First off: This wasn't what I was expecting when I first learned about the novel. At all. I mean, it sounded really, really good. But I thought it would be a little like all the other vampire books I'd read. I hate getting into a novel like that, because I love vampires and I love reading about them. So I was a bit worried when I first got this book.
But I was wrong! Oh, so wrong!
I never expected to love it as much as I did. This quickly made it to my number one favorite book before I was even done with it. (Sharing spots with other books, of course!)
Fantaskey recreated the genre and made it her own. Which is extremely hard to do nowadays with the amount of Young Adult novels that are out in the book world. Plus the percentage of them that include vampires in them.
I can't remember how many times I cried while reading Jessica's Guide. And how many times I got completely ticked off with Lucius. At first I thought I was going to hate him throughout the book, but a little ways in I started to fall in love with him just as Jess was.
At first while I was reading, I thought things were moving a bit too fast. Too many things were happening and it was just the first chapter. But now that I'm done with it, I feel that if those things didn't happen as fast as they did, all the other events wouldn't have played out as great as they did.
I also loved how Fantaskey threw in some things from Lucius' perspective. It added to the story and really let you get to know him more, and how his mind worked.
I really liked Jess, too. She was an amazing protagonist. All her feelings were geniune and real and I felt I really got to know her throughout the novel. I feel as though she's one of my best friends. Which I love those feelings when reading a book.
I felt all the minor characters really added to the story too. They were all really interesting and I loved Jess' best friend, Mindy.
Fantaskey's style of writing was really great, as well. It all really flowed well and drew you in. I always felt as though I were right there, experiencing all the events that were happening throughout the novel.
Overall, it was a GREAT read. I will definitely be reading this again in the future. It's one of those novels where you have to reread them at least once or twice every year.
I hadn't read anything by Sara Shepard yet, but I'd become obsessed with watching the Pretty Little LiAlso reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm.
I hadn't read anything by Sara Shepard yet, but I'd become obsessed with watching the Pretty Little Liars tv show every Monday, which for those of you who don't know are based of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars book series. I haven't read those yet, but I plan to very soon. I'm even more excited to read the Pretty Little Liars series now that I've read this book, a great start to her new series.
I happened to sign up for Netgalley a little while ago and I wanted to try it out, even though I hate reading books on the computer. I'd much rather have the actual book in my hands, curled up in a blanket reading it and being able to smell the awesome smell fresh new book pages give off. I know it may sound weird, but I love it. But either way, I decided to try it. And when I saw The Lying Game on the list, I decided to use it as my guinea pig and read it on my computer.
At first, I couldn't get fully into it, but I think that's mostly because I'm not use to reading books on my computer. But once I got past a couple of chapters I got really drawn into it and couldn't stop reading it. I admit, though, I had to go back and read over a couple of things because they were completely crazy. In a good way.
I can't count how many times I went, "Are you freaking kidding me?" while reading it. Sara really knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat and wonder what is going to happen next. The things that happened in this book was beyond insane.
Sometimes it confused me when it switched between Emma and Sutton, so I had to go back and read it. But other than that I didn't have much problems with it.
It was a great read and I am looking forward to reading the second installment in the series, Never Have I Ever.
Sara's writing is fast-paced, straight to the point, with just the right amount of details and suspense to keep you reading. I really liked Emma, though I'm not entirely sure why. She bugged me at times, but not as bad as some characters in books do. I really liked Ethan, too. I liked it straight from the beginning and nothing disappointed me. :) He seemed like someone I wouldn't mind having as a friend to hang out with.
Throughout the whole book Emma and Sutton both mention who they think killed Sutton, but there are so many suspects that it keeps you tied up and in questioning.
Overall, this was a great read and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good teen-angst/drama mixed in with suspense and mystery....more
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....more
After hearing such great things about this book, I bought it last Christmas with a gift card my husband got me, and I finally got to read it. I've been dying to read it for a long time, but there just isn't enough time in the day to get through my tbr list!
I know a lot of books don't live up to their hype, but boy this one was one. It lived up to the hype and went way over it. I know some people may be getting tired of werewolves (I love werewolves!), but this is a unique take on it. Werewolves and witches. It's amazing!
What makes a great book a lot of time when I'm reading, is the characters. But this one was definitely the plot. I mean, the characters were AWESOME! But the plot? The plot was unique and intriguing and just kept throwing new and exciting things at you.
Sometimes I would think, "Oh, this is going to happen next.", but it didn't! I was left with my mouth hanging open and my eyes on overdrive trying to take in everything on the page so I could flip to the next one.
I've been looking for another book that has a strong female character. A kick-ass, strong female character. (i.e. Rose from Vampire Academy.) And I haven't really found many lately, but Calla? Calla is DEFINITELY kick ass. She cared about her pack, she put her pack in front of her own happiness. I'm not going to get into that because it would giveaway some of the story, but you'll understand once you pick this book up.
Yes, there is a love triangle in this book. But I really can't figure out which guy I want Calla to be with. They both have their qualities and both sound smokin' hot. Sometimes I like Shay more, and sometimes it's Ren.
Hopefully the next book (Which I'm currently reading! Yay! That's how great Nightshade is, I read ONE book after this book before I took on Wolfsbane.) will help me figure out which side I'm on.
Overall, pick it up. Do it. If you haven't read it already, please get a move on it. It's not your typical werewolf book. And the writing is amazing. It keeps you reading and keeps you interested and wanting more. Andrea Cremer is definitely on my author watch list now.
The cover is gorgeous. I can't figure out if I like this versions cover, or the new paperback cover better. I'm really mad, though, because once I buy Wolfsbane for my shelf, my covers aren't going to match. Anyone know where I can get a new book cover to put on my hardback? I've seen them around the blog-o-sphere....more