The Infernal Devices prequel series is in its own way such a reminder of The Mortal Instruments and its characters. Even so, the world of The Infernal Devices is much more emotional. More in-depth in detail which could be because you actually have read already The Mortal Instruments (if you have then) then you get to see how the past would affect and later connect to the future present world of The Mortal Instruments. From where we left off in Clockwork Angel, The Infernal Devices Book 1, Will Herondale has willingly pushed Tessa Gray away by saying hurtful words to her. His heart could be seen to not be in it but Will feels he had to it so Tessa wouldn't fall in love with him. Tessa can't believe that he would be so cruel to tell her she and him could never be because there is no future for a Shadowhunter that dallies with a warlock. The reason being Tessa can supposedly never have children if she's a warlock. Will is later mentioned to studiously avoid Tessa altogether.
He turned to look at her, but before he could reply, a sepulchral voice spoke out of the shadows, “‘Mortality, behold and fear! What a change of flesh is here Think how many royal bones Sleep within these heaps of stones.’” A dark shape stepped out from between two monuments. As Tessa blinked in surprise, Jem said, in a tone of resigned amusement, “Wil . Decided to grace us with your presence after all?” “I never said I wasn’t coming.” Wil moved forward, and the light from the rose windows fel on him, illuminating his face. Even now, Tessa never could look at him without a tightening in her chest, a painful stutter of her heart. Black hair, blue eyes, graceful cheekbones, thick dark lashes, full mouth—he would have been pretty if he had not been so tall and so muscular.
Yet, Jem seems to be happy to spend time with her. Tessa Gray and Jem Carstairs end up spending more and more time together. At first friends they start to grow closer and closer. Just as everything is growing to be steady for Tessa. Everyone involved with the plot of the Magister (everyone who had to stop and intervene against Mortmain at The London Institute) is questioned by the Shadowhunters of the Clave. Charlotte is found responsible in finding Mortmain or suffer the consequences of losing the London Institute if she doesn't find him. She's given time to find him, so he'll be captured. It will spell disaster for Tessa if she's to stay at The London Institute without Charlotte wielding the authority. To which Benedict Lightwood wants to acquire. Will is distracted too. The lies created to distance himself from everyone one including Tessa have started to become hard for him to keep up. He desperately wants to be free to be with Tessa. Magnus Bane, a warlock (present in the majority of The Mortal Instruments series), has agrred to help Will with his problems, so he can be free to do whatever he wishes. Although, Tessa and Jem meanwhile have been growing closer for a long time now and it seems Tessa has started to fall in love with Jem. They definitely start to grow closer together. Almost since Clockwork Angel you could tell in small traces the relationship of Jem and Tessa.
“Tessa,” he said. She looked up at him. There was nothing steady or reliable about his expression. His eyes were dark, his cheeks flushed. As she raised her face, he brought his down, his mouth slanting across hers, and even as she froze in surprise, they were kissing. Jem. She was kissing Jem. Where Will’s kisses were al fire, Jem’s were like pure air after a long time of being closed up in the airless dark. His mouth was soft and firm; one of his hands circled the back of her neck gently, guiding her mouth to his. With his other hand he cupped her face, running his thumb gently across her cheekbone. His lips tasted of burned sugar; the sweetness of the drug, she guessed. His touch, his lips, were tentative, and she knew why. Unlike Will, he would mind that this was the height of impropriety, that he should not be touching her, kissing her, that she should be pul ing away. But she did not want to pul away. Even as she wondered at the fact that it was Jem she was kissing, Jem making her head swim and her ears ring, she felt her arms rise as if of their own accord, curving around his neck, drawing him closer.
Though Tessa will always love Will she realizes that Jem to her has started to make her feel fluttery with love. When she doesn't have Jem around her she can now feel she is missing something. Clockwork Prince shows us readers how while Tessa very much may always have a thing to that of attraction --naturally-- to Will, she has now started to develop feelings for Jem which really is much stronger than she'd ever believe possible. While before loved Jem for being beautiful and sensitive with Clockwork Prince you get to see why Will is the way he is. Though found his arrogant attitude infuriating there's now an open channel to understanding him better. So when Tessa and Jem comes along to be more obvious then you do feel terrible for him.
“Will,” she said in surprise, but he was pinning her to the wal with his body, his hands sliding up her shoulders, into her damp hair, his mouth sudden and hot on hers. She fel and spun and drowned in the kiss; his lips were soft and his body was hard against her, and he tasted like rain. Heat spread through the pit of her stomach as his mouth moved urgently on hers, wiling her response. Jem’s face flashed against the back of her closed eyelids. She put her hands flat against Wil ’s chest and shoved him away from her, as hard as she could. Her breath came out on a violent exhalation: “No.”
