I began this series under forceful circumstances. Rachel Caine was having an AU/NZ book tour for the latest in The Morganville Vampires series, Bite C...moreI began this series under forceful circumstances. Rachel Caine was having an AU/NZ book tour for the latest in The Morganville Vampires series, Bite Club. Felicity from Penguin sent me nine books from the series therefore I was forced to read them. It felt like Christmas. So this was the perfect one-off opportunity to read this highly acclaimed series and meet its author. After reading this first of a lengthy series, I was most definitely not disappointed. This series alongside The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod has pulled the vampire lever in my brain from ‘hater’ to ‘liker’. With only one word you can guess what made me hate them initially. No relation should be made between that series and Rachel Caine’s books. Ever.
What I enjoyed the most was the world building. It was enjoyable and interesting to discover and learn about. It’s not just the dictatorial and territorial vampires that run the town, but also the role humans play in it too. One tip: you do not want to be outside at night. You’re just asking for two holes in your neck, and this doesn’t work wonders for your innocence and beauty. You are only protected, vampire or not, by the authorities if you have pleaded for Protection and in most cases you are refused unless you are special and/or can help in some way.
Each of the characters are memorable. None of the quartet, Claire, Eve, Shane & Michael, are vampires so this is a big thumbs up. I couldn’t have enjoyed this novel and now this series any other way. We are able to see the vulnerability that the humans have within this town through four characters that each have their own disturbing pasts and secrets. Each have different personalities so this is why it was so enjoyable to read about. And seeing through the eyes of Claire, we are able to slowly discover and learn about this town as she does.
There are a lot of twists and turns throughout the course of this novel to keep me suspended in my seat and my brain in AWOL mode. I can only suspect that there will many more to come in the rest of the series. This is a great start to a lengthy but thrilling series.
First paragraph: "On the day Claire became a member of the Glass House, somebody stole her laundry.” Favourite quotes/lines:
"'Run first,' Shane said. 'Mourn later.’ It was the perfect motto for Morganville.”
"'You're kidding. I thought all geniuses read Latin. Isn't that the international language for smart people?’” (less)
I give this first in the series 4.5/5 stars. Vampire Academy seemed like such a classical take on vampires. Russian nationality seemed to match them m...moreI give this first in the series 4.5/5 stars. Vampire Academy seemed like such a classical take on vampires. Russian nationality seemed to match them more than Meyer's modern Italian ones.
The rest in this series will be amazing nevertheless to the reads after this original concept that Mead has implemented into these vampires and just this whole world of Morois, Strigois and dhampirs.(less)
Rachel Caine never fails to deliver and this is the third book in the series. I wonder how the last three books in the series compare to these first t...moreRachel Caine never fails to deliver and this is the third book in the series. I wonder how the last three books in the series compare to these first three in which I have only read. I bet they will be a million times better simply because I say so and that’s what I predict. If I had continued to read the fourth, the fifth, the sixth and all the way to the latest book right now, I could hypothesise that the exposure from all currently released ten (?) books of the series would force my mother to send me to a psychiatric hospital just because of the endless amount of shocks and jolts given to me and for them making me emotionally unstable, and psychotic. Dear Rachel Caine. Please at least try to keep your readers stable until the very last book, wherein you then have permission to kill them if that is what you desire. Looks like I should take a little break from this series before I continue anymore just to regain the composure I once had.
What I love about The Morganville Vampires series is that Rachel Caine makes the whole series seem like just one big-ass novel because of how she immediately continues the next book from the one before it. And there is no repetition within the plot whatsoever because Rachel Caine is a master of plots. Like the two before it, Midnight Alley introduces us to a few new characters, and is full of endless twists and turns, surprises and mayhems, which intrigue you from the very beginning. An excellent addition to the series making me want to dig into the next book straight away. But I have persuaded myself by ‘other’ means to take control of this compulsion that you would end up having too if you read these books.
I guess this is not a review but more of a warning involving praise, wouldn’t you think? I guess so. Just go read these books :p. (less)
"...if more people had been organ donors, unwinding never would have happened...but people like to keep what's theirs, even after they're dead."
Unwind...more"...if more people had been organ donors, unwinding never would have happened...but people like to keep what's theirs, even after they're dead."
Unwind by Neal Shusterman was the last book I had read for 2010. Let me just immediately say, that there was no need of fireworks for the beginning of the new year, because once I finished the last page of Unwind...my mind literally blew like firecrackers and grenades. There's still that one single scene which I can't shake out of my mind. A scene which was harrowing, haunting, mind-boggling and effing epic to say the least. I could describe it more but you know, I think you should read it and have the visual part of your brain absolutely destroyed. This novel was astonishing in it's breathtaking thematic climaxes and plot, and yet utterly disturbing at the same time.
By the end each and every character becomes likable, even those you despised ever since you first read of them. One of these characters was Roland. Never has an author moved me from one end of the spectrum of dislike for a character to quite the opposite side of screaming injustice and on the verge of tears. Roland was a character I despised so much I wanted him to be unwound, or literally unwind him myself. However that all changed when I pictured him trying to savour every last second of his "one-piece" life. Such a haunting scene.
There were so many themes throughout this novel and many relating to Pro-Life and Pro-Choice topics. Abortion, stem-cell research and, body parts and organ harvesting are heavily relied on to drive this story forward to its climactic ending.
There's not a lot to say except that this book is a blessing to have read, and I have come out realizing that there are people in society who need things more than many of us do, and to not be selfish and stubborn for the sake of our humanity in the future. What is shown in Unwind's world, could happen to the future of ours. I love this book because it is well written; because it is compelling; because sometimes it is a hard and challenging read on a personal level; because it asks you to think; for the many things it has revealed about me - most of them not positive. I love this book because it is well-written with absorbing characters and a great plot.
Throw in every single organ and body part that was harvested and wasted into my YA CONCOCTION, because I want to create a world where none of what was in this book, will happen. None of it!(less)
What do I say that hasn’t already been said before? The Book Thief is a literary masterpiece that deals with the struggles and sacrifices endured thro...moreWhat do I say that hasn’t already been said before? The Book Thief is a literary masterpiece that deals with the struggles and sacrifices endured through World War II and the relationships that must be established in order to make it through even the worst and most darkened and calamitous moments in our lives.(less)
really enjoyed reading about this world of Maria V. Snyder's in her first novel Poison Study. Magic Study, the continuation of the adventures of Yele...more really enjoyed reading about this world of Maria V. Snyder's in her first novel Poison Study. Magic Study, the continuation of the adventures of Yelena, has it all, without being a clone of it's predecessor. There's a new scenery to adjust to (for example living in the tree canopies), a new kingdom to learn (The Magician's Keep), and so many new challenges for our heroine. There are many fascinating new characters with individual traits of both good and bad, and we learn about a few more cultures in this world that are very different from one another. I give Magic Study ★★★★. I enjoyed it so much more than Poison Study.
What I loved about Magic Study was that the Moon people we are introduced to remind me so much of the Indigenous Australians in terms of customs, beliefs and way of doing things.
In Poison Study, Yelena was so independent and strong but in this book she seemed to make so many wrong decisions that would need someone else to help her out of the position she just put herself in. However she somehow finds a way to not be a burden on anyone.