The disappointing aspect about this book is that it held so much promise. The premise was excellent and I am a sucker for just about any dystopian the...moreThe disappointing aspect about this book is that it held so much promise. The premise was excellent and I am a sucker for just about any dystopian theme but unfortunately the character depictions fell short... way short. The main character, Decca, who Jace tries to portray as intelligent actually comes across as incredibly dense. It makes for a really unbelievable plot when incredibly stupid comments come out of her mouth every other sentence.
He also makes use of the ridiculously outdated and hugely annoying slang of putting a Z on the end (or sometimes in the middle of) of every word that, quite frankly, almost made me stop reading. Things like "Dizney Battlefieldz", "Hover Boardz", "Bad Kidz" (when literally referring to bad kids, etc... If this wasn't bad enough, he called the area where most the story took place "The Playa" along with other equally random albeit consistent 90's themed ongoing slang that got so repetitious and obnoxious that even if the book had been good - which it wasn't, it would have taken away from it. These are just some examples of the consistent irritation I encountered while reading I Am Alive. I could have put up with this if the plot line was in accordance with the main characters development but one minute she's literally making the most moronic of statements and the next I'm supposed to believe she's a closet genius? Sorry Mr. Jace, not believable. Decca never grew enough as a character to get from point A to point B - meaning her character growth from moron to heroine made no sense.
Again, the concept was there... it was the execution of the story that was sorely lacking.(less)
Ms. Jordan out-did herself on Uninvited. A fan of the Firelight series, I didn't expect that I could like Uninvited more but I surprised myse...moreLOVED IT!
Ms. Jordan out-did herself on Uninvited. A fan of the Firelight series, I didn't expect that I could like Uninvited more but I surprised myself. Ms. Jordan created a world that I could see existing in the near future. Identifying the 'Killer Gene' isn't as far fetched as one may think, and in Uninvited, once you're identified, you aren't given much of a chance.
The world building, premise and characters are all outstanding! I cannot wait to read the next in this thrilling series!(less)
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion was incredibly entertaining and a wonderful yet gross romance! R is amazing and I fell in love with him myself despite his...moreWarm Bodies by Isaac Marion was incredibly entertaining and a wonderful yet gross romance! R is amazing and I fell in love with him myself despite his somewhat rotting body.
R is a zombie who becomes disillusioned with his life when he feeds off the brain of Perry, the boyfriend of Julie. R gets memories from others brains and from Perry's he gets feelings of love for Julie. R goes from brain eating zombie to feeling protective over Julie. He begins a friendship that soon blossoms into something more.
This is a story that had both sadness and a great amount of humor in it. R lives in a jet and listens to Frank Sinatra while Julie lives in a futuristic stadium that is devoid of all joy and hope. Her life is that of zombies and survival. When she meets R under less than favorable circumstances what ensues is a remarkable story of unlikely romance and magical changes that give hope to all that are affected.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, I’ll have to wait for it to come out on pay-per-view but I hope it will be as good as the book. I read through it in less than 4 hours and enjoyed it tremendously. I think we all need a little hope in our lives no matter how fantastical it is! Great entertainment!
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda was completely out of this world! Literally not of the world we live in now, that’s for sure but the book it’...moreTHE FAERYS VIEW
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda was completely out of this world! Literally not of the world we live in now, that’s for sure but the book it’s self completely blew me away. It was one of those books that I sort of put off reading thinking “okay, another dystopian novel to slog through” and don’t get me wrong, I love them more than anything but sometimes there’s so many that just don’t meet my expectations. The Hunt did more than meet my expectations, it ROCKED MY WINGS to the point I was buzzing all over the place!