Towards the end of Clockwork Prince we see that Jem felt that way toward her too for a while now that he announced in the final pages. Everyone in the London Institute finds very surprising including Will. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Demology/Demons(less)
Jana Webster and Michael Haynes (Webster and Haynes) were always inseperable. They had a love anyone will be jealous of. Jenna has an unfortunate accident one day and with her accident dies that love. Jenna believes to be the epitome of what perfect love should be. She ends up at Dead school where people dress the way they died. The mission of Dead school is to hope that you cna make it to a better place but Jenna can't let go of the past or Michael. She'll do anything to have Michael back with her even kill him. If that means teaming up with the local Dead school off-limit's bad boy so be it. Who she really finds charming and realizes is interested in her.
"Jana was old enough to be honest with herself . She was attracted to Mars. And he was attracted to her. She wasn't pretty enough to attract every boy she met. And she rarely sought to sparkle in person. She'd just come out short. Jana kept her hair in a simple cut so she could hide, when she needed to, by ducking her head. She almost never wore earrings or a necklace. She never tied her hair back to show off her long clean line of her arching neck. When she was acting, it was different. Jana held her face upright, her shoulders back, her entire self on display until what beauty she possessed sparkled like a star. She didn't mind being plain. Or ugly. That's why she liked acting. She didn't have to be beautiful as her mother. Mars wasn't attracted to Jana the way men were attracted to her mother. Yet something drew him to her. Jana could feel it, but she couldn't put her finger on it. It was deeper than some boy thinking she was cute. It was more like she was food and he needed her to survive. This was why she needed to see Jana with Michael. With Michael she was more than Jana Webster. She was bigger. Bigger than life. Bigger than death. Jana and Michael were forever. Mars needed to know, to see it for himself."
Dead Rules charm lies in how the writing style is very languid. You are lured into the story in small portions with a pleasant, fine voice. Very poetic.
" She loved him that much, Mars thought. Mars knew that love wasn't all red-paper valentines and candy-hearts. Love wasn't always joy. Love could be hot-blooded pain down to the bone. Sometimes love was despair. And sometimes love was wrong. Jana loved Michael enough to kill him for it. Jana loved Michael to death."
As for the story, it goes in an intriguing way since it contains suspenseful twists which makes for a novel with andrenaline coursing. The characters are not bad either. Although wouldn't say completely special in any real way but still just enjoyable to read about. Dead Rules is more of a hilly in plot rather than overtly complex characters that besides this is filling to a reader. Dead Rules isn't a novel with pure romance but what is there is a confusing romance. The romance can be complicated for many reasons and throughout the novel we can see why given Jenna's way of thinking and her boyfriend's Michael. The novel can be labeled mystery in the midst of a blinded love. Randy Russell finishes his book Dead Rules with an enjoyable and if ironic finish. Still look forward to future sequels or just books by Randy Rusell. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Young Adult, Ghosts, Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Into reading ,The Demon Lover, we are introduced to Cailleach McFay who has always been fascinated with mythology especially on the myth of demon lovers or better-known as incubus. A type of incorporeal stranger for a long time has visited her in her dreams giving her lately some of the most pleasureful, exciting sex ever. Having recently moved into a new home in Fairwick, New York and sees it is the best place to uncover the myth of The Demon Lover. Dahlia La-Motte a deceased novelist was in the past the occupanct, who had written pieces of writing suggesting a demon lover much like her own. While there she also notices something bewitching about the populace of her new home. They are most definitely not entirely human if at all. Picking up pace, Callie comes face to face with her Demon Lover realizing he has known her not in recent times but centuries. Known her when faeries existed and were very prevalent. Leaving her to come to terms with a deep betrayal from so very long ago.
The characters are very motive-driven which keeps things interesting throughout the novel. While there are those favorite characters there is also characters that just keep you guessing on what they really are bringing to the story keeping you right in suspense. The Demon Lover also has a delicious sensual tone to it that keeps you glued to your reading. The paranormal is given immense life that is perfect.
