Emma Carstairs: has golden-blonde hair which she keeps long for sentimental reasons, but usually has braided back or up in a bun for efficiency’s sake. Her eyes are dark blue. She works extraordinarily hard at her training - her body is strong and tough, and she has a bad scar that runs up her right arm, that she’s both proud of and a little self-conscious about. Telling blonde jokes in front of her is a good way to find yourself in the hospital. “Oh dear, did I just drop that giant broadsword on your head? I guess I did! Must be cause I’m blonde.” Favored weapons: the repeating crossbow, wind-and-fire wheels.
Julian Blackthorn: Dark brown messy hair, blue-green eyes. No faerie blood here or in the rest of the family on down — he’s only half brother to Helen and Mark. Different mothers. He’s a little lanky, with high cheekbones. Bites his nails. Usually splattered in paint. Favored weapon: throwing knives, seraph blades. Seventeen years old.
Cristina Rosales: Hispanic; she’s from Mexico City and is one of the few Institute kids who has a living parent. She’s got gorgeous black hair, though she keeps a long swatch of it dyed red, and dark brown eyes. Where Emma has a temper, Cristina generally gets angry only if you hurt someone she cares about. Then she smiles sweetly and plans to kill you in your sleep like a ninja. Emma was thrilled when Tina came to the Institute because it meant a girl for her to be friends with, and they’re very close. Favored weapon: chain weapons like surujin.
Helen Blackthorn: is described in [[City of Lost Souls]. White-blond curly hair, blue-green eyes (those eyes are a hallmark of the family), petite, slightly pointed ears due to faerie blood in the family.
Mark Blackthorn: Same white-blond curly hair, but he has one blue eye and one gold. Tall, thin, has the same faerie blood as Helen, so rather delicate bone structure. Favored weapon: curved, single-edged blades like katanas.
Olivia Blackthorn: Brown hair like Julian, the same blue-green eyes. Long lashes and a cupid’s bow mouth. Where Tiberius is extraordinarily weird, Livvy is extraordinarily ordinary, at least on the surface. Underneath she’s peculiar as her brother, but in a very different way. She and Tiberius are nine months younger than Jules. Favored weapon: poison darts.
Tiberius Blackthorn: Manages not to look like anyone else, which Julian puts down to sheer stubbornness. Black hair and gray eyes. When he and Livvy were born they had the same gray eyes, but hers changed and though the family were sure his eyes would also change color from gray to blue-green they never did. Has the same long lashes and cupid’s bow mouth as his twin sister though. Favored weapon: Livvy will kill you if you look at him funny, so why bother?
Drusilla Blackthorn: Is only thirteen. She has the Blackthorn brown hair and blue-green eyes, but she is the only one of them to have freckles. Most of the Blacthorns are lanky and tall, but Silla is compact and will grow up curvy and short.
Octavius Blackthorn and Ariadne Blackthorn: are so little — Tavvy is only six, and Ari five — but they both have the Blackthorn dark brown hair and blue-green eyes.
I don't know what I was expecting when I heard that Cremer was writing a prequel. I was so thoroughly disappointed with the ending...moreRATING: 2.5 Out Of 5
I don't know what I was expecting when I heard that Cremer was writing a prequel. I was so thoroughly disappointed with the ending of the last novel that I was very weary going into this. I honestly was completely wrong when thinking what this novel was going to be about. I thought this novel was going to explore the first werewolves that came out, but no it’s not about that at all. It’s about the first appearance of the formidable Bosque Mar (who we know from the other series). The series takes place around the Middle Ages during the 14th century as the iconic Knights Templar (have disbanded) - the Templar are a common topic in this novel, so if that kind of topics interest you, then you will find this novel quiet intriguing. Which I did, there were just other things which pulled the novel down for me.
Moving on, with the disbandment of the Knights Templar the church have made another order to serve the church and protect its citizens and that’s where our main characters all come in. This novel has multiple POV's, much more than we are used. The characters are all a part of this order, whether they are senior members or members who have just joined.
