerpt that seemed like it was going to be from Angelique's point of view. This could be really cool, since I liked her character, but I really want to see more of Brendan- so I hope he is still a main player in the next book.
You need to buy this book on June 28th! You will not be sorry!(less)
This was a really unique book. I have not read many books about bringing back the dead. I liked it! I genuinely had no idea how everything was going t...moreThis was a really unique book. I have not read many books about bringing back the dead. I liked it! I genuinely had no idea how everything was going to get resolved(or not resolved), so I had no problem staying interested in the story.
It was strange because the character that I connected most with was not the main girl, Wren. Instead, I connected with Gabriel. I loved Gabriel. He was patient and helpful and really kind. Way more understanding than I would have been in his situation. My feelings for wren were kind of all over the place. There were times that I felt bad for her, and just as many(if not more) times when I was annoyed with her. And my annoyance level ranged from slight to overwhelming. I can understand that she missed him and didn't know how to deal with her loss, but then the way she would treat Danny would rub me the wrong way. I know she didn't know what to do or how to react, but she felt like the cold one at times. And then when Gabriel was being so nice and trying to help, she got too snippy in my opinion.
I warmed up to her slightly in the end, but it was mostly because of how much Gabriel liked her. I liked him so much that some of my fondness for him rubbed off on Wren. I'm not sure if this is going to be a series or not, but I kind of want to know what is going to happen with Gabriel and Wren. I think there could be a really cool book about them and about Wren's powers.
Cold Kiss was a really good read. I enjoyed it- I just think my annoyance with Wren prevented me from full out falling in love with it. However, Amy Garvey's writing was Wren's saving grace. The situation was what really annoyed me about her, but the really beautiful writing in Cold Kiss got me to see past that (most of the time) and it was almost enough for me to be on team Wren. She still bugged me though. Danny and Gabriel were the stars of the book for me. Which in a way, is a good thing- two hot guys. Can't go wrong with that! I would recommend this book to others, it is definitely worth checking out!(less)
This book was really good. It reminded me of a Nicolas Sparks romance, the beautiful and sweet and sometimes sad kind of romance. This book was defini...moreThis book was really good. It reminded me of a Nicolas Sparks romance, the beautiful and sweet and sometimes sad kind of romance. This book was definitely all of those things. It really is such a nice love story. You do have to be in the mood for a nice romance book because if you are not, then certain parts can seem a little cheesy. But that's what romance is all about. I really liked it. Logan is so nice and sweet; though I was kind of annoyed that he would never tell Amber anything, but I understand that he wanted her to figure it out on her own. I could just feel Amber's frustration when she was trying to remember and he wasn't helping her.
I could really relate to Amber. She spoke about being scared and a hesitant person and I totally get that. Logan seemed fearless, but Amber wasn't. She was confused at times and she did not hide any of her emotions. When she was feeling something you could tell. I liked that about her. What you see, is what you get.
The story was beautifully done and really sweet to read. I wanted to be part of Logan's family because they were just so darn cute together!
Some parts made me so sad, I just wanted everything to work out for Logan and Amber right from the beginning, but I loved reading about their journey. The element of mystery surrounding them was also really cool, I couldn't wait to find out how everything fit together.
This book is great for anyone looking for a really sweet and powerful love story.
*There may be spoilers* This book was so mysterious. In a really good way! I really, really enjoyed it. Cameo is so complex. When I started out the boo...more*There may be spoilers* This book was so mysterious. In a really good way! I really, really enjoyed it. Cameo is so complex. When I started out the book, I just thought of her in a very one-dimensional way; as a killer. But as the story progresses you keep unraveling more parts of her past and she just becomes so much more real and interesting! I really liked her, I was surprised by how compassionate she was.
Black Opal was such a strange guy. He was peculiar, but I liked that about him. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen between him and Cameo. I’m really happy that he was such a major role in this story because I initially thought that he was only going to be a minor character. I also love how taken he is with Cameo. He goes out on a lot of limbs for her and I think that is just so cute.
I was astonished by how many plot twists and surprises there were. It was awesome! I can’t even tell you how many times I didn’t see something coming. And I love it when that happens. When a book can totally surprise me, and catch me off guard, it makes me so happy! I want to tell you guys some of the things that blindsided me while reading, but not knowing was part of the fun for me, so I won’t take that away from any of you. Just know that there are some really cool twists in this story. Once I got about 25 pages into this book I just did not want to put it down. At all. I had to know what was going to happen next. Would I be surprised again? Would I be able to guess what was going to happen? Not knowing if something was going to be revealed that would send the story in a completely different direction was really fun for me.
I will say that sometimes the story switched between different scenes kinda quickly. I was left with an incomplete picture at times and then just shifted over to something completely new. I know that adds to the mysterious vibe that I really enjoyed about this book, but it also left me confused at moments. And the cliffhanger! Oh that cliffhanger- it definitely did its job, I want to read the second book right now! (less)
This book was good! I have been reading so much young adult lately, that reading this adult book was a nice change up for me. It was different from ot...moreThis book was good! I have been reading so much young adult lately, that reading this adult book was a nice change up for me. It was different from other vampire stories that I have read, and I really enjoyed this take on the creatures.
It was really interesting, and the story was the perfect length. It didn't drag on and it wasn't too short and it wasn't too long. I loved Victoria, she was such a strong character, and Amanda Greene was so descriptive with everything. I experienced everything Victoria and Dorian were going through, right along with them.
Speaking of Dorian, He was so hot and awesome! I loved learning about his past and his kingdom. What took me by surprise though, was that he seemed so much gentler than the typical vampires that I have read about and imagined. There were a few moments in the story where his vampiric nature would shine through. But for the most part he seemed very controlled and human. For the most part, I really liked this about him. However; I would have also liked to see more of his vampire side, I think.
