Okay, I know a lot of people have had issues with this book. But I didn't. I loved it. I know that it's...moreAlso reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm.
Okay, I know a lot of people have had issues with this book. But I didn't. I loved it. I know that it's basically just Luce stepping in and out of Announcers in different times and places, but I loved seeing her past lives with Daniel. I loved seeing them fall in love so deeply each time, it was so romantic. As you should already know if you've read the first two books (Which you better have if you're reading this review!!!), Daniel has had to watch Luce die over, and over, and over again with each reincarnation. He falls in love with her as a different person, with the same soul, each time and she falls in love with him and just as they start to proclaim that love, poof. She dies. It's so tragic, but such a romantic tragic love story.
Also, in this third installment, you get to read Daniel's point-of-view. Every other chapter is Daniel's. I really loved seeing through his eyes and getting an insight on his feelings and the way he thinks. It also adds a lot to the history of him and Luce, and the fallen angels.
The only thing that I can remember really bugging me was the fact that it seemed like Luce STILL needed to know about her love with Daniel after so many past lives. She knew after so many of them that their love was true, and she kept whining about missing him. I know, though, that this book was about learning about the past with them. But I hated how she basically whined through the whole thing.
And ugh, Bill. I knew something was up with him as soon as Luce met him. I was always suspicious of him, even when I kind of liked how he helped Luce. But the whole time I was waiting for him to do something. Not going to go into too much detail about him, ha. Or I'll give away everything with him and rant on and on and on about how...nevermind!
Overall, I loved this installment. I'm dying to read Rapture, but I want to save some time and read Fallen in Love. I'm really sad that Rapture is the last book. These books make me cry so hard. They make my heart hurt. The writing flows well and you fly through SO many pages so fast, even though the chapters are super long. Which I don't mind in these books. If you haven't tried this series yet, please do! I know a lot of people stay away from them because they are the type that is either a love, or a hate relationship. Can't be so-so about it, or at least I haven't seen anybody with a "Ooh, yeah I liked it. It was okay." feeling about it.(less)
I was really excited to spring back into this world after reading The Vespertine, even though I didn't absolutely love the first book. Also, with the ending, I was kind of upset when I found out that Amelia wouldn't be the narrator in this book, but also a bit intrigued. I really liked Zora in the first book.
After a while, I got sucked in. Zora changed a lot since the first book, due to her loss, but I really like the change in her. I was really sad for her in the beginning of the book, but after a while she met two guys who could potentially be the one after Thomas.
When I wasn't reading this book, I was thinking about it. Historical Romance is definitely one of my favorite genres now. I've liked what I've read of Historical Romance, but I haven't read that much of it, but I definitely will be now! I love the late 1800s, with all the courting and seasons. It's so romantic! Imagine if we were back in that time period and a kiss was either a ruin or a way of marking someone as your own. Sealing your fate with a kiss! It's so romantic! Gah!
The writing and descriptions were so beautiful. They painted a vivid picture in my mind and I was so sucked in that I didn't even see anything in the world around me! The chapters are so long it seems, but so much happens and the book seems longer than 275 pages, which isn't a bad thing. It as really good with this book!
I want more! I want more Zora and Emerson, and I'm so happy with the last line on the book! But at the same time I was like, "IT CAN'T END LIKE THIS!!". I'm really looking forward to what is going to happen in the third book. There isn't a summary or anything yet on it, so I'll definitely be looking out for that, but I really hope it's with Amelia and Zora! If it's another narrator, I think I may cry and be very upset.
Zora is definitely my favorite of the two! And gah, I'm so intrigued by these random magics that are in these books. In the first book, Amelia has a gift of seeing into the future at sunset, and in this book Zora finds an infinity for water, which is AWESOME. And another special someone, I'm not saying who, has an infinity for the earth and can make flowers, and gardens grow!
Overall, this was a really great book. I really enjoyed it and I'm very eager to find out about the third book. I wish it was out. I don't have the luxury of finishing one and starting on the next anymore. If you like historical romance, this is definitely the series for you! =)(less)
Wow, okay. So let's keep track of my ratings for this series so far: The Body Finder=5 stars, Desires of the Dead=4 stars, and now The Last Echo=5 stars. WHAT?! This series is amazing! The first book was amazing--but the sequel, Desires of the Dead--didn't really catch me right away. It wasn't my favorite, but I still enjoyed it. And then here comes The Last Echo and it completely blows the second book to pieces.
