Much better than the first two! While it was still somewhat predictable, had the whole weird relationship thing, and crappy writing style the story wasMuch better than the first two! While it was still somewhat predictable, had the whole weird relationship thing, and crappy writing style the story was much better. Lots more toss and turn, characters had more depth than the first two books, and action was better. ...more
I put "I liked it" but I'm a bit hung up on the short stories. They didn't fit into any correct timeline. For instance (and I'm drawing from memory siI put "I liked it" but I'm a bit hung up on the short stories. They didn't fit into any correct timeline. For instance (and I'm drawing from memory since I didn't actually JUST read this, I just noticed that I didn't have it marked as read) when Sookie meets Claudine and Claude, their sister has been dead for a while, yet she's brought to their house bc she just recently died. I did however like the Dracula story....more
I was really really really hoping that this one wouldn't be as predictable as the first book of the series, but it was, almost from the very beginningI was really really really hoping that this one wouldn't be as predictable as the first book of the series, but it was, almost from the very beginning. There were a couple of twists, but it always came back to the glaringly obvious. For that I'm dissappointed. I don't really know what else to say besides the story was predictable, the writing was just par, and there were a few characters that were quite too far out there. Also worth noting that the relationship between Harper and Tolliver continued to be weird. I was hoping to get that cleared up, but I do believe it just got weirder. I already own An Ice Cold Grave, so I'll read it, but it's not looking like I'll buy Grave Secret. I had hoped to read the Aurora Teagarden series but I'm not sure that I want to now. I was not overly fond of the writing of the Sookie series, but I got used to it and figured it was just how Harris wrote Sookie, but then I read this series and saw that no, that's just how she writes and it bugs me. I'm not sure exactly why, but it does. If the Teagarden series is written in the same manner then I'm not going to even bother trying it....more
The story was good, very very very predictable. I knew the ending about 5 chapters before the main character got to it, so that was irritating. It wasThe story was good, very very very predictable. I knew the ending about 5 chapters before the main character got to it, so that was irritating. It was written EXACTLY like the Sookie books. Which I don't love. I was always just under the assumption that that was how she wrote Sookie, but I'm coming to see that that's her writing style and it's not exactly how I like to read books. She mentions every.single.stupid detail. Like do I really need to know how the main character feels about the color of nail polish she picks? Not really. Typically I'm able to disconnect from that and just enjoy the story, but I've really been bothered by it in the last couple Sookie books and now that I just picked up this series I noticed it more and it bugs me. But, like I said, it's a personal thing. The book was a quick read, took me just a few hours to read. Like I said, I was annoyed with just how obvious the plot was and how long it took the characters to get to the realization point. It also bugs me how stupid she makes her character be. To do everything that she supposedly does she needs to be relatively smart, but Harris makes her appear very dim and VERY very needy. Almost to the point that it feels weird how dependant she is on her brother. This may change in later books, and i currently have Grave Surprise in my hand to start reading, so we shall see, but until then I'm sticking with my conjecture....more
Well, I feel like this story could have been really good. As it was though it was stuffed full of ridiculous fake words, had a story that just was droWell, I feel like this story could have been really good. As it was though it was stuffed full of ridiculous fake words, had a story that just was dropped on us, we're never really given much information about anything, and the story is very disjointed, jumping from person to person but never staying long enough to give us any insight.
I got through it given that it's short and the language is very much geared toward the younger range of YA books but I found that the ending (don't worry, no spoilers) was very much the opposite of the entire rest of the story. I mean, every.single.word that is remotely considered a cuss word is substituted with the word shuck or shank or whatever stupid variation the write could come up with, but yet there's violence and blood drenching the ending. That doesn't mesh.
The end of the ending was very predictable and while I understand that it had to be there for the sequel, I feel like it could have been done in much more creative way....more
I am absolutely horribly disappointed in LJ Smith and this book. Horribly!!
Ok, so if you're reading this book, you've read every other book in the VDI am absolutely horribly disappointed in LJ Smith and this book. Horribly!!
Ok, so if you're reading this book, you've read every other book in the VD series. I mean, I have no clue why someone would pick up a series halfway in, so I'll talk like you've read them all.