What an amazingly thought out plot! Gene lives his life with a society of vampires that have taken over the world. Yes, there’s a few ‘hepers’ here and there but most of that, Gene believes, is fantasy talk. Gene himself is a heper; I ‘m sorry but I can’t get past the similarity between heper and heifer! Prime meat just walking around, the only difference is that the hepers know they’re hunted. One drop of blood and the vamps would be on them in a wild frenzy. Every evening, Gene has to shave the hair off his entire body except his head, make sure he has absolutely no body odor, he has to constantly remind himself not to laugh, clear his throat basically not to show any heper emotion at all. When the vamps laugh or show emotion, they scratch their wrist. It’s a bizarre world that he lives in and one mistake and he’s a goner. There’s one girl in glass with shiny red hair and she’s so beautiful but Gene’s caught her looking at him a few times so he has to be extra careful. They don’t go by names, they go by seat assignments such as D-4 but he has always called her Ashley June. He’s been all by himself since he was 9 years old but he remembers everything his father told him so he’d blend in.
When he and Ashley June win the ‘heper hunt’ and get invited to the palace to go on the first ‘heper’ hunt in 10 years, he really starts to worry. The take him right from the school with none of his prep pack, the more nervous he gets, the more like a heper he smells like but on the way there the others blame it on the fact that they’re getting closer to the heper colony.
Once Gene is at the colony they have 5 days of ‘festivities’ where Gene spends most of his time trying to not smell or dehydrate since the vamps don’t require fluids other than blood. Luckily for him there wasn’t enough room in the dorms so they put him in the library, a circular area that actually gave him some clues. He’s also in for the surprise of his life and this surprise will help him have a chance at getting out alive!
Andrew did the cleverest Character portrayals I’ve ever seen. Each vamp, although alike was different in certain aspects. They were creepy beyond all measure and just reading about Gene being in school with them gave me goose bumps but eating meals in the Palace I thought my husband was going to have to peel from the ceiling with a crow bar! There were plenty of ‘crow bar’ moments, trust me; that’s just how creepy these vamps were portrayed.
As far as world building, sorry another I kept waiting for Gene to cut himself, etc… there was one exhibition where a heper was devoured and it wasn’t pretty [crow bar moment] The way the palace was set up by the heper colony, Gene could watch them during the day-that’s the one advantage he had over the vamps. They couldn’t watch during the day because the frenzy would hit and they would kill themselves to try and get there under the dry summer sun and what Gene found out was surprising. The only other heper he’d been around was his father and his father was always pounding ‘the rules’ into his head, which was good because it kept Gene alive.
Everything combined made The Hunt one of the best Novels I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long time. I devoured every word on every page and when the willies took over it was a delicious sensation! It's dark, eerie and it kept me on high octane the entire book.
Andrew Fukuda is one Fan-Faery-Tastic Author that I look forward to reading more of in the future, especially the follow up to The Hunt!
THE FAERY SAYS THAT THE HUNT BY ANDREW FUKUDA ROCKED MY WINGS AND THEN SOME! (less)
At first I thought The Selection by Kiera Cass was going to be like the TV show Bachelor with a little light dystopian thrown in. I was...moreTHE FAERYS VIEW
At first I thought The Selection by Kiera Cass was going to be like the TV show Bachelor with a little light dystopian thrown in. I was dead wrong! Oh how I adored this book! It was so very much more, Ms. Cass built a dystopian world with a strict caste system that either puts you at the top with food, adequate shelter and clothing or at the very bottom where there isn’t enough food for everyone, let alone warmth or clothing. Safety isn’t exactly to be had, either. A small starving child is whipped in the town square for stealing a piece of fruit. There’s no empathy from the higher castes for the lower castes and really it boils down to where and to who you were born.
Taken from a caste system where America or 'Mer' is at the bottom of the pecking order but not so far down that her family is starving to death; her family is a ‘5’-Artists, and they skimp on food and clothing and there’s been times when they’ve had to go without but not that often. America’s family is artists, and America’s voice is heavenly plus she can masterfully play many instruments just like her mother. America has fallen in love with Aspen; a gorgeous sweet boy a caste down from her. He’s incredibly smart, works as many jobs as he can find to help his widowed mother and all his siblings just to put food on the table. What America and Aspen have is the real thing; going on two years, each one knows how to comfort the other. Aspen is proud and when there’s extra food at America’s, she’ll bring it to ‘their’ tree-house, a rickety old thing in America’s postage stamp back yard. They spend countless nights there, dreaming of how they’ll run away together, that the caste doesn’t matter but deep down Aspen knows they can never really be together, he would never subject her to the starvation and fear that his caste constantly feels. When The Selection comes up; Aspen encourages Mer to join because he could never forgive himself if she lost her chance at a better life because of him, he encourages her to join and when she gets picked he breaks up with her, effectively breaking her heart.
