...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)
I think this is the one of the rare times that I would like my book to have less romance. Because the terminator theme was great. Wren w...moreI like Reboot.
I think this is the one of the rare times that I would like my book to have less romance. Because the terminator theme was great. Wren was such a bad-*ss... until she started getting confused because of Callum. Still Reboot is still worth reading because you gotta love the fighting scenes!
I liked the fact that Wren admitted that she kind of enjoyed killing people (or adult Reboots) for HARC. Because she was trained to do so, and she was really good at it. When she started to grow a conscience because of Callum's insistent questions on morality, she began to wonder whether taking orders from HARC is really the right thing to do for a Reboot like her.
Fantastic storyline I tell you, but the ultra sappiness of Callum towards Wren just didn't work for me. Not to mention that the ending left me wanting more violence, or even bad luck for them. Why? Because I thought the situation was too easy to get out of in the end. (Or maybe I'm just nitpicking, whatever.)
Well, I will pick up the sequel that's for sure. I hope Wren will still be the same bad-*ss Number One Seventy Eight, and not some unmoving and helpless Reboot who freezes in the middle of a fight when Twenty Two is not even trained in combat.
Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins/HarperTeen for granting my galley request.(less)
I love reading stories about strong heroes who are humble. Here in The Queen's Army, that humi...moreI recommend The Queen's Army.
...Whoa whoa whoa. Ze'ev!!!
I love reading stories about strong heroes who are humble. Here in The Queen's Army, that humility was realized in Ze'ev's character (more apparent in Scarlet). And the fact that Ze'ev does not delight in hurting other people is a major plus (even if he just needed to defend himself). My man here is the freakin' perfect soldier!
The Queen's Army highlighted Ze'ev's beginnings in preparation for his role in Scarlet. I think this is my favorite e-novella so far, among all I've read. Man, I was half in love with Ze'ev already! He's strong, smart, and takes action when the situation calls for it, no matter how brutal the outcome may be. I firmly believed that this should be more than just an e-novella. Full story please, Marissa Meyer? :)
I guess I have a new book boyfriend? Oh, yeah. *winks*(less)
... So, I finally met Cinder's stepfather. You do know what happened to him in the fairy tale, right? :(
Glitches showed how Cinder came into her adoptive family. It also narrated Cinder's initial struggle over her being a cyborg. And she discovered her gift on tinkering at this time.
This e-novella has a sad tone. But to her stepmom's credit, Adri was not at all bad at the start. She really loved Cinder's stepdad. And it was love at first sight for Peony on Cinder. I liked this part, such a simple take on one's kindness towards someone who lost everything.(less)
... definitely a series to watch out for. This is the debut novel you don't want to miss! :D
Arclight was gripping, especially for the first five chapters. I was still finding a comfortable position to read in my swivel chair when I froze. Because it is only Chapter 1, and Fade was already attacking Arclight. Talk about an aggressive start! And yes, I already got the whiff of Tobin, the grudgingly intriguing love interest. *swoon*
Marina came outside of Arclight two months prior her stay there. She knows she's different; she can tell by the way other people look at her. She's shunned and feared, because it was a well known fact that nobody survives outside. In the Gray, especially in the Dark, where the Fade exist. Until she appeared, and now people are suspicious of her.
I am so ready to be horrified out of my wits, and I did for a while. But when the sci-fi element was revealed, ahh. The terror dwindled. Still, the story was inarguably fun for a post-apocalyptic fan like me. Arclight was reminiscent of two of my favorite books (If I mentioned them, you might get spoiled) so the originality I once felt at the beginning was short-lived. The romance twist in the end didn't help, either. I thought, "Hey, I think I've read this before..?"
Arclight was fast-paced, solidly written, and it really kept me at the edge of my seat. I actually thought this was a standalone, but I was wrong. I really enjoyed Josin L. McQuein's story - slightly creepy and a tad romantic. :)
Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins/Greenwillow for granting my galley request.(less)
...there's something psychotic about Warner... that I really, really like. :D
If only to have a sneek peek on Warner’s twisted mind, I really liked Destroy Me. Calling him twisted is almost an exaggeration, because Warner really is in love with Juliette. So maybe he’s just misunderstood..? Hahaha.
And I strongly felt Warner’s utter dislike (hatred?) to Adam! Well yeah, Adam’s the one, but I can’t help but be amused with Warner’s destructive imagination on what he will do to Adam once he get his hands on him. *gleeful*
I will say it again. Warner is a formidable enemy, an even likeable one for my taste. Ooh, I cannot wait for Warner-Adam throwdown!
She put my hand in the fire once. Just to see if it would burn, she said. Just to check if it was a regular hand, she said. I was 6 years old then. I remember because it was my birthday.
...poor Selene. Although this e-novella proved just how deranged Luthor is.
