This was surprisingly enjoyable. I'm not sure I would call it "good", it's very cheesy and there were some questionable sex scenes. but overall it was...moreThis was surprisingly enjoyable. I'm not sure I would call it "good", it's very cheesy and there were some questionable sex scenes. but overall it was a fun read. I would read the next book and I hope in the second book we learn more about the Aegis and the corruption going on there. (less)
Richelle Mead's writing is so fun and charming in The Vampire Academy series, and the same can be said for Succubus Blues. I liked this, but it wasn't...moreRichelle Mead's writing is so fun and charming in The Vampire Academy series, and the same can be said for Succubus Blues. I liked this, but it wasn't as awesome as Vampire Academy. My intuition about certain characters were correct but I was still surprised by the (depressing) ending.
I do want to continue the story because I really do like Seth and I want to find out what happens to him. I tend to root for the beta males (I don't do that whole macho man thing, it's annoying and not sexy!) and I thought he was a compelling and charming character. I'm not so sure I really like Georgina though, she could really use a backbone. No means NO! However, I really liked that she's a flawed character. So often the heroines of paranormal romance are sweet and innocent. I liked that Georgina has a history but also tries to make the most of who she is and her situation. She accepts herself, which is refreshing because so many paranormal main characters can't come to terms with their moral conflicts of their nature.
I really love Richelle Mead's writing. The dialogue is snappy and fun and we get the added bonus of fun sex scenes! Succubus Blues felt a lot lighter than some of her other books. There was still a good plot and well developed characters, but overall things were more light hearted, fun, and sexy!
Overall Succubus Blues is a fun adult urban fantasy. I would recommend it for anyone who wants a quick paranormal romance with some snark and sass. Succubus Blues is a great vacation or summer read! (less)
Warm Bodies is a really fun mashup of Shakespeare and zombies, two of my favorite things. I really liked the re-imagining of zombies and how Warm Bodi...moreWarm Bodies is a really fun mashup of Shakespeare and zombies, two of my favorite things. I really liked the re-imagining of zombies and how Warm Bodies examines what makes a person human and if you have nothing to live for are you really living? I didn't expect a zombie novel to make me think as much as Warm Bodies did.
R was a really great character, and one I could really relate to. He's a great narrator and reading his inner monologue is hilarious and touching. I really loved how he had all of these eloquent thoughts and ideas but due to his zombie self he can't actually express these ideas to other people. There's a quote from the book where R says “In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.” I love that.
I really liked the theme of living your life to the fullest and how it applies to not only the zombies but also the surviving humans. As R and Julie begin to get to know each other they help each other heal. They both help each other find their humanity, because both of them have been wandering and not really living (R literally).
There were a few things that I didn't really like about Warm Bodies. I didn't like how heavy handed the Romeo and Juliet stuff got at some parts. In particular the balcony scene was just too obvious and I found myself rolling my eyes. I also didn't like how Perry's death was glossed over. Julie and Perry had been having problems, but I still think I would have been a lot more upset if my boyfriend had been eaten by a zombie. Just saying. It's not even that Julie's reason for not being that upset was bad (I can understand in an apocalyptic situation preparing for everyone you love to be killed at any moment) but I wish R had tried to talk to her more about it. I wish there had been more of an ethical conflict.
Overall I enjoyed Warm Bodies quite a bit, but due to the sometimes obvious re-telling elements and some disappointing author behavior Warm Bodies fell just short of the 5 star rating. It's still a really adorable and fun read that will also make you think!(less)
Dead rules is an interesting take on life after death for teenagers, but instead of focusing on the interesting setting and rules of being dead, Dead...moreDead rules is an interesting take on life after death for teenagers, but instead of focusing on the interesting setting and rules of being dead, Dead Rules gets stuck on a love triangle that borders (ok lands squarely) on obsession.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really liked the setting and the interesting spin on the afterlife. It has Christian undertones but nothing specific so it can be appreciated by people of different faiths. I liked the set up for the school and the mystery surrounding it, but we never really learned the truth behind the mystery, nor do we ever really learn the rules of the different classes of students. We learn what makes a person in one class verses another, but none of the real rules associated with them. The whole mystery of the book is not explained enough for my liking.
The best part of the book was Mars and Waytt. They were the only characters that experienced any growth and with which I felt any connection even though they were the stereotypical paranormal romance "sexy bad boy" and "misunderstood bff". I loved their history that was revealed and how they learned from each other. I think the fact that Mars was physically perfect while Wyatt was seriously disfigured added an interesting dynamic to their relationship. True bromance.
The biggest problem for me were all of the other characters, and the female characters in particular. While some characters have interesting development, most are one dimensional fillers. The side girl characters only had one aspect to their personality which mostly depended on the state of their bodies after their death. The main character was just scary, and not in a good way. This part might get a tiny bit spoilery, but not too much. Jana is in love with her boyfriend who is still alive and on earth. And by love, I mean obsessed. Jana is crazy and seems very selfish. She says that Michael "completes her" and "makes her a better version of herself." WHAT THE FUCK!? That is not love, that is obsession, and it is not healthy as a human or a ghost. She has such an obsessive "love" for Michael that she (view spoiler)[ wants to kill him so they can be together. (hide spoiler)] Again I say WHAT THE FUCK. That is NOT love. I'm sorry, but if I was dead (view spoiler)[KILLING MY BOYFRIEND (hide spoiler)] would NOT be the solution to my problems. If Jana had learned that she wanted Michael to live a long and happy life and THAT was true love, then I would have been ok with it, but THAT NEVER HAPPENS. She just jumps to the next guy. Seriously, messed up.
Overall Dead Rules is a paranormal romance that had a lot of potential to be a very exciting mystery but fell short because it was stuck on the love triangle aspect of the story. Completely ineffective satire. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)