The Demon Lover is happily enough the first in a series. So expect more intrigue with mystery thrown in. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Supernatural, Reincarnation, Faeries, Demons, Witches (less)
In Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars, we learned that Jesse and Cassius both are Drifters or simply put aliens from out of Earth. Jesse and Cassiu's parents had lived on until their planet became unstable so they had to send their people off their planet , although The Authority who is composed of people who are coming from Haven (Jesse Fisher and Cassius Stevenson's home planet) who happen to be Shifters and are capable of manipulating a rare element called Ridium are trying to bring down the opposition of Green Pearl Drifters who are really part of the Rebellion of Haven. Ridium is a special pure black substance that has . The Authority are Haven's royalty including the branch of all Shifters but are now enemies to Jesse and Cassius as well as all Drifters since Jesses and Cassiu's parents are members of the rebellion against the monarchy full of Shifters. You see part of the reason, Haven had become unstable was because of the shifters manipulating Ridium in the first place which made Haven very much unhospitable environmentally-wise. Adaylla and Savon (Founders of Haven's resistance) had rebelled against the wishes of The Authority when they didn't want to cooperate in conquering Earth as their planet collapsed. Finally, we learn that Jesse is the Pearl Breaker while Cassius is the one who harnesses the recess energy from Jesse's pearl breaking into fire power. They are Earth's hope to truly stop The Authority from invading Earth. In Crimson Rising, Jesse searches for a way to build an army of Green Pearl Drifters before The Authority reaches Earth although stopping events from unfolding can go both ways. Jesse encouters a Red Pearl for the first time that seems to be a member of the dangerous Authority. Jesse is distracted though occasionally since Avery the girl he really likes had previously been captured. With Avery's return they meet Theo who quickly becomes one of the most dangerous enemies of the brothers. Theo really shows us the dangerous but amazing powers of a Shifter who can control Ridium. Jesse in the end must suffer losses even as he must remain strong for the war that inevitably looms between the Green Pearls Breakers Drifters and Red Pearl Drifters.
Nick Jame's Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising was very entertaining. To be honest here and now while did get immersed in Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars was much slower reading in pace or ocassionally loss any alarming quality that would keep you at the edge of your seat while you took it in. Now with Crimson Rising the potential that actually knew existed from The Pearl Wars exceeded in expectations in Crimson Rising. Got umbelievably far better. The action, a huge wow, increased to a kick-start by several degrees. A lot of things are moving into the grandeur scheme of the stale-mate between Green Pearl Drifters and Red Pearl Drifters which is rather good. The action and adventure also increased to any readers who had previously enjoyed Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars (which did, by the way). Given to you the reader as short and sweet: Awesome Science Fiction reading! Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Steampunk, Young Adult (less)
While Crave is most assuredly another vampire novel it has an interesting start and all-around premise. Shay is a teen girl who has been sickly all he...moreWhile Crave is most assuredly another vampire novel it has an interesting start and all-around premise. Shay is a teen girl who has been sickly all her life. From her perspective we see how much she despises being thought as the Sick Girl. Her stepfather soon finds a new solution to inject for Shay's sickness. While she gets better though she receives flashback visions of a guy named Gabriel who isn't at all sickly but strong and powerful like no other person. Shay notices too that he's not human but a vampire! Being extremely bored with her life she opts out to search him out at Martin's lab only to find Gabriel chained down to his office. Shay can't possibly allow Martin to keep doing this especially since Gabriel has given her the strength to fully experience life. Yet being involved with vampires is very dangerous considering they are wary of almost all humans. What has to be an endearing quality of Crave is that the story starts out slowly but not in a tedious way so as to let readers see into Shay's mind and then switches to Gabriel the vampire's perspective which had a pull you in effect. Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz did a great job in building the character development since they worked together on Crave. While the story isn't full of action throughout it does have its good moments of suspense. It's a very original new idea in vampire consideration for how vampires really are. Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz take a different spin on vampire conversions, their dietary requirements, view of humans, and more that's plain unique. Also underlying the vampire dynamic was familial bonds that was truly touching. Worth a read if your one for never tiring of reading novels with vampires. Look forward to Crave's sequel Sacrifice.
Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Vampires, Young Adult (less)
Might be the best of all the comic issues in the Pariah world. Why you ask? Quite simply it brings together all the characters seen from the previous comic issues. Pariah Issue #1: Brent, Pariah Issue #2: Lila , and Pariah Issue #3 Maudsley. In this issue we see that the reason the Vitros were all gathered and captured in the previous issues had a purpose. The mastermind behind this whole plan is Franklin Hyde. While you may be tempted to believe the reason for his trying to get all the Vitros in one place is surely is nefarious it isn't really as it seems. tries to explain himself and with that readers should get to see deeper into 's past. Just as everyone is acquaintanced something shockingly surprising happens to the gathered Vitros. This issue was hands down the most action-packed which was really likeable for more things are going on. What stood out was that again all the characters before encountered were present , so there was some conflict between them and even compromise. It becomes increasingly obvious some don't trust the intentions of Franklin Hyde. The particularly neat thing about Pariah Issue #4 is that we are presented to the history of Hyde which brings a lot of sympathy for the guy. The artwork in this issue continues to be even more satisfying. It has a bright watercolor appearance. Overall: Amazing read! Comic/ Graphic Novel(less)
I had seen Slayers on many blogs and what grabbed my interest was the astounding book cover. Soon, after some thought decided I had to get my hands on it. I mean the sypnosis was really exciting sounding. Reminding me of the beauty of The Mortal Instruments! What great aesthetic book cover beauty even in person.
