So even if there are several holes in the plot, Countdown was enjoyable nonetheless. I especially liked chapter 1 -- reminded me...moreI recommend Countdown.
So even if there are several holes in the plot, Countdown was enjoyable nonetheless. I especially liked chapter 1 -- reminded me of the opening scene of The Saw movie. :D
This is a quick read.
Yes, the challenges are not that hard to accomplish, and yes, the romance seemed too quick to develop, but the fast pace drove me into sticking with the characters. Rooting for them to win (and maybe hope that Kira and Rogan ended up together). As hurried as the relationship was between them, I admit that those little hot scenes are definite swoon material. *ahem*
The best parts are last few chapters. Made me think that Michelle Rowen will disappoint me, considering all I had going through the book is the romance. But she pulled through. Good twist and good outcome, I say.
If you are looking for a quick dystopian fix, try Countdown. I don't think you'll mind the loose ends, and thank goodness this is a standalone.
Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for granting my galley request. 3.5/5(less)
...Not surprising in many ways, but still gory fun. :D
My good friend Janus tells me that she found The Eternity Cure too slow for her liking. I didn't. It was relatively easy for me to finish this sequel. Simply put, Julie Kagawa's vampire series is bloodier, more menacing, and unmistakingly lethal than ever.
Allison is stronger now, because she knew that in order to save her sire from his worst nightmare (hers, too), she needs to be in her top form. She doesn't want to think about what (and who) she left in New Eden. Or her inevitable face-off with her blood brother. Or the monster that's waiting for her when she finds Kanin.
The predictability of certain twists was a bit sore for me, but the bloody gore made up for it. Allison was a "better" vampire, if you can call her that. I think that being a vampire made her more human than when she was a Fringer.
I really, reallyZeke here. He's struggling with Jeb's teachings clashing with his feelings for Allie. His emotions were blatantly displayed all throughout the book, and yet this made him more compact both as a soldier and as a human.
Jackal was very magnetic. He made the gloomy situations light, even laughable at times. But I still think he's dangerous. So here's another one to add in my collection of bad villains that I really love. :D
The Eternity Cure is an impressive sequel. It made me think that even if I haven't read the Iron Fey series, with Blood of Eden series alone I would still be a Julie Kagawa fan.
Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for granting my galley request.(less)
...took me a while to get reacquainted with Harrington's writing. But it's worth it! While Saving June is still my favorite, Sp...moreI recommend Speechless.
...took me a while to get reacquainted with Harrington's writing. But it's worth it! While Saving June is still my favorite, Speechless still managed to render me smiling and happy by the time I finished it. =)
I was delighted with Chelsea's hot and cold persona. She can be a witch sometimes, but she can be human, too. She can be cowering from shame and despair with the bullying, but she can be a total awestruck ditz when she sees Brendon..! It was funny to me, I don't know why. At least shes' not that depressing even if Chelsea thinks that her life is so over.
I rarely like nice guys. But I have one from Geek Girl, and that's Trevor. He's such a sweetie! and now I have another one in here... Sam. =) He skateboards, he cooks, and he's... good good. You know? He's Noah's best friend and I was expecting he will be this very, very angry kid towards Chelsea. Well, he's not overjoyed, but he's not hostile to her, either. It raised my eyebrows a little, but it was nice. :)
But my favorite character is definitely Andy. Cute, chain-smoking, angsty, angry, gay Andy! *beams* He's not the MC, but I felt that he's role is so big, and perfectly tuned to the theme of the story.
Speechless did not display Harrington's remarkable writing as compared to Saving June. But the depth of emotions and the strong chemistry between characters is still amazing as ever. I may start reading Harrington's work with the blues, but I always finished it with the warm fuzzies. *grins excitedly*
One more thing: Kristen should meet Lindsay of Before I Fall. I'd like a showdown of these mean girls. Oh yeah.
Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin for granting my galley request.(less)
Feels like Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire without the codependency issue. Same brand of corniness for the second part of the book. Same bad boy turned mushy scmuck. Ugh.
