I thought for sure I might like this thrid one a bit better (because I actually really liked the third movie over the first two), but after reading "E...moreI thought for sure I might like this thrid one a bit better (because I actually really liked the third movie over the first two), but after reading "Eclipse," I think "New Moon" is actually a better read. "Eclipse" has it's moments: like the flashback stories of Jasper and Rosalie which are done to perfection, all the great Charlie and Bella humor and emotion which feels like the most genuine relationship in the books, and I really love any scene with Alice. The teenage-love elements of this came across as often corny and a bit too silly for my taste. And some of the dialogue literally had me squirming which is never a good sign. When Edward suddenly switched to calling Bella "love" constantly near the end, it honestly felt a bit out of character. Another element of the book I didn't really get into was the whole Victoria/Riley villainy. Because of the story being entirely told from Bella's point of view, I didn't really feel much of a threat between Victoria and Riley (which is the complete opposite of how I oddly felt about the movie). So I guess what I'm saying is that I felt the movie was done better and portrayed (better I think) what Stephenie Meyer was going for in the book which was that aspect of unknown terror and the powerlessness to stop it. Overall, I liked the book and could tolerate bits (until some of it literally made me laugh), but it's probably second after "New Moon" for me. Looking forward to where "Breaking Dawn" leads though.(less)
I actually *gasp* LIKED this book! The "Twilight Saga" has been a series of books that I casually enjoy. I don't consider myself a "Twihard" or a "tea...moreI actually *gasp* LIKED this book! The "Twilight Saga" has been a series of books that I casually enjoy. I don't consider myself a "Twihard" or a "team whoever" person. I just like to read the books, and be in the know with the rest of civilization. I've always had problems with Stephenie Meyer's overall writing style (which I find much too simplistic) and her lack of good villains (villains usually make a book for me). But I think Ms. Meyer did pretty well with this final installment.
Once again, the book opens with the cheesy-as-hell romance that is Bella/Edward. The whole time I'm thinking, "I want more Alice/Jasper." We get the wedding, and the honeymoon, and the sex scenes that we're just too weirdly wrote. And ta-da! Bella is pregnant! The book gets very interesting once Meyer switches the narrative to Jacob's perspective. It was refreshing to be in a new mind, and to see those different types of relationships that we don't get to see because the narrative is usually all Bella. I really loved the whole Jacob/Leah/Seth dynamic. Fun, really.
And the moment we've all been waiting for: Vampire Bella! And we are introduced to Edward and Bella's daughter Renesmee (I've seen reviews and complaints with people hating on the name, but I actually think it's kind of adorable. Am I missing something?)
I think what I like about the second half of the novel is the lack of the Edward/Bella cheesy-as-hell romance. It's way toned down. I actually kind of felt that Edward became a non-entity in some weird way. It's all about protecting Renesmee, Bella discovering her new talents, and the introduction of all these super awesome new vampires. And vampires that I want to read books about, too! I was most interested in the Egyptian coven, the Denali clan, and Garrett (who was played brilliantly and sexily by Lee Pace in the movie). If Stephenie Meyer must write new books, I'd really love to see some focus on these other vampires because, honestly, they were cool and they were what made this second half of the novel as good as it was. It wasn't Edward and Bella that made the book for me, it was all the side characters.
I really don't have anything else to say about the series, other than that I'm impressed that I actually really liked this book compared to the others. It's been reviewed to death already, haha!(less)
"The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer" by Lucy Weston tells the untold story of Elizabeth Tudor's reign. On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth visits the tomb of her mother, Anne Boleyn, and is told of her ancient lineage that has hunted vampires for centuries. The king of the vampires is Mordred, the bastard son of King Arthur. Mordred wants to rule alongside Elizabeth and turn her into a vampire. Elizabeth must fight for the safety of her country, learn to find herself as a newly anointed queen, and fight against her desires for Mordred.
I knowingly went into this book not expecting anything outstanding. Most books in this historical-paranormal retelling genre tend to be silly and you're just supposed to go with it and have fun. And while I know that, I still expect the writing to be just as top notch as any other book. This book seemed to be a mess. It started off really interesting. I liked the premise of Elizabeth Tudor being descended from vampire slayers, and that Morgan Le Fay of Arthurian legend is her ancestor through her mother's line. I also was amused with Mordred from Arthurian legend being the king of the vampires. It was after the first couple chapters where things fell apart for me. There is constant talk of hunting vampires, but never any action to do so. Instead we get Elizabeth and Robin (Robert Dudley) constantly arguing and trying to figure out their relationship. And the synopsis of the book makes it sound like Elizabeth and Mordred have some sort of love affair, but there's nothing there. When I think of vampire slayers, Buffy obviously comes to mind, and I think of a slayer as just being someone who goes around fighting and using wooden stakes to dispose of the living dead. In this book, Elizabeth never once uses a wooden stake. Instead she has some weird sort of magical ability where she flings light out at the vampires and they die that way. What? That was so disappointing and kind of lame. I wanted to see Elizabeth literally kicking butt, getting messy, and really being part of the action.