The things that made this novel hard for me to get through, was the pace, the characters, the plot and writing style. The characters weren't very appealable, the plot was quiet slow and boring at times and the writing style didn’t help very much either. Maybe book 2 will be better; it seemed that towards the end of this book was when it was starting to get interesting, so we shall see.(less)
As good as the first one (not better, not worse). We are still left with not knowing what kind of supernatural Kylie is, though it...moreRATING: 3.5 Out Of 5
As good as the first one (not better, not worse). We are still left with not knowing what kind of supernatural Kylie is, though it is pretty obvious to me that she is some kind of hybrid uber special being. As shes got a combination of differetn powers; she has fairy, were, shiter and vamp abilities. Im curious to see what Hunter will end up saying she is, though going by how the series is progressing it looks doubtful that we will discover what she is in the next novel, though that would be dissapointer because there is only soo long you can drag that out.(less)
Well people I stand corrected. I stated in my last review that looking at how the books are progressing (my joke of saying they aren...moreRATING: 3 Out Of 5
Well people I stand corrected. I stated in my last review that looking at how the books are progressing (my joke of saying they aren’t, cause nothing really ever happens in them - come on people its true!) we won't find out what Kylie really is for a while. But folks I am wrong, I stand corrected!! It is finially revealed in this book.... but on nearly the very last page haha. But yes we finally find out what Kylie is... and it is pretty interesting. But not at all shocking I'm afraid.
Though I don't know if it’s me or it’s this series, but I’m getting a little over it... I feel like every book in this series is just exactly the same to the last. I still enjoy them... not as much as I once did as they feel very very repetitive. I feel like I'm reading the same thing everytime. Della and Miranda fight, the love triangle continues with Kyle and Derek and Lucas, the constant fighting the love between Holiday and Burnette, Kylie talking to ghosts and trying to find out who they are send them on their way, people die (though the people that do die you don't care about because you don't know their characters very well to feel moved by it... So yer,.. But I'll still keep reading them.. Im just hoping something new happens and that the next one is a little bit more exciting.(less)
How un-surprising that the last novel in the Hex Hall series would be a major let down and be utterly disappointing...moreRATING: 2 Out Of 5
Major. Let. Down.
How un-surprising that the last novel in the Hex Hall series would be a major let down and be utterly disappointing. Eghh its infuriating some of the events that transpired in the novel and readers you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when you read it.
The novel is un-funny – though it does try very hard to be so, but I’m afraid it falls short in the funny department. Looks like Hawkins used up all her cans of funny in the previous two books, and these books cannot survive without the funny. The funniness is what makes these books. This is the first major down fall.
The second is the story line, it’s just kind of jumbled and rushed and doesn’t feel right. It feels like Hawkins has just made up stuff and chucked it in there just to chuck it in there, not caring if it actually fits right into the story. Also Sophie I loved in the previous two novels, in this book however I did not, she did so many things I don’t agree with and made her very unlikeable. I’m just amazed how a book series that started off amazing ended up so crappy and silly? Perfect example of this though is the Strange Angels series, same problem.
The other major let down is the big impending battle in the end. Yer it’s not a big battle at all. It goes for 14 pages!!!! That’s it; the big battle that was built up in every novel goes for 14 pages!! Was the most stupidest boringest battle ever, they don’t even defeat the big evil themselves, they have (view spoiler)[ her sister to thank for that, imagine if you guys actually had to fight someone yourselves, you guys would have your arses handed to you on a plate (hide spoiler)]. Oh and yer they go to the underworld and oh that’s excited and is explored... yer no – under 10pages. So many times Hawkins could have explored and delved into deeper many of the things she introduced in the novel but she doesn’t, instead she filled the book with boring and not needed/unnecessary scenes.