First half: Swooon. Second half: Never mind. Okay, okay. it was downright corny. Crap, where was the Noah that made me tingle in the first half? Gone, i tell you. Gone.
Halfway through, I am in love, until Noah opened his mouth and said,
I'd fill her up and make her realize she'd always be empty without me.
Say the word, baby, and I'll rock your world.
Look at me, baby. I know you love me. Three nights ago you were willing to offer everything to me.
Wouldn't you know, he's a cocky little sh*t who's so full of himself! Echo needs this arrogant jerk?!!! Grrr! *maniacally tears at my hair*
I really liked Ms. Collins. Such devotion and determination to help troubled teens like Echo and Noah is very touching. I also liked how McGarry weaved their drama. But the sleazy lines, yuck. They killed the romance for me. And Echo's mom? When she recovered and still did nothing to appease Echo's questions? i hate her.
This is not as entertaining as I expected it to be. Ethan, you suck!
For all things JKagawa-ish, The Lost Prince is disappointing and I say that with a sad heart. Angry, angsty Ethan for the 1/3 of the book is good. Still angry, angsty Ethan during 2/3 - frowned upon. Angry, angsty Ethan until I finished is downright irritating. I totally get where he's coming from. But geez, Ethan still sounds like the whiny kid who got abducted by the faeries years ago!
I was excited to go back to Nevernever, but as the book progresses, I realize... there was nothing new to rave about. Sure, there's Grimalkin and the Iron Realm. A glimpse of Meghan, Ash, and Puck (Leanansidhe, too). But it stops there. When the story goes back to Ethan and Kenzie, I was like, meh. Here we go again with their drama.
The "Guro" element was weird. I am sure that we didn't use that term when we address our instructors. (I think I need to find Kali students to confirm if they really call their teachers "Guro".) And the "Mang-Huhula", too. That's the Filipino term for a fortune-teller or, a Seer. Imagine me frowning while I encounter these words in the book. Sigh.
If not for Puck's endearing cameo roles (I love that guy) and Ash's (Yes!), this would've been a total fail for an Iron Fey fan like me. I'm even more interested in Kierran's plight than Ethan's! Yeah, I'm so unhappy. =(
The Lost Prince is The Iron King with only a guy (a very annoying one at that) as MC. See? Nothing new about it.
Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for granting my galley request.(less)
The Juliet Spell could’ve been good. Sadly, after a funny and enjoyable start, the cracks started to appea...moreI didn't like The Juliet Spell.
The Juliet Spell could’ve been good. Sadly, after a funny and enjoyable start, the cracks started to appear. Douglas Rees lost his grip on me when Edmund acted out like a modern-day, hormone-driven teenage boy instead of a gentleman from Elizabethan times. I was annoyed with Miranda over her falling in love with Edmund a day after she ‘magicked’ him into her present time. C’mon, man. That fast?!!
Miranda, who desperately wanted to be Juliet in her school’s play, got more than she bargained for. She only wanted to be Juliet when she conjured the spell. Instead, Edmund turned up. Miranda is pitiful, watching Edmund play Romeo both in the stage and in real life. What I don’t understand is how she acted like she has any claim on him on such a short time they’ve been together. I don’t like Edmund: immature and child-like. If there’s anything I’d like from the characters, it’s Drew. He’s smart, loyal, and very talented.
The Juliet Spell took me behind the curtain of theatre, be it a school play only. The time travel of Edmund wasn’t much of a thrill for me (I was lost on the ‘neutral space’ theory). I did not see that twist coming but it does little to excite the conflict. Well, I liked the ending – not entirely sad, but hopeful. The Juliet Spell is just a so-so read for me.(less)
The makeup of The Immortal Rules is very different from Iron Fey series. It's a far cry from the playfulness of Puck, the naivete of Meghan, and the renewal of Ash. But it doesn't mean it didn't favor my big appetite for post-apocalyptic themes. I reveled at the bleakness of Allison's vampire world! This solidifies Julie Kagawa's versatility in writing. Hey Julie, I am a fan!