In the BOOK VD series we've already been given a description of the turning of Stefan and Damon. We know what happened because Stefan himself tells Elena. Both boys fall in love with Katherine, she fakes her death, they kill each other, and because they have her blood they are turned.
This book however gives a COMPLETELY different story. If you've watched the SHOW VD it tells that story.
I'm not sure why in the world LJ decided to change a story that she's already told. It completely ruins me from ever reading one of her books ever again. How can I know what story she'll be telling? I was very much looking forward to the last of the VD: The Return series to come out, but how will I know if it follows the old storyline or the new one?
I would also like to point out that it felt VERY forced the way LJ added in characters from the show: Pearl, Anna, Jonathon, etc. The old VD books made you connect with every character so you knew their importance to the storyline, but this book did not do that in the least. I felt the only person it wanted me to like was Katherine, which ironically is someone we're made to hate in the old books. I ended up LIKING her after this book, which seems rather stupid given how much we're made to hate her in previous (later?) books.
I am thoroughly disappointed with what LJ did to this series, I've lost complete respect for her as an author. Just because CW takes your story and changes it in every way possible (essentially the only similarities being the main characters' names and the fact that it's about vampires) does not mean that you should change your story 6 books in. What the ______ LJ, what the? ...more
I won this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads Program.
I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but it wasn't that. I think, given the descrI won this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads Program.
I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but it wasn't that. I think, given the description, cover, etc I expected it to be comical, a light, fun book. (Something I very much needed after some of the heavy things I've ready lately!) But it wasn't. It was just what it said, the story of a girl who wanted to be a nun. It was her struggle with the change of times in the 60's, her mother's new independence (school! a job!), a family of 12 struggling on a single income, the Vietnam War, and the typical life of a 6th grader.
I knew going in that this was a YA book, but it's more a older child's book, with preteen being a bit old for this book.
If I were a Catholic mother with a daughter struggling with her faith, I would definitely buy this book for her, otherwise I don't have much use for it....more
I think I liked this one a lot better than Fallen. I was afraid after reading Fallen that Luce would have no real personality and be dependant on DaniI think I liked this one a lot better than Fallen. I was afraid after reading Fallen that Luce would have no real personality and be dependant on Daniel. But this book gave Luce a much needed personality so she was someone without relying on anyone else (though it's worth noting that she DID rely on a lot of other people). I was a bit bugged by Luce, but that's more of a personal thing. I kept wanting to scream at her that if she had trusted Daniel for lifetimes, why in THE world would she not trust him enough to wait patiently for 18 days? I mean for cripe's sake, it's only 18 days, you're pretty lame if you can't sit back and enjoy beautiful weather and friends for that long without throwing a hissyfit to your boyfriend. But I digress. I felt that there was a lot of good non action action, which most books lack, but when it came to the real action it was quick and not very descriptive as to what actually happened. I had to go back and reread so things to get a somewhat idea as to what in the world was happening. It was very jumpy when it got to that area. Overall, good. Left me awaiting this coming summer so I can read the next book. I feel like there's a lot that can happen in the next book. I'm excited to see where it goes....more
Took me forever and a day to read and the first 40 pages pretty much were the slowest, hardest thing to read ever, but once Lisbeth was introduced toTook me forever and a day to read and the first 40 pages pretty much were the slowest, hardest thing to read ever, but once Lisbeth was introduced to the story it started picking up.