I think Cal is the most unlucky character in the world, he is constantly getting f***ed over in every book and this book is no different, with this one being the worst of the them all with...(view spoiler)[Cal getting to finally make out with Sophie, or so he thinks, it’s actually Elodie possessing her body. So Cal is f***ed over by that. Secondly, Hawkins kills him off!!! He already had a shit existence throughout the novels; with him seeing his fiancée go off with someone else, and instead of giving him a nice happy ending – because he deserves it – YOU KILL HIM OFF!!! Not fair. Poor Cal. (hide spoiler)] And there you have it. The last novel, is the let down of the series and such a dissapointment. Oh well, it only took me a day to read, so not that much is lost.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Keeping this one short, interesting story and twists (that are very clever and yuo won't see coming!) but alot less humour (which is...moreRATING: 4 Out Of 5
Keeping this one short, interesting story and twists (that are very clever and yuo won't see coming!) but alot less humour (which is a pity, as that is what i loved most about the first), but still a very enjoyable read. Be interesting to see how the next one plays out.(less)
Who would have thought that a novel containing supernatural/paranormal themes like shifters, vampires and witches would actually tur...moreRATING: 2 Out Of 5
Who would have thought that a novel containing supernatural/paranormal themes like shifters, vampires and witches would actually turn out to involve Greek mythology and centre on a war brewing with a god :S who knew that an author would actually try to interrelate two completly different concepts.
I was actually starting to like the novel when I first started to read that it; involving the supernatural elements and the details and descriptivness of New Orleans (or New 2 as it is called in this book, which is where most of this novel takes place). I enjoyed the mystery surround our main protagonist Ari, though when the mystery is finally removed and her true 'identity' and lineage is revealed I was disappointed, though I didn't see the twist coming (which is always good). It all just didn't seem to....fit. I can't go into too much detail without revealing spoilers. So if you are interested in what Ari's heritage is click here (view spoiler)[She is the descendant of Medusa and has the power to kill Gods, most importantly Athena who is the main antagonist in this novel. Athena is trying to either get Ari to join her or kill her before she reaches maturity gains her full power, which is what Athena is scared of (hide spoiler)]
Unfortunately though, in my opinion, I don’t believe the two themes (Gods and Supernatural’s/Paranormals) worked well together. To have a combination of the two concepts just didnt to fit togehter nicely, and I think that was the down fall of this novel. If Keaton had just stuck to 1 (instead of bith) I most definitely would have liked this novel more. Ari was a great female heroine to read from, she was strong minded, funny, witty and mostly imporantly kicked ass! But the story itself felt...too much, I felt Keaton tried to do way too much, pile to many things in such a short novel. I'm not sure yet, if im going to attempt to read the next one, there is nothing about this novel that makes me want to go out and grab the next one. So I guess we shall just see.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I'm a little weary these days about picking up any book relating to vampires, werewolves, fairies and the works. As most ya lovers w...moreRATING: 4 Out Of 5
I'm a little weary these days about picking up any book relating to vampires, werewolves, fairies and the works. As most ya lovers will know, there has been a huge rise in the publishing of these fantasy relating themes, but most stories I've picked up in the last few years relating to this area have all been very similar and had alot in common with eachother (making me quiet annoyed and bored) that it has made me question reading any further of these books. This is how I felt when I decided to get my hands on Deadly Hemlock. But I am so glad I did.
Welcome everyone to a new styled werewolf themed book!
So the story centres on Mac, just your everyday normal teenager. The book opens with the funeral of Mac's dead best friend Amy. Amy was brutally murdered by a white werewolf and the whole town is in frenzy as it’s not the first attack or death, but it’s certainly the worst. Previously the president come out and alerted residents to the existence of werewolf’s. Now there are a former white supremacist group now turned werewolf hunters who believe the wolves should be rounded up and sent to a secluded werewolf 'rehabilitation centre,' if not that, then killed. Even though not all wolves are deadly or dangerous. They rock up at Hemlock and are hell-bent on rounding up all werewolves and taking over order in the town. Torn over the death of her best friend - Mac decides she needs closure and the only way to do that is to find the thing that killed her. Retracing Amy's steps before she died might be more difficult and problematic than Mac realises as she might discover certain truths about her friend that were better left buried. Meanwhile delve over the developing feelings she has with her guy best friend Kyle, who is hiding secrets of his own and looking after Amy's former boyfriend Jason who is dead set on getting revenge.