For such a dark content, the MC should also be dark as well. Not necessarily evil, just not unsuspecting to the dangerous world she's in. And Allie did not disappoint. Her main purpose is to survive. Even if she sees her friends getting killed, she forcefully walked away for self-preservation. But she is not without guilt of being alive. It ate at her everyday.
And the thing I liked about Allie's character was that she was just not a vampire. She trained and got skills from her sire. She was a fighter, then a warrior! I would like to think that Allie can defend herself with more than just her fangs. Right? Not to mention she has no qualms of hurting someone because she was threatened. This is a girl who will not take a beating lying down. *fist pump*
The love interest was too much of a boy-next-door for my taste, but he also have merits, for he was a skilled fighter, too.
Paranormal and post-apocalyptic themes never did well for me, but The Immortal Rules changed my mind. It was sinister at the beginning until the end. I love it!
Hopelessness? Check. Kick-*ss heroine? Check. A devious plot that will suck you in? Check.
This is not a fairy tale. It's the end of the world. Vampires are lording over humans, and Rabids are ravaging the ruins. I say: Unsheath that katana, Allison! Let's draw blood. *evil, evil grin*
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I never thought i’d love the steampunk genre this much, because of this book. the prequel The Strange Case of Finley Jane solidly built this first book into stardom!
if you’ve been reading my reviews, then by now you know i crave for action on the books that i read. lots and lots of action. and The Girl in the Steel Corset has lots of it! Hand-to-hand combat, man-vs-machine combat, girl-vs-guy combat. man, oh man it was delicious!
i find the story easy to grasp, easy to follow. there are a lot of unique elements that made me think, this author is good!
FINLEY JANE is one kick-ass chick. Literally. i love her!
Finley is a female version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Two personalities in one female body is taking a toll on Finley. she can’t hold a job, she can’t run back to her family. when she was taken in by Griffin, it is understandable why she is suspicious of his intent. having her share of malicious men pawing on her, it’s not hard to mistrust Griffin. But powerful Griffin slowly breaks her wall.. and into her heart. wee!
i didn’t mind the constant push/pull of Finley’s and Griffin’s relationship. i figured i can wait til the next installment for their budding romance.
everything a heroine should be, i found in Finley. she takes care of herself, doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone, gets defensive when she feels threatened. and yet, she longs for friendship, for family, and maybe, for love. she is such an enticing character! the conflict between her normal self and her darker self is entertaining.
i adore Griffin, he is really fitted to be a duke. i hate Sam, such a loser and a whiner (ungrateful bastard). i envied Emily, with her intelligence and loyalty to her friends. i like Jasper! he should be emily’s partner. he’s much more charming than that bloke. Jack – he is that one character i can’t quite figure out. is he a friend or foe? i admit his bad boy appeal is more attractive than Griffin’s aristocratic redheadedness (lol), but i am rooting for Griffin. C‘mon Griff, let’s take it up a notch with Finley! Jack is nothing but a criminal. But you, oh you are so, so much more than a duke.
i was left hanging in the end! but in a good way. this time, i can’t wait for their adventure outside of London.
i was always fascinated with Victorian setting, and add to that world a bunch of automatons, telekinesis, access to the nether world, and a little bit of romance - it makes an astounding story for a girl who came into terms with merging herself to a whole new person and became a strong woman (inside and out) of her time.(less)
I guess I’ll start by saying… I liked Goddess Interrupted in spite of its many flaws. It does not bore like so many mi...moreI like Goddess Interrupted.
I guess I’ll start by saying… I liked Goddess Interrupted in spite of its many flaws. It does not bore like so many middle books, but i’ll admit that the characters are annoying enough to classify it as such. i love Kate, but gosh, she really is a whiner sometimes. And Henry is so infuriating! I have never met (or read, for that matter) a god with so many emotional baggage like he has.
After living above for six months, Kate cannot wait to go in Eden Manor and be with Henry. To her dismay, Henry was not happy to see her. Why is that? Henry is one emo boy, that’s why. Ugh. I thought Henry’s character would’ve have develop into a confident, less-than-sallow male lead by now. Sadly, he is still this indifferent, insecure god who cannot believe that someone such as Kate can love him. What. A. Loser. All throughout the book, I saw Kate reassuring Henry of her love, Kate doubting Henry’s affection for her, and Kate doing little to prove she is worthy to be a goddess.