With all of the preparation for The Selection, America can’t get excited; her heart is heavy with grief until the day of her going away ceremony when she sees Aspen with his arms wrapped around another girl. She decides then and there to get mad-it works sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t.
The opulence of the Palace is amazing; unlike anything America has ever seen! She has 3 maids, foods that are so delectable that she tries very hard not to make a pig or herself. Her clothing is so fine and her hair always done by her maids that she looks her very best. America soon starts to love the Palace she once hated. Prince Maxon soon becomes very dear to her heart and there is no mistaking his affections towards her. But something happens that could spoil it all. Amidst the rebel attacks, her heart break and the realization that she is as beautiful inside as out; America has an epiphany of sorts and that leaves us at our cliffy!
I am so impressed with Kiera Cross’s writing! Every main character was so very easy to get to know and the secondary characters were, as well. I fell in love with all of them and in deep dislike with some, too. Kiera’s sense of what Palace life would be like makes me wonder if perhaps she lived in one at one time or another! I felt the luxury that America felt and saw the beauty of the gardens all around me.
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Hollowmen was just as fantastic as Hollowland. Zombie apocolypse, government conspiracy and the majority of the remaining human population just as vic...moreHollowmen was just as fantastic as Hollowland. Zombie apocolypse, government conspiracy and the majority of the remaining human population just as vicious as the zombies they're trying to protect themselves from.
Remy finds that escaping the government confines where they're experimenting on her, only one of two people that are immune to the virus that causes the dead to rise, is not as easy as she thought it would be. First off, Remy is a kick-ass heroinne-she can fight with the best of them and feels responsible for everyone in her party. Once they reached the compound where her brother was being held, Remy doesn't waste any time taking his place.
A fantastic follow up to The Adoration of Jenna Fox (which I ADORED!) about the restoration of Locke and Kara. There are those that ha...moreTHE FAERIES VIEW
A fantastic follow up to The Adoration of Jenna Fox (which I ADORED!) about the restoration of Locke and Kara. There are those that have much invested and quite a bit at stake in the restoration of Locke and Kara, who aren't actually being 'restored' out of the 'goodness' of a scientists heart. The possibilities are endless and learning to trust doesn't come easy for the two teens that are pulled, literally, out of an endless dream-like scenario that never ends; told from Locke's POV, it's mesmerizing, inescapably thought-provoking in the sense that this could one day become a reality, poignant and sad.
For those of you who read TAoJF you remember her confusion, anger and mistrust of those that lied to her about her 'true self' and that was only under a year of being 'lost in the box'. Imagine multiplying that by 260+ years!
It's a fascinating read and I would definitely read the first in the series before venturing into this book. I think the first book sets up the scenario of the second book beautifully, and again I expect a third book with the moderate 'cliffie' that was left behind.
There's so much to this story, it's impossible to fully review it without completely spoiling it. What I will say is this: Ms. Pearson has an amazing ability to hit so many issues at once! And, done in such a style that it never gets confusing---she eases the reader along with fantastic descriptives, realistic characters and plot twists that I never saw coming!
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mixture of dystopian/sci-fi/suspenseful adventure with some romance thrown in for good measure(less)
Pure is an edgy dystopian novel with fantasy like qualities, gripping in the vision of Ms. Baggott's view of what could happen in a bro...moreTHE FAERYS VIEW
Pure is an edgy dystopian novel with fantasy like qualities, gripping in the vision of Ms. Baggott's view of what could happen in a broken world that is sharply divided by the 'Haves-Pures’ and the 'Have-nots or Wretches' both of which the majority of each population is ignorant of the reality of the other.