I can't figure out which is my favorite now, Book One, or now Book Three. How do I decide?! This isn't how a normal series goes. SOMETIMES the books get better each book, but most just start losing feeling. But this series is just wow. I really have no words. I can't describe anything right now.
The suspense completely killed me in this book. I mean, after reading the first two books, I was watching out for the suspense. It was inevitable. But it was A LOT stronger in this book and just completely had me gripping the sides of the book while reading it. I was so scared! My heart was beating so fast.
Though this book has a paranormal twist, it still feels VERY real. You believe EVERY word that you see in this book. Because it's REAL. (I don't mean real, real. Just real as in, you FEEL like it IS real.)Violet is an average--excluding her body finding ability--teenager with average teenage problems. Which I love about Violet. She's REAL.
And ugh, the love triangle. It makes me so furious! I hate love triangles 90% of the time. But this one I don't mind because it's real. (I'm going to use that word a lot in this review apparently....) I don't know who I like more. I mean, I adore Jay. I've adored him from the start. But there's also just something about Rafe, and it's not just the fact that he understands Violet and that he has abilities. There's something there that just makes you want to play "What if...?"
Overall, there isn't much I can say on this book. It was amazing. Completely drew me in and I couldn't stop, it was addiciting! If you haven't read this series yet, I really hope you will. I wish I'd read them along time ago. You don't just get in Violet's head, but you also get into the creepy head of the suspect they are looking for.(less)
Can I just say that I. FREAKING. LOVED. THIS. BOOK! and be done with my review? No? Okay, well it's true...moreAlso reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm
Can I just say that I. FREAKING. LOVED. THIS. BOOK! and be done with my review? No? Okay, well it's true. I love this series so much, it's definitely toward the top of my list of favorite YA series. This is one of those series that you just can't help but give EVERY book in the series 5 stars. And that is exactly what I did! I checked because I couldn't remember!
Forgiven completely pulled me into the story like no time had passed. Which, really, between Soul Thief and Forgiven, no time had really passed at all. Which I LOOOVE about this series! If my husband hadn't of stolen this book and started reading it after he finished the first two, I would have probably finished it within two days at least. Once I started reading it again, I couldn't stop. I kept having to MAKE myself to stop in order to savor it, but it was hard!
I can't think of a single thing that bothered me in this book, I mean yeah, sure there was a lot. But it was the things that are MEANT to annoy other you in a book. If that makes sense. That's the only things that bothered me. The writing is amazing and flows well and you just seriously can't stop.
And the characters, oh my! You get to learn a lot more about Beck in this book and I love it and you learn a lot more about the Demon Hunters, which now I've kind of grown to like. At least a few of them. =) You also see who Riley's REAL friends are and she's got a great bunch. =) I'd love to have them as friends!
You get to see her dad a bit as well, though I'm not going to say anything more about that as to not give off any spoilers. And if you haven't started this series yet, DO. IT. NOW! Seriously. I'm not joking. Buy it, borrow it, or even steal it if you have to. Okay, don't steal it....it's free at the library. To borrow....
Anyway, you can see I feel strongly about this series. Speaking of feelings. Oh, my God, what a roller coaster! Jana, I love you, but you drive my heart insane with these awesome books of yours. Really. My heart was thumping from suspense one minute, and then leaping for joy the next, and then completely being shattered the next minute! AAAH! Why?! Why must you torment me? I mean, it makes the book THAT much better, if that's even possible, but oh my!
Overall, this book is kick-ass. This series is kick-ass. Riley and Beck are kick-ass. EVERYTHING is kick-ass. Even the demons. They are scary! But that makes them kick-ass! I mean, I know they are bad and everything, but they are so fun to read about. This whole story arc is. I love this series, and I can't recommend it enough. READ IT! You'll love it. (Now I have the "Try it, you'll like it." Yo Gabba Gabba song stuck in my head, anyone else's children watch that weird show??") Trust me. You won't regret it.