Reading, Slayers, was good from the start. We're first launched into a woman that at first has no meaning to us but later is obvious that she carries through her pregnancy a son that will be a dragon knight who will be able to slay some yet to be unidentified dragons. Taking place in the modern age. While the mom is completely ignorant of her baby's power a doctor that spies these tell-tell signs knows what they really mean. The doctor rushes to get to the family of this newly identified couple with a dragon knight heir but the family can't believe him. It all seems out there. So, they runs and are never seen again. The doctor who by the way, is married as well also has a baby daughter who possess the inheritance of a dragon slayer-Dragon knight. The Doctor who likes to go by Dr. B, promises to help locate the runaway family so he can train their son, Ryker, so he's prepared and therefore has more chances to live against a dragon attack. Dr. B relates he has to for his brother who wasn't as lucky!
Years later, Tori, a senator's daughter, is drawn into a camp aimed at teaching about dragons. A dragon camp. Though, Tori hasn't never attended a place like this she finds she has always has had a huge obsession over dragons. Arriving there she meets Jesse and Dirk two teen boys much her same age. At first, they don't get along on the right foot at all. Tori makes a insensitive comment which makes her come off as snobby and it also doesn't help she's sort of always dressed extremely nice as in an expensive category of dress wear. Tori also meets other campers there that act totally weir to her. Almost everyone seems to feel put off by Tori's senator's daughter position but Tori assures everyone she's not what they assume. It doesn't help her cause much. Tori catches a break anyway because the other campers reveal there's a reason for their behaviors since they happen to be dragon slayers. Now, Jesse is acting much more gentler toward her and though Tori isn't buy`it she has a crush on him. She may not want to be a Slayer but she can't bring herself to abandon Jesse to what he sees as their duty to fight dragons. If she leaves surely the Slayers will be overpowered without more people against humongous dragons.
She decides to stay. The camp director is none other than, Dr.B. , who is training the young Slayers including his daughter who becomes friends with Tori. For Tori, it isn't easy relating to the other Slayers when she feels they have had years to be with each other. Just as she thought she was alone her powers emerge stronge revealing her counterpart Slayer partner, Dirk. Dirk still believes she's a spoiled little senator's daughter but as they inexplicably become close, he starts to see her differently. Tori is by now confused she doesn't get how she knew she wanted Jesse but now she might have something for Dirk. The Slayers must try to still remain focused even as they fall in love.
On the characters of Slayers, Tori was the main character point of view but had others too. Such as Ryker's mom at the start, Dirk, Dr. B, Jesse, and ending with Ryker's. It all adds layers to the story. Even though it's definitely a change in perspective it leaves off in the next sequence of events of the book keeping us from becoming lost. Tori, even if she believes she isn't spoiled she is but she grows into a newer person because of the danger of her dragon slayer role. Even, as it's obvious she struggles with it. Jesse even while we got a feel for his character's personality he's to me a good guy but isn't so much the love interest I'd favor for our main protagonist Tori. Dirk to me was more of an interesting pairing for me. His point of view showed he was not exactly inherently good but managed to overcome his flaws with a push because of Tori. His thoughts actually reveal what he really thinks about Tori too. In the character department it's easy to get attached since, yes, it's done so very well.
Slayers can easily become a favorite on any fantasy book lover's shelf. It argues with the issue of if you were to find you were a dragon Slayer would you give yourself over to protecting others who don't even appreciate your efforts or would you pull a Rieker and run. All while knowing that in the process of it all you could fall in love. If you do then, you have a deep need to protect the boy or girl you love. Which might not end to well when you don't even know if anyone will survive against fierce dragons. This is a nice addition for anyone who enjoys this type of high action and also emotional book which has a huge centerpiece of suspense, magic-powered teens, and somewhat complex romance given the circumstances.