I also really liked that even though their relationship was very intimate for a good part of the book, it still took them a long time to say I love you to each other. This made it seem more realistic and not rushed at all.
This story was really great. Amanda Greene has such a way with description, which really made the story a joy to read. (less)
I love magic books. Mostly because there is just so much you can do with them. Stones to Ashes is a promising start to the Alchemists Academy series....moreI love magic books. Mostly because there is just so much you can do with them. Stones to Ashes is a promising start to the Alchemists Academy series. I found it to be a younger YA book than most I have read lately. The romance was very minimal (so far, at least) and it was very PG. This book was more focused on the adventure, or quest as they called it.
The book revolves around a tree. Yes, you read that right. The academy is IN a beyond enormous TREE. How is that for unique??! The description of the tree and how it worked was actually pretty cool. Because the tree is massive you have to navigate it through these portal things. They kind of reminded me of the Room of Requirement in Harry Potter. You just think really hard about the place you want to go or the person you want to see and you get sucked into the portal and spit out at your location. And speaking of Harry Potter, I bet you are wondering if this book is like that book at all. It has similarities in the fact that it is a school and there is magic, but the similarities are very general. I didn't find it to be too similar. I thought Kailin Gow did a good job making the story her own.
Alchemist Academy seems to be more about the darker side of magic and more about secrets. I swear, I still don't know who I can trust and who I can't for any of the teachers. And I love when a book can keep me guessing about characters.
I enjoyed reading the book from a male's perspective. I do want to get to know the characters better in the next book. They seemed to be a bit surface throughout this book. There is so much going on that it was kind of hard to get into the details about every single person and thing in the story. Stones to Ashes has really good "bones" so I am super excited to see what direction the next book (and the series) goes in. I would like to see a little more character development in book two. I was also a little confused about some things. Like, how long did Spencer and Alana go to the school before Writ showed up? and if they were not all new students, how did they end up in the same classes? Shouldn't writ have gone into beginning classes? But that was just a little nit picky point that didn't really interrupt the flow of the story for me- I just took notice of it. I do have to say, I love how Writ's power is developing. It seems beyond cool, and I know it is going to play a big role in future books.
Overall, I liked Stones to Ashes. Since this was a really ambitious world to set up in a book of this length, I think the second book will be a better indicator of which character I like and trust. I can't wait to see where this series goes. I think this would be a great series for young teen guys (and girls!) to get into. (less)
I love this series! I think I liked this book even more than the first one! I am a history nerd so I was so excited when the french revolution was wor...moreI love this series! I think I liked this book even more than the first one! I am a history nerd so I was so excited when the french revolution was worked into this book. And Surprised! I did not see it coming- great twist! This book had just as much going on as the first one. But while the first one was non-stop moving and action; this book took some more time to develop the characters and their own stories more. I loved both approaches. The first book grabs your attention and this one is really satisfying because I felt like I really got to know everyone. I loved it!
I loved learning more about the characters pasts. I think that was my favorite thing about the book. Seeing how everyone's sub-story and past fit into the bigger plot of the book. I loved meeting Edel and learning about him. I liked him so much. He genuinely liked Cameo and you can tell that he really was happy to have a companion. He really wanted her there forever because he was so lonely. He was 180 degrees different than cameo's master. Where the master is cruel, Edel is more kind. He was as human as a vampire can get. Great character.
I was also really happy with the way that Cameo and Opal's relationship developed in this book. Cameo took some huge steps in admitting that Opal meant something to her. It was so agonizing seeing them in two different places for most of the story and knowing that they wanted to be together and could not.
The ending was so sad. I really, really hope there is going to be another book because I want to know what is going to happen with everyone. I didn't like the ending very much because I did not want this book to end! At all!! I wanted to keep reading for another few hundred pages. I flipped the page on my kindle and it just said "end" at the top and I literally yelled out "no!!" because I was not prepared for the book to be over. I need more Cameo. I am also hoping for a little bringing the dead back, magic for a certain vampire. I really am loving this series and I can't wait for another book! (less)
I LOVED the Goddess Test so I was so freaking excited to read Goddess, Interrupted. And it lived up to all of its expectations. I love mythology so mu...moreI LOVED the Goddess Test so I was so freaking excited to read Goddess, Interrupted. And it lived up to all of its expectations. I love mythology so much and I actually just posted another YA mythology review this week for Meg Cabot's Underworld. Even though both of these books deal with Lords of the Underworld, they are not really very similar at all. And I loved both of them.
I really like Kate and Henry. Sure, he is a little hard to read. Ok, make that super duper hard to read, but I just kept rooting for them. I did get a little frustrated at them a few times, but it was only because I liked them together so much that I wanted them to both pull their heads out of their respective butts and start treating the other one better.
Kate is really brave and I admired that most about her. She is not fearless, she has fears and insecurities but she learns to deal with them and she does what she has to do. She can be a little rash at times, but her heart is in the right place.
What I really like about this book is that the whole gang of gods and goddesses are present. They each have such distinct personalities and they personify their greek myth counterparts so well. Aimee did an amazing job with their characterizations.
Goddess Interrupted is very much like the first book, which was awesome for me. I loved the first book, and I loved the second one. If you had issue with the first book, you would probably have the same issues with this book, but if you are on the fence about the series I say read it. There are moments between Kate and Henry that will melt your heart! Seriously anyone who has read the book, please comment/email me/tweet me, because I want to talk with someone about it! This book just made me smile and I need to know what is going to happen next because the way this one ended left me hungry for more!(less)