I felt that there was a lot of slow times and it could have been about 100 pages shorter, but other than that, it was decent....more
I was leary when I started this, I've never been a fan of books set in Nazi German and I have NO idea why. It's just not an era that I enjoy reading fI was leary when I started this, I've never been a fan of books set in Nazi German and I have NO idea why. It's just not an era that I enjoy reading from. But I heard rave reviews about The Book Thief, even some calling it the best book ever and others claimed "it changed my life". I kid you not. I read fast. Usually finishing books within a day no matter their size. But I found myself reading this one slow, it took me an entire 3 days to finish, something that never happens. But it was so mesmorizing. I didn't want it to end. I wanted to learn everything I could about Liesel + Rudy + Hans + Max + even Rosa. I would not go so far as to say that this was the best book ever (though it is in my top probaby ten or so) and I definitely wouldn't go so far as to say it changed my life. But it was a very very very good book. I loved the narrative of Death. I loved the way it was written in that it wasn't a set timeline, Death jumped ahead and said yea this is going to happen so be ready for it, and that didn't take away from the happiness/sadness/anger/etc that I still felt when I read it. I will say though that there is one itty bitty detail that was got given that I really would have liked to have known. I won't say what it is, bc it's at the very end and I don't want to ruin anything for anyone, but it doesn't say something that I wish it would have told us and while it is nto a huge deal it leaves me wondering. But maybe that is a good thing bc I can thus make an accusation and live oblivious to the fact of if it's true or not. I can just imagine that my ending is true and live happily ever after....more
I'd heard mixed reviews about this book so I went into it with a low expectation.
It was a bit slow to get started but about half way through it pickedI'd heard mixed reviews about this book so I went into it with a low expectation.
It was a bit slow to get started but about half way through it picked up with the same hard to put down feel that Hush Hush had.
It had a very abrupt ending, leaving me with a desire for next fall to come around and the sequel Tempest, but overall I was left satisfied.
Also there were some guesses made about 1/3 of the way through that turned out to be true. (Insert me patting myself on the back.) And a few times I found myself yelling at Nora to calm down. I mean, she seemed a bit high strung this book and very untrustworthy of the people that she should trust the most after Hush Hush's ending....more
I really wanted to like this book, even before I started reading it. But the first 1/3 of the book was absolutely impossible to get through. It left mI really wanted to like this book, even before I started reading it. But the first 1/3 of the book was absolutely impossible to get through. It left me shaking I was so sad and upset. It's a hard thing for a book to make me cry and this one did many times.
The first 1/3 of the book was Annie's time being held captive and the whole time, while you know she escaped, it's still hard to read. I kept thinking 'one more page and it'll turn around'.
And then it became absolutely impossible to read. I found myself questioning how someone could even think of this stuff to write.
I put the book down and told myself I just wouldn't finish it .
The next morning I started reading it again despite that and found that once the intial terror was over it was actually a very good story.
Annie was an easy character to read from her POV.
The ending sucked, royally, but not in the poor writing type of way, more in the people really suck and why would anyone do such a thing kind of way....more
As with the other two Thirst books, I found myself questioning if Sita would have been better written if she has been wrote by a female author. WhileAs with the other two Thirst books, I found myself questioning if Sita would have been better written if she has been wrote by a female author. While I understand that what I am reading is both fiction AND about a vampire, it (like always) is just a bit too big to swallow. The storyline is just that tad bit too big, too far out there, too unbelievable. I like Sita, I like her toughness yet that she still shows human emotion, but the storyline, the extra characters (The Abomination) are just too too much. Sita is a character I think of, one of those characters that sticks with you. I want to love the story, for that reason, and that's why I've stuck through three books, but I always find myself thinking how unrealistic the story is. Before I read the book I was a bit taken aback that there even was a Thirst 3 given the ending of Thirst 2. I thought 'now this is a book I have to read. I need to know how Sita managed to wake from the dead.' and I was very happy with how that was handled. I was afraid, given my feelings stated above, that it would be some story that would be too hard to grasp, but it was very simple. I appreciated that. Also before I read it I noticed on the back that there is a Thirst 4 coming out soon. I knew this the entire time I read 3 so I was guessing that it would have some major cliff hanger. I was not disappointed, it does. BUT it's not a bad cliffhanger, I liked that it ended with some ending but still makes you say 'I can't wait for the next book so I can see how this happened and what is going to happen next. I also want to point out that at the ending, while reading the author biography I saw that this is a YA book. What the ________ is this doing as a young adult's book? This is definitely, under no circumstances for young adults. I mean, sure they can read it. But the blood, guts, fighting, ect, is not something seen in YA books. Sure there is always one character that is under the age of 18, but that doesn't mean it is a YA book....more