I can't add much to the other critical reviews on here except to say that this was like watching two people running side-by-side on treadmills as they...moreI can't add much to the other critical reviews on here except to say that this was like watching two people running side-by-side on treadmills as they look adoringly into each other's eyes to the exclusion of all else.
In other words, it's amazing for that couple but pretty much sucks for everyone else. It's like the time I took my best friend and his GF out and discovered the definition of "third wheel".
Boring. Uncomfortable. Awkward.
Sam didn't seem like a male of any sort to me. Even beta males have some defining male-ish-ness to them, but he seemed wimpy even by emo standards.
The biggest plot issue to me was the fact that:
a) Grace never turned into a wolf b) Early on she mentions almost dying of the heat of the car her father left her in c) Heat is often mentioned as being the only thing keeping the werewolves in human form d) NOBODY makes this connection until almost the very end
I figured it out the very second she mentioned it. And then the remedy they come up with is so ludicrous that I burst into laughter when Isabella mentioned it.
I didn't care at all for Twilight, but my god, I was hoping Jacob would show up and kill these poser werewolves because these were the worst werewolves EVAR!! I read paranormal because I like to think, "oooh that'd be so cool if I could be a vampire and stalk girls by sneaking into their bedrooms even though I'm like a hundred years older than they are!"
But these werewolves don't have super strength, immortality, or anything cool except they can heal. But even then they get all scarred up! And who wants scarred up weak werewolves stalking them in their bedrooms? Nobody, that's who!
BUT for those who like Twilight, I can wholeheartedly recommend this!
I'm just obviously not the target for this novel. :D
It may sound like the perfect way to cap off a romantic evening, but the little blue pill in Vs. Reality causes an entirely diffe...moreKick-Ass on Steroids!
It may sound like the perfect way to cap off a romantic evening, but the little blue pill in Vs. Reality causes an entirely different sort of explosion. Side effects may include super-human strength, Pantene-perfect hair, glowing eyeballs, and the inadvertent destruction of those around you.
After a fight outside a night club almost kills him, Donovan Cole manifests superhuman strength and discovers he's one of a few humans who can activate super abilities by taking an experimental drug known as Muse. I'm all about that. Ever since seeing Limitless, I'm willing to try anything to crank my IQ up out of the double-digits.
Unfortunately for Donovan, a powerful organization called the Collectors is out to kidnap, experiment on, and ultimately erase people like him. His future boils down to a choice: Use his powers to run, or stay and fight? Personally, I'd hunt down Wonder Woman and join the mile-high club on her invisible jet.
The action in Vs. Reality flows so seamlessly that you can hear the music soundtrack playing in your head--at least I did because I think life should be a musical. From the opening sequence to the final chapter, events sweep Donovan Cole from failed ultimate fighter to possible savior of the world. The action sequences are tense, and due to the nature of the heroes involved, you never quite know what's going to happen next.
VsReality IS Kick-Ass on steroids. If you enjoyed that movie, you'll love this book. It's like tossing comic books and action novels into a Vitamix blender and enjoying a luscious, yet nutritious treat!
Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, capturing rogue paranormals and locking them up so they do no harm to non-paranormal o...moreEvie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, capturing rogue paranormals and locking them up so they do no harm to non-paranormal or whatever you would call people without paranormal powers. For now, let's call them "normal".
Hey, it's fantasy, so I get to make up all the words I want!
So Evie's kind of bummed because she wants to be one of those "normal" people--go to high school, go to prom, get hickies on her neck at a movie theatre from some jock who really doesn't care about her but just wants a trophy girl to strut around with like the egotistical git that he is. He will NEVER appreciate her like I would. Oh NO, we couldn't have her dating a nice guy, could we?!
Where was I?
I'll admit this book started off on shaky ground with me. Because of the way that Evie interprets sighs, laughs, expressions, and gestures into words, I gave the book one of my "oh, i don't know if i'm going to like this book because of the way evie keeps interpreting raquel's sighs" grunts.
I followed that up with a "boy this plot seems to be getting a slow start" nose scratch.
But fear not! Weird stuff (even weirder than the way 'e' comes before 'i' in weird) starts happening and the book gets much more interesting. As an added plus, Evie doesn't toss in so many descriptions to Raquel's every little sigh, facial expression, or butt scratch.
Someone is killing paranormals and Evie is somehow at the center of it all!
Not only that, but there are some really cool paranormals in this book that aren't vampires, werewolves, or faeries, although there are several of these who play key roles in the storyline.