The ending of the novel was a big let down. Reading the author interview at the end makes it sound like this is intended to be a series of books with Elizabeth fighting vampires. I don't think I'm even mildly interested in continuing if that's the case. The book had no sort of conclusion, at least not what I was expecting, and it ultimately just went no where. It felt like the novel was reaching the climax...and then suddenly it just stops and you flip the page and the book is done. The use of Mordred was underused and not developed anywhere near as good as it could have been.
As a note to anyone who does read this book, "Lucy Weston" is supposed to be a pseudonym. I really had no clue until I read the "author" interview at the back of the book. Apparently Lucy Weston is a character of sorts as well. She found this transcript and published it. Also, Lucy was the inspiration for Lucy Westenra from Bram Stoker's "Dracula," but he changed her last name in the story. So the author is a vampire who is trying to spread the truth about vampirism in England throughout history. Or something like that. A neat idea, but I think this could have been stressed at the beginning of the book instead of the ending in an author interview where most readers probably won't venture.
I really enjoyed Seth Graham-Smith's "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter." What I liked about it so much was that the writing was outstanding and I liked how Graham-Smith intelligently rewrote Lincoln's history and just threw in some vampires. It all made sense in the context of the story. And yeah, you weren't supposed to take it seriously, but have fun with it, which I did. The important thing is how well written it was. "Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer" didn't have that same atmosphere to it like "Abraham Lincoln." "Elizabeth Tudor" felt like it was taking itself too seriously and trying to be literary, but it wasn't. At least in "Abraham Lincoln," I really fell in love with the characters and story and Graham-Smith's interesting retelling. I can't say I really liked any of the "Elizabeth Tudor" characters, and like I said, the story really went know where for 300 pages. When I read a book about vampires, I expect their to be action and blood. This, sadly, was a disappointment, though the premise itself had massive potential. (less)
I've been re-reading through the first three books of the "Twilight" series and decided to get myself a copy of this novella before I make my way to t...moreI've been re-reading through the first three books of the "Twilight" series and decided to get myself a copy of this novella before I make my way to the final book.
"The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" is a novella taking place during "Eclipse" about the newborn vampire, Bree, who doesn't show up until the ending pages of "Eclipse." At the start of the story, Bree is already three months old. She's still confused about her new life, unsure of the things she can and can't do. All she knows so far is that she was created by an unknown woman (Victoria), and placed in Riley's army with other newborn vampires. She quickly forms a bond with Diego, another newborn, who shares some of her questions about their vampire lifestyle and why they are part of this army. The story quickly progresses to those last five days leading up to the attack on the Cullen clan, who all the newborns are lead to believe are their rivals for Seattle. And if you've read "Eclipse," you already know Bree's tragic end.
The book is tiny, and a very quick read, but I think it was actually quite informative to the universe Stephenie Meyer has created. The story actually filled in some questions I've always wandered about vampires in general. For example, I've never understood why it was so important to burn vampires if you tore them to bits. This novella explains that easily enough: vampires can apparently reattach their body parts with their venom. That was a detail I found myself interested in since the "Twilight" books never mention it.
There was also some interesting characters throughout. Like Diego and Freaky Fred. And it was nice to see more of Riley. In my review of "Eclipse" I said something about feeling like Victoria and Riley didn't feel like much of a threat. But with this novella, I got a greater since of just how dangerous they were.
And do you know what I liked most about this story? The lack of the whishy-washy, lovey-dovey crap between Bella and Edward. Jeez, such a relief! Bree did have a bit of a romance going on with Diego, but it wasn't annoying or desperate.
For fans of the "Twilight" series, I highly recommend you read this. I felt like blank spots, or general questions about vampires was answered. Plus, if Edward/Bella annoy the hell out of you, you can at least escape them for a couple hundred pages.(less)
Can I just begin by saying that the "Clockwork Angel" cover artwork is the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen? So gorgeous in fact that I didn't reali...moreCan I just begin by saying that the "Clockwork Angel" cover artwork is the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen? So gorgeous in fact that I didn't realize at the very top it said that the book was a prequel to Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series until after I had purchased the book. That being said, I have not yet read the "Mortal Instruments" series, though I plan on doing so in the future. So I basically went into this book having no prior knowledge of the series that created the prequel. And fortunately, I read this book with no confusion or questions. Cassandra Clare did a great job of making this book stand alone for those who have never read the "Mortal Instruments." But on to "Clockwork Angel" itself: I really loved this. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. From start to finish I felt like the book kept up a great pace and was exciting on practically every single page. And the characters! Loved them all, even the snide and pompous Jessamine! I'm all ready a fan of the Will/Tessa relationship and the charming Jem. Loved the vampire Camille and the mysterious Magister/Mortmain. And I certainly wasn't expecting the reveal of Nate until it literally happened on the page. In general, I'm a fan of any book that takes place in Victorian England and I loved the supernatural elements introduced within that era and culture. The book is also a great Young Adult book and for any reader of any age. Just really fun, dramatic, and some really great characters.(less)
**spoiler alert** Finally! I've been dying to read book 2 since book 1. Got this for Christmas and it was the first thing I flew in to reading.
