I want to feel the excruciating pain of the Change. Be able to run free, and smell things from a mile away. Feel the fear of humans and creatures alik...moreI want to feel the excruciating pain of the Change. Be able to run free, and smell things from a mile away. Feel the fear of humans and creatures alike. Taunt them, play with them, let them know that I am able to kill every last one of them without a swift, easy movement. I want to be part of the Pack. Hunt down Mutts who are causing enough trouble to deserve death. I want the curse. I want to be a Werewolf.
Elena is not a teen like other heroines in most novels. She’s in her thirties so that’s a change, possibly for the better. Her mind is not being plagued with thoughts of high school crushes and what she should wear tomorrow and if Bobby is into her and will ask her to the Winter Formal. She grew up with a rough life. Her parents died when she was young and she was moved from foster home to foster home, never finding a place that would keep her long enough. Until she was bitten, then she found a family. The Pack. All she wanted was the perfect life. A life she never had. Kids, a husband, a job. Everything everyone dreamed of. But she can’t. She’s cursed.
Elena is living with her boyfriend Phillip when she receives an urgent call. Mutts are attacking the people in Stonehaven, the land where Elena used to live with the Pack and they need her help to track them down. But not only does her “family” live there, the one who changed her does too. It would be impossible to miss him, even with a bag over her head. You may have guessed it already, but this novel is also a Romance Novel. About 25% of it.
Now, aside from the awesome wolf scenes. There is the occasional human scene where we get to learn more and more about Elena as a person. I do admit that these scenes were a bit slow, I, myself, would rather read about her messing with some human and attempting to kill some evil doers. But a novel can’t be all fun and games. We have to learn about some things the hard way.
But, perhaps that is just me. I’d rather read the werewolf side rather than the human side because I’m a guy. During her werewolf moments it is more about the adrenaline and the hunt. Where her human side is more about the emotions. Not to mention the steamy sex scenes where the guy is described yet not the girl. Talk about let down. Not in a pervish way. I’m a guy, I’d rather read about girls. Not graphic but whatever.
Kelley Armstrong’s writing was a bit of a mix for me. Like I said, when she was in werewolf mode everything was exciting. Only to be brought to a more calmer side during her human mode. It changed too much for me to fully understand and grasp her style. There wasn’t really a consistency with her writing. But how she wrote the story itself, I actually like it. Except for the ending. While it is shocking, it was just another girl novel for me. The way that a certain character was treated, left behind and forgotten broke my heart. Not because I’ve been there before, perhaps it is, but because I feel for people like that. Just because she had a connection with one person doesn’t mean that she should just forget the other.
Perhaps, that’s what threw me off at the end. Aside from the writing, the romance scenes and the ending, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just don’t think it’s one of her best works though.(less)
Grab a handful of witches, a pinch of armored polar bears and a table spoon of Gobblers. Next mix it all with a Golden Compass and you have yourself a...moreGrab a handful of witches, a pinch of armored polar bears and a table spoon of Gobblers. Next mix it all with a Golden Compass and you have yourself an amazing novel that is hard to put down and will keep you turning the pages until you’re done.
Lyra is a young girl who lives in Oxford, England. Well not our Oxford but her Oxford. You see, her world is parallel to ours. It’s almost the same thing except it’s both behind of our times but yet ahead with its “technology”. In Lyra’s world, spirits live outside of our bodies, as an animal called a dæmon. Each person has an animal that represents who they are. An they are only able to change forms when you are young. Perfectly matches the way a child is always changing their mind.
But moving on, Lyra lives in this Oxford where suddenly children are gone missing, by these kidnappers called Gobblers. And when her friend Roger is taken, she immediately wants to save him. But she also wants to travel the world and she does so with the beautiful Mrs. Coulter. Who holds more secrets than safe to handle. Once Lyra is on her journey, she discovers a terrible secret, involving the people she trusted, Gobblers and something that everyone keeps talking about. Dust.
Without getting too much ahead, Lyra ends up with a polar bear called Iorek and an aeronaut and a bunch of gypsies. And in the end, she must face not only her biggest fear, but the fears of everyone else.
This novel holds so much more that’ll make you actually be in it. As I read it, I felt myself fearing for lives, being happy at their safety and crying at the deaths. I felt myself being shocked at the disloyalty and in the end I felt myself wanting to know more about Dust.
Being only part one, this novels holds many open subjects that I can’t even begin to talk about. And the only way you can find out is by reading this masterpiece. A masterpiece where religion and science come together. A masterpiece that makes you question everything you know and everything you thought you knew.
Philip Pullman has set us all up for a ride that will take you beyond your imagination. (less)