Deadly Hemlock to me, is like a combination of True Blood and Veronica Mars. In true blood the vampires 'come out of the closet' (a phrase also used in this novel) and become known to the general public - same instance for this novel. Not alone this but in True Blood there is a race-hate group 'The Fellowship of the Light' who want to eradicate them, in this novel the race-hate group called simply 'The Trackers' are on kinda the same mission. Meanwhile Mac is pulling a Veronica Mars trying to learn who killed her friend, but also learning things about her she never knew, while being haunted by the ghost of her best friend (also a re-occurring event in VM). The only thing I can say to deter my positiveness towards this book is Mac. She on occasion got quiet annoying as she fainted nearly all the time. Something would happen and she would faint. But that’s quiet a small complaint. I loved the secrets in this novel; the murder investigation was interesting and kept me guessing.
Peacock, you have really done well with staying away from the stereotypical werewolf themed books and have brought us something new. A good combination of action, suspense, romance, and an ending I never saw coming!! (which is a change for once haha). I really enjoyed reading Hemlock. I just hope book two lives up to the example of book one.(less)
So let’s just say that any book that includes star wars, Looney tunes, harry potter, Buffy and other pop culture references, sound...moreRATING: 4.5 Out Of 5
So let’s just say that any book that includes star wars, Looney tunes, harry potter, Buffy and other pop culture references, sounds good to me!
Not only that but this book was incredibly funny. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, more for the humour than the story, though that was very good too. So in short this book is about paranormals pretty much, although in this novel they are referred to as 'prodigium' and there is an ancient secret society known as L'Occhio di Dio (The Eye Of God) who seek to eliminate them, to rid the world of those are not human and there ways of doing it are quite horrible. This is the underlining story of the novel but this is not the central storline.
The book follows 16 year old Sophie who is a witch(view spoiler)[ although not really, because she is actually a DEMON!! Didn't see that coming did ya? (hide spoiler)] and she is sent to a reform school (with others like her) after a love spell goes terribly wrong. The reason they are sent to a reform school is to teach them to not be stupid with their powers (pretty much), as there are forces out there seeking to destroy them simply for what they are. Nice huh? Anywho Sophie must attend her classes and attempt to make friends; but it seems like that is unlikely to happen when a group of students who are also witches try to persuade her to join their coven, and she must shack up in a room with the only vampire in the entire school? What’s worse is when she develops a crush on the hottest boy (of course, how typical, its always the same) who happens to be dating the schools queen b and baddest witch.
Good storyline, and I adored Sophie, her witty humour and personality was fun to read, the humour really makes this novel. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book this funny which has an interesting story and good concept. Praise for Hawkins first novel. Loved it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Well that was shit. Terrible. How can you have such an awesome series of books and end it with this. This book does not do the ser...moreRATING: 1.5 out of 5
Well that was shit. Terrible. How can you have such an awesome series of books and end it with this. This book does not do the series justice and honestly, i really didnt like it. It had a shit ending and it was just errr crappy crapp crapp!!!!!
This novel centered around Dru running away from all the dhampirs that are after her on Sergej's orders and shes just running for her life most of the novel and when she isnt doing that shes fighting for her life, and of course the books ends predictably with Dru (view spoiler)[killing sergej (hide spoiler)]
Im sooo dissapointed with this book, i really didn't like it. I wish i never read it, as it now ruins the entire series for me knowing that this is how it all ended... You know what else you didnt even find out what Dru's full name is!!! I thought we would have found out but noooooo you don't! I can't believe how pissed of I am. Stupid book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This series has rapidly been going downhill for me. With the first novel (in my opinion) being the best, the second being extremel...moreRATING: 2.5 Out Of 5
This series has rapidly been going downhill for me. With the first novel (in my opinion) being the best, the second being extremely disappointing and stupid and now this last novel, being the last in the series being...ok.
I couldn't give it three stars, because I didn’t like it. It was ok. However what ruined it for me completely was the ending. Not the last couple of pages ending but something that occurred towards the end of the novel that just ruined it for me. I will admit I cried (like bawled lol) and what made me cry was why I couldn’t love this novel *spoiler*I couldn’t love a novel where my favourite character dies* hopefully that doesn’t spoiler too much for readers as I’m not saying who it was who died.*end spoiler* I just felt utterly betrayed. Thankfully it’s the last one because I don’t know how much more I could stand with this series. I must admit I’m glad this series it over.(less)
In short exactly like hex hall but without the humour and a lot more romance. So basically Kylie is a supernatural but isn’t sure...moreRATING: 3.5 Out Of 5
In short exactly like hex hall but without the humour and a lot more romance. So basically Kylie is a supernatural but isn’t sure what kind (there are all the usual types; vamps, weres, fey, witches, shifters and the new types: ghost whisperer???), so the whole novel is about discovering what she is (sounding a lot like hex hall isn’t it? Though unlike Hex Hall in this you still never find out what Kylie is by the end novel.