Like I said, I still liked the book. Perhaps my connection with Kate is too real, too emotional to ignore. You see, i hate rejection. And Kate’s constant mulling over Henry’s rejection of her is something I felt so strongly about. Also, Calliope is one scheming, manipulative goddess that I can’t help but cheer on.
Persephone is intolerable. Ava’s character is disappointing. You’d think that as Aphrodite, she’d be as vain, scheming and manipulative like Calliope. But Ava is nothing but a pretty decor beside Kate.
If you liked The Goddess Test, there’s a likely possibility that Goddess Interrupted will appeal to you, too.(less)
As I said, she chose to die rather than to stay with me. I was her husband, but she simply loved him more.
This is a new series to watch out for.
I was not smitten at first. Although the story has a new concept, the first half of the book was just average to me. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. But moving on the second half, i felt i was falling. It’s like the book and I started out as friends. We find something in common, what makes us comfortable with each other. As the need to protect and be faithful rise up, it is in the end that i realized: i am in love with The Goddess Test.
I’ll start with the cover. At first glance, it did not catch my eye. But looking it again and again, it started to blossom into something pretty. Very pretty. The girl reminded me of Jessica Alba. So i thought of Kate as looking like Jessica.
The story revolves around the story of Hades and Persephone. In this case, Persephone’s gone so Henry has to look for someone to take her place as his wife and Queen of the Underworld. But the girl has to be worthy of immortality so she has to take the test.
Kate has to pass seven tests. If she fails even one, the consequences are very dangerous, especially for Henry.
As Kate deals with living her autumn and winter days with Henry in the Eden Manor, she realizes that this life is not as bad as she thought. More so, she didn’t felt little need to go back to the real world for the next half of the year. Being with Henry, she learned how to make friends, have a family, love and fight for a guy who lost the will to live. Or exist.
The synopsis misled me. It is not actually Kate’s mom that is the reason for her to enter into a bargain with Henry. Kate did it to save a friend’s life. No, not a friend but a person i so wanna see to stay dead. For the life of me, i could not imagine giving half of my year for the rest of my life just so someone (who is cruel to me) can live. And that is what Kate did.
Kate has no friends because she took care of her sick mom since freshman year. She also does not date because of that. If there’s one thing to describe her, it’s this: martyr. I’m not sure if i like that, and it made me wary to like her. But the author gave room for Kate to grow on me, since Kate is still beginning to know herself and open up to living a life, especially without her mom. By the time i finished the chapters, i felt a kinship with her. And yes, Kate, you did right. Even I was proud of you.
The one thing that strikes me the most is Kate’s frankness. It was such a refreshing character for a heroine. And for that, i love her.
Henry – for a Hades character, he’s pretty soft. Solemn. Cautious. But i liked it. There are few times i got to glimpse of the Lord of the Underworld and it was enough. He is more human than a god, but it suits him. After all, Hades does not belong to Olympus, right? He mostly stayed in the Underworld. So i get it that he’s lonely. And feels unloved. Henry is such a vulnerable character and it is just right for my taste.
James. I have mixed feelings for him. Is he in love with Kate? For such a short time, it is not possible. But it seems that he does. I felt sorry for him. But i think he’ll be a major character in the next book. Love triangle, anyone?
The mythology is intact. The twists came one after the other and i was like, ‘ok, what just happened?’ and when the time came for the verdict to be delivered, whether Kate passed or failed, i’m shaking my head in disbelief saying, ‘no way! No freakin’ way!’ then a smile slowly spreads across my face. It was a good read.
Debut authors are sweeping the YA shelves like a crazy tidal wave! And Aimee Carter is one of them. The Goddess Test will show you the side of the Olympians that are all too human and yet, staying true to their nature.
Keep trying until you have no more chances left. And even then, you keep going.