Note: Yes, this was supposed to be the last book. But due to needing to tie up loose ends, because Jana is awesome, there will be a fourth book! It will sadly be the last, but at least there is another one coming! =D (less)
Wow! That's all I keep saying in my head when I think about this book. I thought I loved The Demon Trapper's Daughter, and I do, but it's sequel definitely knocked it out of the ball park. A lot of people debate whether or not sequels are better than the first, in some cases they aren't, but in this one it is! If you haven't read the first book, you should definitely go do it now. I can't stress that enough. You don't want to miss out on this series. It's unique, has a kick ass female protagonist, and just so fun to read. The writing is awesome, Jana Oliver definitely knows how to write. She pulls you in on the first page and doesn't let you off the ride until the last page. But then you're still hooked! You can't get it out of your head. It's embedded into your mind and you have to get your hands on the next book or you suffer the consequences. Withdrawels! I just finished this book last night, and boy am I suffering from withdrawels. They planned this! Have the first two awesome books come out in the same year, and then wait until Winter 2012 for the third to come out. Torture! But anyway, on to the characters. Amazing! They are very well developed. Real. They have problems, they aren't perfect. Just the way I like them! And Riley, poor girl just can't get a break! I'm not going to go further into that because I don't want to give away any spoilers. But god, I feel for her. And hmm, Beck. I'm so team Beck. I realllyyy hope to see some Beck and Riley action in the third book. If I don't, I think I'm going to cry. Please?! The other guys can just go to hell. Literally. Overall, if you haven't figured it out now, this book was amazing. Definitely on my top favorite series list and Jana is definitely on my author watch list. The cover is so pretty. I thought I loved the first book's cover, but this one is my favorite so far. Love the blue and the cemetery background. The model on the cover makes the perfect Riley! (less)
When I received Sleepless in the mail for review from BookDivas, I was happy because I have wanted to read one of Balog’s books for a while. I’m not really sure what I expected out of this book, I was kind of so-so with wanting to read Sleepless.
When I first started reading, it didn’t really catch a hold of me. I told myself I would give it 50 pages, it started to intrigue me a little bit after a while so I continued reading it. It’s not one of my favorites, but Sleepless was an okay book. I would like to read another one of Balog’s books, but I really don’t know what to say about this one.
The writing was good, and the plot was unique, but it just didn’t do much for me. I liked Eron and Julie, but Griffin, wow. I can’t really understand why Julie was with him. I mean, sure, he seems nice enough, but like one of those guys that has a REALLY mean side underneath.
Overall, it’s a very short read, and I guess I would recommend it to someone who wants something short and unique read. I wish I could of gotten to know more about the sandmen and their history. It was a really cool aspect of this story.(less)
Wow. I don't really know how to explain my thoughts on this book. This is another book that is finalizing my decision to create a new rating system. Three stars doesn't seem enough and four stars seems like it's one of my favorites. I mean, yeah, at first when I started reading I was worried I wouldn't get into it. But it's one of those books that is just easy to read. Everything flows to where you read fifty pages and don't even realize it. Which makes it a fast read.
Nearly 300 pages could seem like a lot to some people, but the chapters are very short. I mean, a few chapters were only a page and only a few sentences were on those pages. Some of them were just lists.
It was fun to read, at first I thought it was kind of confusing because it was the start of the book and throughout the book it goes back in forth to when Jody was with Zan and then back to the "present" where Zan is gone.
The plot had me SO freaking curious as to what happened to Zan. I got sucked in and couldn't stop. I'm really glad that I needed to read this one next for BookDivas, because it was refreshing. The last couple of books I have read have been some type of fantasy. The last real contemporary novel I read, that didn't have some sort of supernatural, or magical element to it was Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes and that was back in August.
But anyway, on to the characters. At first I didn't really connect with any of the characters, even the protagonist/main character Jody. But after a while I started feeling bad for her. She had her heart broken, but she was also in denial. She was obsessed. So it made everything kind of 50/50 with me. I felt bad for her, but at the same time she could fix it and move on. She needed to face the facts!
Noah was pretty cool, I liked him. Though in the beginning you don't learn much about him because Jody doesn't want to like him. She thinks she doesn't like him, even though she doesn't really know much about him other than he's a "Soccer Lovin' Kid".