Different from most dystopian novels in the sense that less than ten years has gone by since 'The Detonations' destroyed civilization and wreaked havoc on the earth. The Detonations have left the wretched bizarrely mutated; all burned with huge pieces of metal or glass fused in them, babies fused to mothers hips or legs-still alive yet unchanging, a man fused to the back of his brothers back and of course, our main character, Pressia who has a dolls head fused at the end of her arm instead of a hand. The Detonations destroyed the world but in a way that the world could quickly recover-there was no 'nuclear winter', some animals survived but like people, mutated, grass and flowers still grow in some areas and then there is the Dome where the Pures live, many worship it, many resent it but most hate those that are fortunate enough to live in it.
Pure is full of Government conspiracy, extreme plot twists and peculiar mutations among many other fascinating aspects. A mixture of romance, intrigue, horror, mystery and survival make Pure a page turner that is hard to put down.
I would have given Pure a '5' but hesitated because there were pages in the book that felt like 'filler' or were extremely repetitive in my opinion. The book is 450 pages and I felt like at least 50 of those pages were irrelevant or consistently repeated to the point that it was a tad bit irritating. Pure is a wonderful book that could've stood quite nicely with 400 pages of quality. I can honestly say that this will quickly become one of my favorite trilogies and I am really looking forward to the next in the series.
Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions edited by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr was such a treasure! So many terrific authors doing what...moreTHE FAERYS VIEW
Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions edited by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr was such a treasure! So many terrific authors doing what they do best and it’s all rolled into one fantastic book that was so very difficult to put down. Can you say: Wonderful Writers Writing Wondrously 10 times? C’mon I dare ya! Whether you can say it or not, that’s what you’ll get!
Every author presented a short story; many based on previous characters from their novels/series while others deviated away and offered up something a bit different. Either way, there’s something here for everyone! In fact, I’d bet my sparkly Faery wings that there’s enough to keep each reader more than delighted with the awesomeness of Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions.
Giovanni’s Farewell by Claudia Gray - is about twins Cairo and Ravenna who are on a trip to Rome. When something happens to one of the twins, the other doesn’t believe until something makes a believer out of them. This is a wonderful ghost story and I loved the dynamics between the twins.
Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan – Carrie sets the scene for two sisters trying to survive a world taken over by zombies while adding a complex love interest! It’s no secret that I’m a zombie lovin’ fool!
Red Run by Kami Garcia – I’ve never been a fan of ghost story’s until the last 6 months or so. Red Run is another reason why my opinion of them has changed. This is a fantastic ghost story set in the south that is full of intrigue, mystery and sent chills up my spine-throw in a local urban legend and I’m in love! I truly hope that Kami expands on this story-it’d be a best seller!
Things About Love by Jackson Pearce – I am probably the last person to jump on the Jackson Pearce train but when I did, it was a one way trip! I couldn’t stop reading her work until I’ve absorbed everything she’s written. Things About Love is kind of a companion to As You Wish and the Jinn mythology. In this ‘Sweetly’ romantic story, a Jinn wants to learn about love and believes it can be done with one single kiss!
Niederwald by Rachel Vincent – Sabine and Emma from The Soul Screamers series are featured in this short story. Emma and Sabine go off together for a project or so Emma thinks but Sabine is really off to Niederwald to see an Oracle and the next thing Emma knows there’s Harpies and chaos… If you haven’t read The Soul Screamers series by Rachel yet, I highly recommend that you do!
Merely Mortal by Melissa Marr – The Wicked Lovely series characters, Donia and Keenan are going on a vacation. I’ll leave it at that for those who haven’t finished Darkest Mercy yet!
Facing Facts by Kelley Armstrong – This one comes from The Darkest Powers series which is another series I adore! Chloe, Derek and Tori are fantastic characters; In this short story, Derek’s character opens up a bit, Chloe gets into trouble (of course!) but shows her courage and Tori discovers a shocking family secret.