I don't do spoilers in book reviews, so I won't go further with the synopsis. But the book went from 2 stars at the start to a very strong 4 stars for the remaining 3/4's of the book.
Yay! I like you Paranormalcy. *big hug*
But there's more that made this book get better, IMHO.
Evie is a strong female protagonist. I HATE books where the main character is whiny, weak, and never seems to redeem herself. *glares at bella*
Most of the characters in the books I write are strong-willed and don't like to sit around while the world plots against them. They're also pretty snarky like Evie.
Evie takes action. She messes up a lot, but in the end, she comes through.
If you like YA Paranormal, I think you'll definitely like this book.
I give this book 4 "wow i really liked this book because it came through when i wasn't expecting it to" stars.
I'm about halfway through the sequel Supernaturally. So far it's even better!
I was drawn in by the promising hook and the action. Really enjoyed how different this book is both in premise and in the way the characters are portr...moreI was drawn in by the promising hook and the action. Really enjoyed how different this book is both in premise and in the way the characters are portrayed. Reads like an action comic combined with urban fantasy.
If you thought Romeo and Juliet had issues, you haven't met Ana and Dylan. Both are on opposite sides of the mother of all family feuds. A feud that h...moreIf you thought Romeo and Juliet had issues, you haven't met Ana and Dylan. Both are on opposite sides of the mother of all family feuds. A feud that has raged from the earliest days of man.
Ana, you see, is an angel and her boo is a demon.
Try explaining that one to your pastor!
Ana meets Dylan in detention after school one day and finds herself obsessing about him. But when Ana discovers she's an angel and that her new crush is a demon, she knows things aren't going to get much easier. The other angels at her school warn her to stop seeing him. Dylan's demon buddies threaten her. About the only person who doesn't seem ready to kill her for dating a demon is her best friend, Cheyenne.
And that's before things really get hairy.
The premise of this novel drew me in. The complexity of the characters kept me reading. At first glance, it might be easy to think that anything involving angels and demons will be a pretty cut-n-dry affair. After all, angels are good, demons are bad, right? I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case. In Ana's universe, everyone makes mistakes, even angels. Toss in a murder mystery and angels with a superiority complex and you've got yourself a great page-turner.
I wish I had an angel for a best friend. I would totally make them play my favorite ABBA songs on the harp. (less)
This book has a unique premise and as such, I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised where the a...moreThis book has a unique premise and as such, I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised where the adventure led and how it made me think about jokes in general. (less)
This book delivers a much-needed dose of humor to religion and while I enjoyed the book on the basis of British humor and wackiness, the plot and exec...moreThis book delivers a much-needed dose of humor to religion and while I enjoyed the book on the basis of British humor and wackiness, the plot and execution leave something to be desired.
The flow felt somewhat disjointed and awkward and I feel this is due to two different authors cramming their work together and trying to make it a functioning whole. The editor(s) I'm sure, had a load of work to do to patch this thing up in the draft days.
Overall, not a bad read, but certainly not up to snuff when compared to other works by Gaiman or Pratchett.(less)
At first, I really disliked the protagonist in this novel, Fat Charlie. At the same time, I loved his father and found myself laughing out loud at the...moreAt first, I really disliked the protagonist in this novel, Fat Charlie. At the same time, I loved his father and found myself laughing out loud at the stories. The presidents day joke was hilarious!
Once I grew used to Fat Charlie and his beta-male tendencies and Spider came along, the book took off. Once I found out why Fat Charlie is the way he is, it made me like him a bit more.
Again, Gaiman takes myths and turns them into a contemporary story/fantastical romp. I was not that familiar with the gods represented in this story but it made me interested enough to look them up.
While this book wasn't as good as The Graveyard Book, it was highly enjoyable, witty, funny, and unusual.(less)
I didn't know what to expect from a book with a rather bland title that sounds like it'll explore the history of graveyards.
Like most of his books tha...moreI didn't know what to expect from a book with a rather bland title that sounds like it'll explore the history of graveyards.
Like most of his books that I've read, there isn't much action, but a lot of character development and unusual activity. Gaiman's mind works in such strange ways that I never knew where he'd take me next. This is the strength of his books and The Graveyard Book has it in spades. Not only that, but he manages suspension of disbelief almost effortlessly. Ghosts raising a toddler? Sure, why not? Ghouls? Fading? Jacks? Of course!
I found myself shedding a tear or two by the end of the book. I don't usually get attached to main characters or the supporting cast, but I really did in this book.
For all of that, I deem this book a must-read.(less)