The Sleepwalkers was some horror novel! When Caleb returns to his hometown of let's say country people or southern folk this novel gets way stranger. This is a story with lots of mystery that has to do with a small town involved in some disturbing behavior. A while back in Caleb's hometown children began disappearing and everyone just turned their back on it all. A mistake really since now there are white cloaked, freaky, creatures hunting the town's inhabitants. Behind these figures exists a darker design at work. Caleb ,our main male lead, finds on his return to said town his childhood friend, Christine, and his own father is missing pushing Caleb to uncover the madness surrounding these "Sleepwalkers". By then the story gets actually terrifying with the inclusion of these twisted and vicious Sleepwalkers. The flow of the story is a smooth force that has this heady, desperate sense that is likable since it comes off to scare you. For though this is a horror/mystery novel it definitely has its own romance moments which are obvious from how devoted Caleb is to save Christine, the girl he finds himself increasingly thinking about.
The characters in The Sleepwalkers are really interesting characters. Told from a male point of view which has an intriguing storytelling to it. With Caleb being such a strait-laced guy which is refreshing. Christine, Caleb’s love interest, is a pretty determined, opinionated, and all-around charismatic character as well. Then there is Caleb’s best friend Bean, he brings in lots of comedic relief in how he is very frank and just plain goofy. All the chracters are good in their own way. The book sets a lilting tone of obscurity that is complementing on the whole.
This is one novel to be on the lookout for, if your a horror/mystery fan with its surreal tone of voice that is worthy of uncovering by any reader. Overall: Amazon read! Genre: Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult, Occult, Psychological(less)
In a town named Rock Harbor, Oregon a harbored secret comes to haunt Heath Ingram a newcomer to town who's father , Phillip Ingram , along with his fr...moreIn a town named Rock Harbor, Oregon a harbored secret comes to haunt Heath Ingram a newcomer to town who's father , Phillip Ingram , along with his friends Melanie Plummer, Jason Fenley, and Noah Hull were responsible for the wrongdoing towards Catherine Whitley. Catherine was always a troubled girl and completely in love with Heath's father , Phillip, yet Phillip wasn't as devoted to her as she was. As high school ends, he breaks things off and one of his own friends , Noah, rapes her. Saddened by further awful events in life Catherine starts to become emotionally unstable. A time later later after she starts to believe that Phillip may want her back a fire at a theatre she along with Melanie , Jason Fenley, and Noah Hull are starting goes up in flames from a fire. Catherine tragically dies but not before suffering and giving in the weeping of despair at feeling being betrayed by all the friends she thought she knew. Heath being Phillip's son is now a young adult himself who happens to look so much in apperance to his father. Having just gained a job as his Uncle Vic's theatre while is the newly revived , Rock Harbor Opera House , makes him discover that maybe just maybe having a resemblance to his father is a bad thing. Considering the ghost of Catherine is haunting him believing he's his father. And Catherine's ghost is incredibly creepy and vengeful!
The Weeping was one of type of reads that right off take off makes you want to be into it. Heath has suffered from a recent tragedy and it's really hard for him to get past it. You get a lot of his guilt and frustration that does seem realistic. Especially considering that he has several meetings with a therapist in The Weeping where he's obviously gone through a lot and isn't psycho but he's immensely troubled. Even in times of the serious moments of emotional turbulence O'Dell Hutchinson managed to keep this light tone. For example in one of Heath's first meeting with his therapist in who happens to be his father's friend Melanie , he mentions:
In Seven Point Eight, we are introduced to a unique concept brought up of alternate realities centered on obsessive love.
As humans, we are always questioning our existence. We refuse to believe what can't be backed by evidence, so Seven Point Eight is an intriguing read for the fact that in a fictional way tries to create a way to explain the mystery. Dr. Paul Eldridge a highly-talented scientist is hired by Max Richardson who has all the resources Dr. Eldridge can need to feed his his interest in finding the unknowns of the world. Max introduces Paul to indulgences as well. It is soon that Max’s influence changes Dr. Eldridge in not an entirely good way. Just as Paul, gets used to his position as Max’s personal scientist there is an introduction of a world of psychics that Max personally finds from around the world and collects. Max not only is an entrepreneur but he searches for the mystery of life and existence. His array of psychics he uses to uncover secrets to help out the government of England to avoid dangers and predict world-centered issues. Psychics are well adapted to foretell and abstract all types of information. Max takes in one of the most powerful psychics yet, a girl, by the name of Tahra. She might be the key to unlocking a secret frequency that will allow them to see other worlds in space with very intriguing methods. The problem may not be how hard it is to unlock the key to the world’s mystery but the dangers it brings. Just another problem is that Tahra is a big distraction to not only Paul but very much to Max. She has managed to capture the attention of them both with her charismatic personality and exotic appearance. In the novel we see Tahra, Paul, and Max’s struggle through their complex relationships. The high dangers lie more at times in that Dr. Eldridge, Max, and Tahra want to push the limits of research and discovery which as anyone knows is a dangerous line to walk on.