Let’s Get This Undead Show on the Road by Sarah Rees Brennan – This was the most humorous of all the stories! I’ve never read anything by Sarah but I will now. This one is about a rockin’ Vamp named Chris and his rather interesting band. Chris has his share of troubles-he doesn’t like being a vamp, nobody likes him all that much and he really doesn’t even like being in the band but when he and his band are kidnapped all of that changes!
Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready - From Jeri’s Shift/Shade books, this is written in verse from Logan’s point of view to his brother, Mickey. It makes sense that it would be in verse since Logan was an amazing song-writer and this was his way of communicating to Mickey. The brothers were extremely close and the guilt, grief and depression that Mickey is feeling over Logan’s death are destroying him. It’s just written in such a beautiful way; both brothers feelings are exposed and raw, I’m not embarrassed to admit that more than a few tissues were used.
Automatic by Rachel Caine - I love the Morganville Vampires and bringing Michael, Eve and Oliver together in this scenario was a great story.
Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions brought together a group of talented authors and offered fantastic stories of both well-known characters and some new ones; each story was unique and entertaining, not one story in the book was disappointing enough that I didn’t finish it. In fact, almost every story was like coming home to me. I knew many of the authors work and many of the characters that were written about, I couldn’t have asked for a better anthology!
THE FAERY SAYS: CHECK IT OUT! I LOVED IT, I BET YOU WILL, TOO! (less)
As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott is a true puzzle, while reading it my mind was spinning with a twenty different theories or possibilities....moreTHE FAERYS VIEW
As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott is a true puzzle, while reading it my mind was spinning with a twenty different theories or possibilities. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be about; I was expecting more of a paranormal romance where this is more on the science fiction side. Don’t get me wrong-there’s undying love and plenty of weirdness but not the kind I was prepared for. This is a difficult book to review without giving away spoilers and once that happens it takes the oomph out of the book. I’ll do my best to give the reviewer’s an idea of what the book is about and you can be the judge if this is the book for you or not without the spoilers.
Ava wakes up in a hospital bed with no real feel for her identity or surroundings. There are times when something will feel familiar but not, kind of in that déjà vu way that we’ve all experienced. When she’s released from the hospital she tries to get on with her life but she starts to have visions and dreams; visions and dreams of her in another life doing other things. Some of the people in this life are present in her visions and dreams but the one that stands out the most is a boy named Morgan. In her visions and dreams they fall in love but it is a highly forbidden love. Ava is a spy that is trained to watch those that could be a threat to the government and her job is to watch Morgan but Morgan’s to smart and he knows she is watching. Their love is real and it is also scary if they are caught. Ava believes these to be dreams and visions until she sees Morgan in real life and he makes contact with her. This is as far as I’m going with this review! To say anymore would spoil the book for anyone who hasn’t read it!
I enjoyed As I Wake but I must admit there were times when I was a bit confused, this could be because the story is told in Ava’s POV and she’s often confused between reality(s). It took me awhile to figure out what was going on and when I did, I still was confused a bit. I understood the concept and the book was enjoyable in the sense that I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on. As I wake is a book that you should keep an open mind and it will increase your enjoyment factor.
THE FAERY SAYS: IT WASN'T TERRIBLE BUT MY WINGS DIDN'T FLUTTER EITHER(less)
Fever by Lauren DeStefano starts off exactly where Wither left off. Rhine and Gabriel escape outside the fence of the mansion of her hu...moreTHE FAERYS VIEW
Fever by Lauren DeStefano starts off exactly where Wither left off. Rhine and Gabriel escape outside the fence of the mansion of her husband, Linden. Rhine leaves because she is in desperate fear for her life, is in search of freedom but mainly she is going to find her twin, Rowan, whom she knows has been worried sick about her and probably thinks she is dead. Despite that, she is determined to escape and make her way to Manhattan to find Rowan.