So much...more**spoiler alert** Finally! I've been dying to read book 2 since book 1. Got this for Christmas and it was the first thing I flew in to reading.
So much going on in this book that it's difficult to even know where to begin: The Will/Tessa/Jem triangle heats up (and surprise, Jem proposes to Tessa!); why Will's such an ass (it was a curse, but all along the curse wasn't real); Jessamine's a Shadowhunter traitor (my god, she and Nate got married); the beginnings of a relationship between Sophie and Gideon Lightwood (*squee* worthy); Benedict Lightwood thinks he's so smart (haha, he has demon-pox); no sign of the Magister (but Nate dies, which I found oddly sad); and Magnus is so badass (I want a whole series of books on him). So that's basically the book in a nutshell.
The book, like the first, takes place entirely in London at the Institute and some surrounding areas, but the action also briefly goes elsewhere to the York Institute. There's a lot of dialogue in this installment more so than action, but everything said is quite vital to later developments. Some questions asked in the first book are answered (like why Will behaves as he does), but other questions (especially those regarding the Magister's purposes for Tessa)are still left open and we are also given even more thoughts to ponder. Book three should be one hell of a book. Cassandra Clare seems to know what she's doing with all these plot points, so I have faith that every question I have will be answered and anything seeming random will make absolute sense in the end.
Oh, and the cliffhanger ending with Will's sister, Cecily, showing up should make for some interesting scenes in the next book.(less)
**spoiler alert** Finally! I have gotten my hands on the "Mortal Instruments" series. I've heard alot about this series and I've been dying to start....more**spoiler alert** Finally! I have gotten my hands on the "Mortal Instruments" series. I've heard alot about this series and I've been dying to start. I had read "Clockwork Angel" prior to starting this series, so I had some high expectations in my enjoyment.
Really enjoyed this first book. I actually liked every character---even if they were meant to be annoying, a betrayer, or a villain. Clary is a believable teenager I think. She's insecure, she conflicted about her feelings for Jace and Simon, she's having mommy and daddy issues. The only bits of her character that I found unbelievable was her Super Smartness, as I'll put it. Clary sure did know some fancy words, that I felt a sixteen year old would have know idea what they meant. And I got that she loved to paint and draw, but does that have to mean she knows every painting and painter under the sun? I felt like her smartness was a bit too much and out of place at some places in the story.
Jace: loved him! Such a smart-ass and his sarcasm and wit was my cup of tea. He felt very believable to me and I really felt for him by the end. Doesn't hurt that he's described as the hotest man in the world.
The shocking sibling reveal: I don't think I was expecting that to be honest.
Alec and Isabelle: love them! Need I say more?
I think the overall plot was quite cohesive and well thought out. I do feel like a lot of it was filler. The book probably could have been cut down 100 pages and still made sense, that's how much filler there was that had nothing to do with the main plot.
Can't wait to get into book 2 later today. Loving the series so far!(less)
**spoiler alert** Another great book! I felt that this had a really great controlled plot and pretty much every scene felt important. Alot of great ch...more**spoiler alert** Another great book! I felt that this had a really great controlled plot and pretty much every scene felt important. Alot of great character development. I do wish Alec and Isabelle popped up a bit more. One thing I was a bit irked about was how Isabelle was used: one little accident and then Clare basically throws her out of the final battle. Isabelle finally gets to the scene and then she's hurt! Gah! Clary gets to see some action, why can't Isabelle? I was frustrated with how Clare treated Isabelle in this book---as if she's some type of whiny damsel or something. I know Isabelle's tougher than that. I'm also loving Magnus Bane. His characater was basically a sub-minor character in "City of Bones" and in this we finally get to see him do quite a bit. And I honestly think he stole all the scenes he was in. Clare gives him such fantastic dialouge. I could read a whole book on him.
Another thing that bothered me a bit is the whole Clary/Jace relationship. So...they do have unnatural feelings for each other? It's like Clare was trying to get that point across without ever saying it. Just say it woman! Call it incest or whatever you like, but it just needs to be said instead of all the looks and cut-off sentences. I admit, their whole relationship is sexy in a dirty, perverted, creepy way, which is why I'm of the firm belief that Clary and Jace are not really brother and sister. Why give them all this sexual tension? I have a feeling that it will be revealed that they aren't truly siblings. I just can't imagine this series continuing and Clare letting the two start having romantic feelings and have them remain siblings. I can just see all sorts of groups protesting if that's how things turned out. So for Clare's sake, I hope some miraculous revelation occurs.
Really loved Simon in this book too. In "City of Bones" he just felt like a plot device, but I truly think he actually did a lot of good in this book and helped to pile on all the tension that Clary's feeling in regards to both her relationship with Simon and Jace. The whole vampire thing was a great twist. And it wasn't revealed at the end of the book, but I have a feeling there's something up with Jace's blood that allowed Simon to go out into the daylight after Jace let Simon drink from him.
Looking forward to book 3. Hope the series continues to stay really good.(less)