Seven Point Eight has a very intricate story which has a very pleasant pace to it. The novel is split into various point of views of characters in which some are more dominant than others. Even so, it isn’t disorienting in any way. Seven Point Eight is the first in a series. This being the 'First Chronicle'. It ends with an open ending to be picked up by its next Chronicle. This is a book that has a wide-reaching, intellectual exuding voice. It's a very impressive science fiction novel with romance anyone should pick up. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Human Nature, Young Adult, Alternate Realities/Dimensions, Strong Sexual Scenes, Adult, Fantasy (less)
An engrossing read from the start is in order. For a reader, that on most times have no real contact with Indian tribe values this book is a great start in reading with paranormal touches. This story isn't about Indians particularly the Shawnee's. No, its a fictional story touching up on historical events. As early American colonists head to expanding in the New World of America, they of course, encounter Indians. Of all of them, the Shawnee are the most highly strict practitioners of the old ways. As so, they don't let any outsiders into their society especially white people. Although, they make an exception for the family of Calico Marie Lutree Turner and her family.
The Lutree Turner family has a messy past. Calico's mother,Anna, from a young age was abused sexually by her father a British lord. Her brother, Alexander, being her molester against her will too because of their cruel father. Through time, they find themselves a way to escape. Thanks, to François a French fur trader who she falls in love with a new family emerges. Helping Anna to heal the family wounds of the past are also the Shawnee Indians that have been close to Francois and welcome Anna as well as a daughter. Just as things seem great, her husband catches an illness and infects her with it also. Leaving her daughters, Calico and Rose orphans. The Shawnee take them up out of love for them as a family. Rose and Calico grow up in the midst of the Shawnee but a prophecy threatens Calico's life. A great evil seeks to destroy her. Calico's spirit guide swears to protect her.
As Calico grows up the evil of prophecy emerges but she can't reveal it for the reason that doing so will rip apart her Shawnee way of life. In doing so, she pushes away the warrior mentioned in prophecy that wants to rescue her from the evil that she can't defeat by herself.
What a lovely portrayal is Calico of the Shawnee way of life. From the story narration we see various character's point of views that highlight all that was that type of way of life. It also points out the hatred at times of the white people toward tribal life. There are great moments filled with romance that is both sweet and hot. The romantic scenes also touch along several sexual encounters that are heart-warming but not overtly graphic. All these things are very pleasant to come across but what's the best is the paranormal chips in Calico that stand out, so brightly with the created myth of "Our Grandmother" and other spirit guides of what's surely Shawnee lore.
Highly recommend for quite a few reasons from its historical fiction and its paranormal instances. Tribal language and other characters' language can be heard in the writing itself further supplementing the genius of the whole novel. While the introduction was not all a bad start it's toward the middle portion and until the end that its entirety grapples your attention. The creativity in myth which has hardly been used in recent years is by far a big bonus! For This Review: *Book Copy Provided For Review by Author*
Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Shawnee Indians Way Of Life Recommend Ages: 17 and Up(less)
When read Sulan's overview thought there was a real magnificent story to be found here. And was right. Sulan (Episode One: The League) centers on a girl who's a math prodigy named Sulan. The world that she lives in is that perhaps of our own, maybe possible future. Her world has problems ever since America declared bankruptcy and terrorists who hate American have taken advantage of this. Terrorism led by Imugi have come to televise live executions of important Americans in society. Sulan knows as an intelligent individual she's part of the United State's future and that the terrorist would want to get her. In hopes of never becoming a target Sulan trains with illegal technology to be a non-stop force to be reckoned with. Leading her to meet a charming yet mysterious guy named Gun. Sulan now has the tools to fight back but the secrets her mom hides brings Sulan to meet Taro a young mercenary that reveals a shocking truth about her mom. It's something she could've never guessed.
Something that just makes Sulan (Episode One: The League) such a memorable and fresh read is the use of a science fiction cyber world with coll fighting scenes and moves by some of the characters. Sulan essentially lives in Vex (Virtual Experience). Many people aren't as lucky. The reason she is allowed to and be protected from the growing violent pace of the United States is she's as mentioned before a gifted child. Throughout our lives we know talented children are revered so we see that in Sulan. Very smart use Camille uses to make her book. The notion of gifted children. Camille not only gives readers a fun story but there various characters that are well developed where as readers your quickly drawn in. Its not hard to imagine Sulan's Vex experience in Sulan except it has a mix of creative Cyberpunk our world has not yet caught up to.