And I did learn something about Victria, Bartie, Kayleigh, and Harley. Why they acted the way they did in Across the Universe and A Million Suns. It made me realized how Elder's friends are still human regardless of the effects of Godspeed and Eldest's rule among them.
I saw how their friendships were before it fell apart, through Selene's eyes, who felt like an outsider among them. I miss Harley. :( I kind of liked Kayleigh. And Bartie is not that bad, he's actually cool back then. Victria is a little bit complicated. Luthor... what a waste of talent and friendship, but deranged is deranged.
Now I'm excited on how Shades of Earth will be after reading this. I hope it will be phenomenal. :D(less)
Three kingdoms. Auranos, Paelsia, Limeros. Four POVs (at one time, five). Cleo, Jonas, Lucia and Magnus. It was hard to track everyone, to tell you the truth. Because just when I was getting comfortable with Magnus, the POV shifts to Lucia, or Cleo. Given that, I am not sure which of them I should give my support, so to speak. But Magnus is the most compelling among them. Intriguing, this prince was. =)
So maybe if you like A Game of Thrones, there is a possibility that Falling Kingdoms will appeal to you. The lack of regard to characters is a similarity. Why, you ask? See, the first character who was growing on me, while I'm still on the verge of attaching to him... he was murdered. After displaying himself as a formidable man to watch out for, he has to die suddenly. *grunts* I hate that author's trick.
Suffice it to say that I clung to Magnus to give me hope on this rather boring lament of Cleo and maybe Jonas, too. I couldn't care less what happened to them. So Magnus' character... his tortured soul was such a joy to watch. I have no qualms if he's good or bad. I just want Magnus to be this powerful, definitive, and convincing Blood Prince that everyone expects him to be. Bring it on, then. I'm sure Magnus will fit the role perfectly. *evil grin*
The few curveballs that made Falling Kingdoms a massive jolt to my system? I'm still deciding if I like them. I think I need to read Rebel Spring to say if this fantasy is worth investing my time and emotions to. I believe it can be better, so let's hope that it will be.(less)
Almost made me a convert.. to Team Warner. I prefer pyschotic guys. :D
...as for Chapter 62? I've read hotter scenes than that. So im...moreI like Unravel Me.
Almost made me a convert.. to Team Warner. I prefer pyschotic guys. :D
...as for Chapter 62? I've read hotter scenes than that. So imagine my disappointment when my wild anticipation was not met properly. *huffs*
Loneliness is a bitter, wretched companion. Sometimes it just won’t let go.
Shatter Me was alright. Didn't get me that excited over Unravel Me. But after reading Destroy Me, I was psyched to see where this sequel will lead me.
So, my verdict: while Unravel Me was unputdownable and relentless with emotions, I still wasn't satisfied with its ending. I'm thinking, while Tahereh Mafi can write eloquently, I'm not sure if she has the talent to wrap up stories as intensely as she started them..? I'm having problems on how she closes each installment. :/
But sometimes I think – sometimes I wonder – if I were a monster, surely, I would feel it by now?
I want to be clear that I only like Juliette when she went Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to someone who's close to her at that time of her change. She was such a cold-hearted bad-*ss! Did you see how she manhandled Kenji? or how she blatantly damaged Warner's father? It was awesome! But when Juliette went dramatic over Adam/Warner, forget it. I wanted to throttle her every time.
But I mean, why even a love affair? I never understood that kind of crap. If you’re not happy, just leave. Don’t cheat. Doesn’t take a genius to figure that shit out.
I get it, that Kenji will be the sidekick guy. But he did have his strong points. And every time he bombarded Juliette with the hard truths, I applauded him. I believe he's the most consistent character in this series.
I know who I am. That’s enough for me.
I have to give Warner some credit. Because he's really... immovable, self-willed, unbending. I heard whispers that Unravel Me was all about Warner. Halfway through the book, and Warner is still a no-show... but when he did... Oh golly, he rocked the chapters! His character was just that potent. He's not a good guy, but his transformation from a cruel monster to a somewhat resembling a human being, it was worth watching out for. Man, Warner. *sigh*
That thing that bugged me the most about this sequel: the love triangle was distorted, I might even go as far as biased. I mean, I'm not even Team Warner (and not that a solid Team Adam, either), but I saw that Warner's character was heavily favored than Adam's. C'mon! Love triangles are okay, but for goodness' sake let there be a fair fight among rivaly teams! Warner was unmistakably strong in character, but Adam was unbalanced, crumbling, left to deteriorate. =( It was sad, really. The unhealthy love triangle here took out the challenge in rooting for the right guy. And Juliette didn't help, either.
Unravel Me is a bit better than Shatter Me. But only a bit. The ending more or less showed me who will be winning Juliette in book 3.(less)