Gabriel and Rhine’s journey is fraught with danger from the underbelly of society to her father in laws quest to find her-at any cost. As they fight their way to Manhattan, they are caught by an insane woman, Madame, who cares for girls and provides them safety in exchange for their bodies to be sold. It is a strange world staged like a harem of girls who dress exotically in flowing garb, bangles and other jewelry. They don’t go by ‘names’ other than the ones that Madame gives them that are based on color and flowers and they dress accordingly. Rhine and Gabriel become enmeshed in their world for a little while and I’ll leave that part of the story for you to discover when you read it!
Gabriel and Rhine must always be on watch for the Gatherers, a group of what was once part of the governments ‘police’ now they capture girls to sell into polygamy. There are dangers everywhere and Rhine and Gabriel meet both the good and the bad in what’s left of society.
Now, on to the characters! There was a big part of me that fell in love with Linden despite the whole polygamy thing, he actually loves Rhine and Cecily and they have all they could possibly want but he doesn’t have a clue what an insane sadistic madman his father really is. This is where my problem came with Rhine (yes, this is going back to Wither) why, oh why, didn’t she tell him about what was in the basement? It could have saved a lot of heartache. Rhine is a wonderfully strong character who is loyal to those she cares about-leaving Linden left her carrying guilt but she also left a piece of her heart with him at the mansion. Her love and loyalty for Rowan is what drives her to make the dangerous journey from Florida to Manhattan, her guilt can be overwhelming for involving Gabriel and for those few times she secretly wishes she was back at the mansion with Linden and Cecily when things get really tough. Gabriel, although a fantastic character isn’t the one for Rhine in my opinion, he doesn’t have the strength that Rhine possesses and wouldn’t have made it without her. This could be because he’s been a servant in the mansion for 9 years and has had no contact with the outside world or it could just be his character. Either way, as much as I like Gabriel I don’t feel that whole ‘love connection’ between them.
Fever was really one of those books where I felt almost every emotion; at times I felt despair and depression, anger and rage, terrified and frightened and safe and loved. This is because of the beauty of Laurens writing, it draws you into feeling everything the characters are feeling. It’s this skillful narrative that makes this novel so fantastic because I became so invested in all of the characters, the secondary as well as main. When Lauren describes the world that Rhine and the others live in, whether it be the mansion, Madame’s or the streets, I could visualize myself there with them and envision the world through their eyes, again because of Lauren’s adept and beauty at descriptive writing.
I cannot wait for the third and final installment to come out as there was a bit of a cliffie and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.
Julie has once again out done herself with a fascinating and chilling tale of a dystopian world ruled by vampires and the humans' who both depend on t...moreJulie has once again out done herself with a fascinating and chilling tale of a dystopian world ruled by vampires and the humans' who both depend on them and fear them greatly.
Told as only Julie can do, the action is non-stop and the creepy dystopian world she paints for the reader is all to realistic-which I found deliciously frightening! Allie, the MC is without a doubt one of my favorite heroinnes of all time: she is independent, street-wise and hard as nails in this vampire/man eat man dystopian world yet she retains a compassionate heart that she rarely shows.
Allie's journey throughout The Immortal Rules is fraught with danger, pre-virus intrigue, truly creeptastic moments and even love.
That's all for now, a more thorough review closer to publish date! Put this one on your calender or Pre-order now!
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Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is nothing short of how spectacular I thought it would be. The anticipation that had built up knowing that Julie was going to the fang side was well worth it. When I got the ARC in my greedy little hands, I was tearing into it before the envelop hit the garbage can. Yes, I did stop to admire the cover but what I really wanted to get to was inside that gorgeous cover!
The true gem of Immortal Rules likes in Julies titillating plot: just when you think you’ve seen every possible vampire scenario, Julie goes and changes the genre much like she did for the Fae world. Told as only Julie can do, the action is non-stop and the creepy dystopian world she paints for the reader is all too realistic-which I found deliciously frightening!