Sulan (Episode One: The League) is the first of a series that truly is unlike any book you'll find out there! Overall: Amazing read! Genre: YA Dystopian, Cyberpunk (Dystopunk)(less)
What there is first off that really set a nice tone was Farsighted contains a "Note to Readers". Helps to bring us along the story much more closely and found intimate. A Note To Readers You are about to embark on a journey along with the characters in this novel. At the beginning of each chapter, you'll find a rune and a corresponding prophecy. Put your powers of divination to the test by trying to predict what each chapter holds based on the hints provided. Or you may choose to ignore the runic prophecies altogether and dive right into the story. Either way, happy travels.
Nobody really likes Alex. His own dad doesn't much. Only his mother just because he happens to be blind. Beginning high school this year, he expects it to be another awful year but along comes a new friend. It's Simmi. While quiet and reserved Alex finds her intriguing. Just as Alex is starting to feel a romance blooming as he hoped he starts to develop crazy powers that suggest he can see the future and more. At first he's skeptical what with a new psychic and the psychic's daughter moving into town too. It quickly becomes apparent he just has to believe before Simmi becomes entangled in a danger, Alex can actually prevent. Alex finds all the more frustrating as he realizes it's all connected to his powers that are attracting powerful but obviously dangerous psychic kids.
The thing most impressive is that the story has solid characters. Alex is likable enough but can aggravate you making him somewhat more real. While Ms. Teak, the new psychic who is a sort of guide to Alex and seems very mysterious. Let's hope we see more of Ms. Teak and her background since going that way could be interesting. Shapri, Ms. Teak's daughter, it seems is a psychic as well and it becomes apparent that as Alex and her grow closer there is a sort of potential for romance. She's really more prone to be louder than Alex or Simmi which I like a lot since she's really a more overly lively type of girl. While, Simmi is a contrast to Shapri who's sweet and a calm presence. She's also Alex's main biggest love interest. Even, Alex's dad however small the role plays a pivotal role in the book towards the later events in it.
Farsighted is by far easy to get into. The characters are involved in various situations sometimes immensely important in the dangerous zone or sometimes just friendship problems but all fit together well. The story has some very subtle suspense in both situations and romance. It's unique in many ways from the perspective and how character complexity is developed through the use of plot. Since, this is the first in a series, once read you'll be wanting to reach for the next one soon after. Proving that there is something in ,Farsighted, that makes for a unique story that has big potential in more books to come even.(less)
Lucy has been feeling rather overly regular. Her father has left his mother to start a new life with a new family. Lucy sees a way out of what she sees as complicated life lately. Near her home there are four enchanting girls that have glittery wings. These girls are VampPixies. Half vampire and half pixies. They seem nice and welcoming to Lucy and Lucy being a very intuitive girl soon realizes the VampPixies wouldn't deny her if she became like them. But in this magical world, the VampPixies belong to it can often be dangerous, especially since there is a locked away being only Lucy can stop. Lucy now must realize being VampPixie is no easy task.
Didn't feel like it was the end. There was still an unresolved ending that has to do more with the fact that there is still more to the story. More books to come, maybe.The Perils of Being VampPixie in summary is a fantasy, middle-grade read that is fun, and entertains involving sweet friendships surrounded by magical forces.(less)
This is one novel that sure knows how to grab your attention in terms of suspense. In Fracture, Delaney Maxwell an average teen girl along with her best friend Decker are braving to cross a frozen lake while on a daily walk out during winter. Everything is going well when the ice cracks and Delaney shockingly spills through the fractures of this ripple in the lake. Delaney accounts to us in deep moments of deep desperation the thoughts of fearing death.
Faint crackles turned to snaps and crunches, and then silence. I didn't move. Maybe it would hold if I stayed still. I saw Decker's legs sprinting back toward me. And then the ice gave away. "Decker!"I screamed. I felt the water, thick and heavy, right before I went under ---and then I panicked and panicked and panicked. I didn't have the presence of mind to think, Please God, don't let me die. I wasn't brave enough to think, I hope Decker stayed back.My only thought, playing on a repetitive loop, was No, no,no,no,no.
She wants to live for something! In these dark moments a voice calls to her in a whisper to "Rage against the dying of the light". Here's where Fracture may very well capture anyone's attention. Delaney seizes to be a regular girl but a girl who has escaped death. Her new life begins again when Decker resucitates her with CPR. Everyone soon in her town from hearing on her miracle is now awed or cautious around her. Her own family proves to slowly break at the seams when Delaney's mother seems to think her dear baby Delaney isn't right. Delaney sadly has to face problems from everywhere herself. Also occupying her mind is her best friend of many years, Decker who has been completely loyal and a rock to stand by. Even so, she can't understand his episodes of occasional jealousy towards her relationships with other guys. Leading to tough disputes between themselves. So when Troy a man who is like how Delaney is now, she can't help but believe she finally doesn't have to be alone anymore.
