Concoction of a Review: I'm going to start off this review with the most positive thing I can say about the book. The cover is simply darling. *swoon*...moreConcoction of a Review: I'm going to start off this review with the most positive thing I can say about the book. The cover is simply darling. *swoon* Gothic meets dark & Twisted! I do believe the person who designed this cover really created a beautiful piece of work. The Mad Scientist is in love with the fact that I can go wild with facial images for Luce. Thanks for keeping her face hidden.
Lauren Kate's first in the Fallen series did not thrill the Mad Scientist into becoming fan by any means. I found the writing to be ok and the plot to also be just ok with nothing stand outish for me to latch onto. Many scenes were drawn out and repetitive which made about the first half of the book to be quite boring for me... until I found myself at page 182. Finally, some words that pulled me out of my must keep reading coma. Now I hope the story can move forward!
"All he was doing was shaking the water from his wet head, but a glare if droplets seemed to hover over him, outside him, defying gravity in a wide span across his arms. The way the water shimmered in the sunlight, it almost looked like he had wings." Page 182
Lucinda Price (AKA Luce) gets dropped off at Sword & Cross by her parents, a less than traditional boarding school located in Savannah, Georgia. After getting to know Luce, I found out that her protagonist character is even more annoying than Bella Swan from Twilight. If I was her parents I would drop her off too! Things seem bleak for her here. She tries to get herself settled among the other students and appear normal. Luce meets some interesting people while she is at Sword & Cross. I loved Arriane's character because she was a bit out there. It is always fun when you find a character that is NOT one dimensional.
Not only does Luce see shadows but she is internally battling with herself over her possible involvement of a mysterious death of a classmate/boyfriend. This I could understand but almost as soon as she walked into Sword & Cross she was swooning over two fellows. How badly could she feel bad about the loss of her old boyfriend? Magically, healed and ready for more action, it was seriously creepy how she was able to move on... Does she have no heart?
Her heart or lack thereof did help the story move. The love triangle was the most interesting part of the story. Daniel, Cam. Cam, Daniel. Now it would not be fair to you if I elaborated on their differences or let you know which one happens to be the one. But it is indeed intriguing. Just not nearly enough to have to book be what the Mad Scientist would consider good reading.
Perhaps, part of the problem lays in the book I read beforehand, Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Her book probably made the Mad Scientist like this book less than if I would have read it first. Either way it should not take 1/3 of the book to finally aim in the direction of going somewhere. The book was defiantly missing a whole lot for me. I really hope that Kate can provide more plot and dynamics to her characters in Torment. Character development would be the key for me, I just want to see more from Luce. (less)
Concoction of a Review: The day was gloomy at home. I looked at my shelves wanting to read something. *sigh* Nothing on one of my many shelves did not...moreConcoction of a Review: The day was gloomy at home. I looked at my shelves wanting to read something. *sigh* Nothing on one of my many shelves did not jump at me. I had the bulter ready the carriage to make a run to the libaray. Riding cloak in hand I was off. The library has the odd smell to it that only a book lover would enjoy. I took a deep breath and started to sally through the isles of inky wonders. I grabed Hush Hush off the shelf not thinking it would amount to much but I wanted it.
*Gasps!* This was much more than I expected… in a good way. I even managed to get my own hardcover copy for my favorite books of all times shelf. *sigh* It is the most beautiful sight! Now I have a lovely hardcover copy of Cresendo right along side of it. Which I hope to get to soon.
Nora Grey, a sophomore seemed to be living a pretty wonderful life. Which included a truly grand friend, Vee. Those types of friends are hard to come by. They even endured Biology together. I know many groan at the though to of science but this was just a plus for me *grin*. Now us readers get a bit lucky and well, our duo have a stroke of discomfort when the dear biology professor decided to do the unspeakable. He made everyone change their lab partners, breaking up the girls. However, now Nora is now partnered with the mysterious silend badboy, Patch Cipria. From that moment, that little change her normal life was soon to be less then that. Everything starts to change….
Weird events start to happening to her. Like a mysterious car crash. She freaks out and thinks she maybe loosing it. Maybe she is!
Patch is one of those dark and brooding types that knows exactly what to say or not say to drive Nora to the brink of… lets just say he gets her all flustered and mad. Albeit her frustration with him she can't seem to stay away from Patch. It's a scary weird attraction she does not understand yet she is compelled by him. Nora is afraid to lust after him and she is just simply afraid due to a few mysterious occurances. There has to be something blasphemous about the possiblitiy of that relationship. The Mad Scientist really wanted to love him but he comes out as being creepy in the beginning, creepier then I would care to admit. But must admit I love the innuendos that come out of his mouth. I can just picture Noras knickers getting all twisted with her face all up in a huff of anger and embarrassment. It truly made me laugh out loud… more than once.
Picture cloaks, magnification glasses, and proper pick locks because Nora and Vee do some investigation of their own which leads nowhere. Soon, her fear switches to Vee who gets herself into a scary situation without knowing it. Vee is alone with Elliot and Jules who are not exactly what they seem.
Nora races through the twists and turns in the edge if fear. So did I. Well, at least on the edge part!
This novel was Becca Fitzpatrick's debut book, that made the Mad Scientist an instant fan! She has easily wiggled her way onto my favorites list and I can hardly wait for Crescendo to come out! Hush Hush was a fast paced page flipper. I personally could barely put it down! The story was I tense with well thought out plot twists. What I mean is, the Mad Scientist was guessing throughout the book instead of being told what I already figured out. Tis true, it is hard to out whit this brain.
Overall, the Mad Scientist is more then pleasantly pleased. It was a wonderful read and a great debut novel! (less)
The concept of The Mephisto Covenant was intriguing to me, mythology that was built around biblical stories, mainly Adam & Eve. Which is what I loved about it! I would not be so bold to say that it might not offend Christians, alas, it my push on the boundaries. Naturally when I seen it on NetGalley I did not hesitate to request it. Mad Scientist found it to be just riveting. I could hardly put it down.
Our young innocent star of the book, Sasha, is obsessed with finding out who killed her father. She is a pure angel in human form, known as an Anabo. One of a very small number.
Jax was a treat within the inky goodness. He was not perfect by any means. Shockingly we find out that he is a tortured Son of Hell. *gasps* He meets Sasha, who can be his salvation. Literally, she may be his only chance at redeeming himself.
Twists and turns were around almost every page. Eryx, our evil doer in this lore, needs her. He has gathers devote followers by offering and giving them anything they desire. Sadly, they do not know in taking what they so desire they give up the most valuable thing they have, their soul.
I also really enjoyed the characters that played on the sidelines of the story. Chris, her cousin was a typical teen but he had a cute side to him. Jax's brother, Phoenix, was complicated, grieving, and full of fun snark. We know how I enjoy a bit of snark in my books! *grin* He moved his head so that his lips were close to her ear. "Run, Sasha. If you can do it, run like hell and don't look back." Overall, I believe that Trinity Faegen has an exciting new twisted series. The ever there instant attraction was there like in many young adult books, however, the entwined history of The Mephisto Covenant warranted the quick pace. The passion was intense and descriptive, surprisingly so that I was shocked to find it in a young adult book...
I'm sorry to see that so many people did not care for this book. Oddly, sometimes that is the way it goes. So many loved Fallen by Lauren Kate and I hated it. Now it is opposite.
*Free ARC from NetGalley which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book and the very persistent young man inside. *(less)