Imagine yourself living in the worse ghetto possible with no lawful system in place, no food, no shelter, nothing… it’s a survivors dystopia but then add in cannibals, gangs that rape you and worse but that still isn’t the worse! Add in Vamps that often roam the streets at dark plucking juicy morsels out of the best hiding spots they can find. This is the world that Allie lives in. Allie lives in a world that is ruled by the vampires, sure she could get more food if she’d let the vamps stamp her like the rest of the herd but she refuses to let them take any more from her then they already have. She has her ‘gang’ that sort of look out for each other but in this world, people don’t live long. Allie is hard as nails, kick-ass and take names later and extremely world wise. Allie does have a softer side and she takes pity on the weaker kid in their group, making sure he has enough to eat but at the same time she resents him for not pulling his weight.
On a trip out of the ‘safe area’ looking for food, Allie becomes what she detests the most but she’s give a choice: die or live as a vamp. She chooses to live as a vamp but she has a mentor who sets her out on her own when he’s taught her all he can. It’s then that Allie runs into a traveling human pack and falls in love with Zeke and Zeke in love with her.
The way Julie portrayed this beautiful love affair was perfect; it was earned, it was earnest and it was the love we all wish for. I hate to bring in The Iron Fey because Immortal Rules deserves its own review but I saw this with her characters in that series. No insta-love but a love that is based on getting to know that person. Of course there’s an initial physical attraction but that’s so for all romance, it’s the deep romance that Julie does so beautifully.
World building-WOW! I was right there the whole time; Immortal Rules is one of those books where I found myself in another world-literally. I could imagine every scene as if I were there-sights, smells and audio. It’s a rare gift when an author can drag me in that deep into a book that when the phone rings, I don’t hear it until it’s on its third ring or I don’t use the bathroom until I have to pretzel dance all the way to the bathroom! I’d say maybe 15, maybe 20 novels out of a couple of thousand that I’ve read have done that to me, two (2) of them by Julie herself!
There is so much more I’d love to say but I refuse to ruin this book for anybody. All I can do is sing the praises of this magnificent book and its magnificent author and give the best advice to you all: READ IMMORTAL RULES!
THE FAERY SAYS THAT IMMORTAL RULES BY JULIE KAGAWA ROCKED MY WINGS!
Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin-Teen for allowing me to view this galley in exchange for my honest opinion. (less)
The Marked (Delcroix #2) by Inara Scott is the second installment in the The Delcroix Academy series. The first book, The Candidates, w...moreTHE FAERYS VIEW
The Marked (Delcroix #2) by Inara Scott is the second installment in the The Delcroix Academy series. The first book, The Candidates, was one of my favorite books of 2010. Ms. Scott does a spectacular job in this paranormal romance filled with danger, thrills, mystery and intrigue an oh, let's not forget swoon worthy romance!
The Marked is one of those books that is difficult to put down, most of the same characters are present from The Candidated (Delcroix Academy, Book # 1) so I had a sense that I knew most of the people present that I knew and loved (or disliked). The narrative was fantastic with just the right amount of tension to keep me turning pages deep into the night. In true Inara Scott style there were shocks and thrills throughout and rarely a dull moment.
Dancia remains at Delacroix with her loyal girlfriends and of course, Cam-the love of her life. Dancia still isn't trusted by some of the eldest watchers who believe she helped Jack get away after stealing 2 valuable books from the counsel library from the first book. She still misses Jack who she believes is innately good but had a rough life and holds people at bay for fear of getting hurt.
There is still danger lurking around Delcroix Academy, specifically a powerful group of kids with powers that are out to destroy the Academy and they don't care who gets hurt. They are called The Irin and they form cells that work co-dependently together all over the world under a man named Gregori, the problem is they are getting bolder in their attacks and they have some serious talent.
The fight to save Delcroix Academy and even their very own lives against Gregori and his Irin followers has everyone on edge. Ms. Scott does a marvelous job of displaying how fear can either bring people together or push them apart. I am as much, if not more, invested in the characters and actually care about them as if they were my own friends or enemies; this is how beautifully Ms. Scott depicts her characters. The plot weaves in its twists and turns when you least expect them and keeps the book flowing and exciting until the very end. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series!
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