Fracture has a very mellow writing style to follow that is entertaining to just take in. In terms of characters Delaney will sure turn out to be a likeable character. She's not a your regular convention of a character. She projects everything through her thoughts and actions that play well. Decker while not the main character can be felt at times through scattered mentions in the novel. Such as when Delaney wants him to read to her in the hospital after her accident.
"Actually, I already did," I picked up Catch-22 and clutched it to my chest." "I need to read this. But can't. Headaches." I held it out to him and smiled. Decker shook his head and leaned backward. " I don't read assigned books. Goes against everything I believe in." I smiled wider. " I'll be your best friend."I can't believe I begged my parents to let me come here for this." he said. But he took the book all the same. He sat facing my bed, feet propped upon the edge, knees bent. And he began to read. " It was love at first sight...." He looked at me over the pages, " I feel ridiculous." "Shhh, Shhh, Shhh, you're perfect."
It's not just Delaney and Decker though, other characters are all very three-dimensional. It's obvious Fracture aims at having a story of life vs. death and love vs. friendship punctured with the paranormal. For the most part it succeeds quite nicely with its use of pleasant if not complex relationships and mystery of the elusive paranormal. Overall: Touching read Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Let's start off first with the cover artwork for Pariah. Its amazing! Into the reading, readers are introduced to the 'thick of things'. Brent is giving a highly intelligent speech to his fellow classmatess in school for them to be completely bored. Safe to say unimpressed. Asthe isssue moves into a more ominous tone there is the added information that in the world of Pariah there are certain people designated as Vitros. Vitros from what is gathered are highlt detested. Making things hugely interesting because our main character is a Vitro.
In terms of characters , Brent, was very relateable. He's a smart individual in a world that doesn't reallly understanfd him. During, the issue he's approached by Anna, a girl,. that seems to want to try to connect with him but can't because of their differing viewpoints of the world. It seems being Vitro makes for a personality difference with regular people. Found this concept very creative. For this reason Vitros are frowned upon when there is an attack against regular non-Vitro humans in some labs. Everyone swears its connected to Vitros for sure. Meaning serious danger to Brent now that he's labeled a threat to regular peple.
Pariah has a very good rhythm in this first comic issue concerning the pace of the story. The characters are most present in their speaking dialogue and actions. Brent as a main character is for all good intentions a sort of sarcastic even at times cynical character. Found it vastly endearing and relateable. There is this type of mind dialogue from Brent that he keeps to himself whenever he’s acting on actions or interacting with others that’s overall fascinating. Further cements the idea of Vitros as a whole new type of human being and how they are as people.
From the start, Pariah Issue #1 by Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt was one of the issues released by Sea Lion Books was most interesting by which wasn’t bad at all despite being honestly short. While simple in its concept in many ways it’s original. Haven’t seen so far before. The artwork is something very attractive. All the facial expressions are uniquely rendered on page movement. Conception of characters all made nicely with gray, watery almost block-style that is easy on the eyes. While the story was somewhat almost amazing. Almost. It was hard to tell yet where the series is going. Everything is still pretty vague. On another note, the artwork was lovely. If you are to get Pariah, your decision may well be led by at least the amazingly attractive artwork. For This Review: *Book Copy Provided by Publisher*
Overall: Touching read Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Young Adult Recommend Ages: 15 and Up(less)
In Pariah Issue #3 we are again introduced to a new character, Robert Maudsley with a different perspective of the world. He's no regular person. He's...moreIn Pariah Issue #3 we are again introduced to a new character, Robert Maudsley with a different perspective of the world. He's no regular person. He's a self-proclaimed psychopath. We see him victimize several people in this issue. That's not all he's also a Vitro. Not a good combination to have. Just as he's planning to leave his family he encounters someone very important yet stilk a big mystery for us readers who just so happens to have appeared in Pariah Issue #2 (See: Review of Pariah Issue #2). This is an entirely new perspective in the Pariah comics which is pretty good because the characte gives you something else from characters encountered in the other issues. Gives you a sense of dismay. The guy is obviously a villain but also our main character. So, its very interesting to go in for the ride.
Also when a certain character seen before --won't say more--is re-introduced the mood changes since he might be a catalyst to either better or destroy all the Vitros. There is a lot of mystery surrounding him. Which might appear in later future comics. Pariah Issue #3 keeps on continuing the mystery/suspense of Pariah. If your thinking about the artwork then it has some combinations of cooler/watery tones and earthy tones from previous Pariah issues. So far, might be one of the more intriguing issues so far. Overall: Good read