There are some religious references in here due to the fact that Jody is Mormon and basically the whole town she lives in, called Haven, is a Mormon town. It really kind of puts you into the life of really religious Mormons. Though that is by far NOT the main point. At all. So don't worry if you're a non-religious person like me. I mean, I'm Christian, I believe in God, but I'm not religious. And I don't like religions being pushed onto people. But I'm going to get out of that, because this book doesn't do that and I was very happy about that. It started to worry me a little in the beginning.
Overall, this book was a good read. Not my favorite, but I overly enjoyed reading it. Though I wanted to smack the crap out of most of the characters 80% of the time. It kept me reading. I kind of wish there were a sequel in the making so I can figure out about Jody and someone I'm not going to name. =) Don't wanna giveaway any spoilers!
The cover is kind of cartoonish, but it works. It's pretty. =) (less)
Darkness Becomes Her was very unique. I can't believe I waited so long to read this. I got it a while a...moreAlso reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm
Darkness Becomes Her was very unique. I can't believe I waited so long to read this. I got it a while ago, but never had the chance to read it. The summary has always sounded completely amazing to me, but I've just never picked it up until now. As soon as I open the book and started reading, it sucked me in. I was hooked from the very first page.
Ari is a captivating character, and I'm not just talking about her unique white-blond hair and teal eyes, I mean her personality. She was a great character and she really kicks butt! I mean, she kicked a Goddess' butt! C'mon, how more kick-butt can you get? I will definitely add her towards the top of my list of strong, kick butt female characters.
Not only was Ari an awesome character, but this novel had other intriguing characters as well. I really loved her new friends in New 2. Especially Sebastian and Violet. I really look forward to learning more about them in the next book. Sebastians awesome powers and I really want to know what happens to Violet! I literally screamed when she disappeared.
One thing I really didn't like about this book--though it was addicting to read it...guilty.--was how fast Ari and Sebastian's relationship came upon. It was sweet and I was happy for them, but it happened WAY too fast. They meet one morning, they are annoying each other, and then bam later they have chemistry, and sparks and they are freaking making out! I mean, sure, I'd probably make out with Sebastian too if I met him, but c'mon!
Other than that, though, I didn't really have any complaints. I love the mythology added into this book along with the other creatures that go bump in the night! There were SO many different types of beings in this book; vampires, witches, harpys, Goddesses (Freaking Athena. THE Athena!), shapeshifters! That's just to name a few!
Overall, this was a great book. I recommend it! I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. I was so tempted to go ahead and buy it before even finishing Darkness Becomes Her, but I have so many new books as it is right now from my birthday, so I'm going to wait. Boo! (less)
FINALLY! I finally read this. I've been meaning to since before it came out. I've been wanting to read this amazing book for so, so long and I have finally done it. This was one of those books that I knew from the very beginning--since reading the summary for the first time--that I was going to love it. I wasn't wrong. I was definitely not wrong.
You are captured from the very beginning. You are sucked into Meghan's world as a normal teenage girl, who has normal teenage problems. She's not popular, she's not rich, and she has family problems. She's not handed anything she wants.
Meghan started out as a timid character. She didn't know who she truly was, I mean yeah, she catches a glimpse of shadows here and there and she sees some things one minute and then blinks and their gone, but she was just "Whatever" about it. But then as it gets closer to her sixteenth birthday it keeps getting stranger and stranger until her sixteenth birthday and then she's sucked into this world she didn't know existed. And she starts learning more about herself, and she starts blossoming and growing into this new, stronger, fierce person. But it didn't happen overnight or in the blink of an eye, it gradually happened and the pacing was great!
There were so many times in this book that I was just like, "No! That can't happen!" and yes, it was something the reader would be pissed that would happen, but it had to happen. Sometimes authors don't show that enough. Sometimes it seems like the readers are just handed what they wanted, and that isn't always right.
Everything was so realistic. Yes, it's fantasy, and there are fantastical creatures in it, but it was real to me. And dark! It was a lot darker and twisted than I thought. I never expected it at all! Never! And I absolutely adored it! There were a few things in here that I recognize from other fae books I've read and it really has me curious! I know that it has some references to A Midsummer's Night Dream, but I'm really curious if there is more of a legend going. So I'm going to research that soon.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. I loved it and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of The Iron Daughter. I will be putting that on hold from my library as soon as possible. It has a very high standard to live up to. Just sayin'! I know I'll love it.(less)