After a party at someone's house goes wrong Kylie is sent by her dysfunctional recently divorced parents to Shadow Falls, a camp for 'troubled teens' which it’s actually a camp for supernatural teens who need help with their powers and discovering the truths to their questions which are left unanswered. Kylie must room with two other girls, Miranda a dyslexic witch who struggles with spells and Della a vampire. Of course this novel has the classic love triangle scenario the bad boy (Lucas) who is mentally disturbed and a werewolf and the sexy good guy (Derek) who is part fey. Not a lot really happens throughout this novel, though we do learn more about Kylie’s powers (but honestly i hope they come up with something better for her, because ghost whisperer sounds pretty boring and lame compared to everyone else at camp, but knowing this style of novel Kylie will typically turn out to have the coolest powers in the next novels).
Though it didn’t have the humour and lightness of Hex Hall (and while I much preferred Hex Hall), it still was a pretty good read.(less)
"strange how seeing the light can make a person feel so alone in the darkness"
RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
A unique retelling of the clasic story of litt...more "strange how seeing the light can make a person feel so alone in the darkness"
RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
A unique retelling of the clasic story of little red riding hood but with a twist that makes it even better than the original. A fantastic story, cool characters and heaps of jam packed action!! Main protagonists of the novel are Scarlett and Rosie - written in first person perspective, one chapter from Scarlett's view and then from Rosie's. I loved how the book starts off, with the telling of the classic fairy tale story:
Sisters Red opens with a prologue that takes place seven years ago. Scarlett and Rosie survive a vicious attack that takes the life of their Grandmother. What takes their Oma March's life is a wereworlf or what they call them in this novel: A fenris. Scarlett (the oldest sister and in my opinon the better character) is affected more by the attack then Rosie. Scarlett, from protecting her sister, had her eye ripped out and her bodily mutilated by the wolf. Being a survivor of this attack has made her aware of the real world and she takes it upon herself to hunt down and kill every Fenris she finds, with the help of her younger sister. However a strain threatends their relationship when Rosie (a girl with beautiful looks, something Scarlett can never have again) falls for their clostest friend Silas (a hunky woodsman.)
I have to say I loved Scarlett; she was tough and strong and for once a female character that didn't need a man to fulfill her life. Though she is not pretty like Rosie she had the better personality and the better heart. Scarlett was a real character she was vulnerabile and just wanted have her sister by her side. What i loved about this novel was its action, the sarcastic relationship between Silas and Scarlett but the bestest thing was the relationship between Rosie and Scarlett. That was more what i read the book for, to read about their relationship rather than the plot. Rosie and Scarlett came up with a theory when they were little that when they were inside their mother at the same time and were joined, they shared the same heart. However Scarlett had to come out and Rosie had to wait a couple of years till it was her turn to be born. But though there are years betwen them they are connected and have the same heart. The novel made continous reference to this as the sisters believe it as Scarlett even says that she and Rosie looked exactly the same before the attack. The sisters through their continous adventure however discover that they are much different then they thought (view spoiler)[, with Rosie fighting Fenris because she has to, but shed rather a normal life and to live it with Silas whilst Scarlett loves the hunt and isnt really passionate abot anything else. It rips the two of them apart and their singular heart finally becomes two. The ending has the two sisters who have never being apart going their separte ways; with Rosie going off to be with Silas and Scarlett staying and continuing her mission to destroy all the Fenris. (hide spoiler)]
Though its sad that this story will not be continued and i wont get to read more about Scarlett, Rosie and Silas, the series will continue with the next novel in the fairytale retelling series titled Sweetly and will be based off the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel. Can't wait.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)