Another big name in our little bookish world is for sure Kami Garcia. Even though her Beautiful Creatures seriesReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Another big name in our little bookish world is for sure Kami Garcia. Even though her Beautiful Creatures series wasn't something I enjoyed, still I wanted to give her books another chance especially after hearing some interesting things about this series. So when it appeared as read-now on NetGalley I said why not!
I wish I didn't, though. I'm not sure should I pull out I'm too old for this or this is not for me card or it's not only that. There is mix of that and mix of some issues I had with this book. But while this story promises you a really thrilling and dark story with some interesting background story, it gives you bits of that but not fully to be crazy about the story. It offers a really nice background story and interesting idea with that, but sadly it wasn't developed enough so I could understand it better. It will probably be in the sequel, but I'm not sure that I'll be reading it.
Now we come to the part which I had issues with - meaning the characters. Now I'm pulling my "I'm too old for this" card and I'll say that while Kennedy was your typical seventeen year old girl it's where it stops. She is not remarkable and unforgettable. Rather she is now after few weeks of reading this story just another character I will forget in few months. It's not only her but the problem here is that despite the love-triangle we had here, I believe that when you have twins as characters you need to make them unique and different enough for us to be able to distinguish between them. In theory that was done here because in descriptions boys were just that, but as soon as they started doing something they became the same. Both were bad boys but doing bad things just because they survived some traumas, which is as we all know always a good reason. Did I say typical already?
So, bottom line is that I believe that people who enjoyed Beautiful Creatures and some other similar books and younger readers who are discovering YA will enjoy this one, but we who had a decent share of typical stories not so much....more
As a kid I really was fortunate enough to get and read many of H. C. Anderson's fairy tales. I loved them and hadReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
As a kid I really was fortunate enough to get and read many of H. C. Anderson's fairy tales. I loved them and had a nice collection of them. But somehow "The Snow Queen" was never among them and it wasn't before Frozen exploded worldwide that I have heard of this tale. Now with Crown of Ice I think I've got to understand it better.
The first thing I noticed while reading Crown of Ice was how much it stick to the real story. There were a lot of new elements, which I'll mention later on, but basic is there. We've got a boy and a girl, Gerda and Kai, who are a bit older than in fairy tale. But they've been friends forever and during that time Gerda saw Kai as her future and her safe harbor, something that was written in start. At the same time Kai even though incredibly smart still aware that it's likely that he will stay in village despite his desires to go to University. It was all as planed until our Thyra returns to their lives, but now as the Snow Queen and lures Kai into her castle where he is bound to help her. They have little time and lots of things to figure out.
Despite the base that was somewhat similar to the original this story presents some fresh elements as well. Even though the cover will tell you different story, Crown of Ice was dark and at moments really cruel. The line between good and evil was always present and while I could understand Thyra and her behavior I couldn't connect with her at the same time. That's actually the main reason why I couldn't enjoy this one fully, but everything except that was nicely done. I loved how the story was even unpredictable even though the background was familiar to me.
All in all, even though story was a bit low at moments, it still was nicely organized and well written.
Just when you think that there is no way that things will get worse, this series finds its way to kick you in thReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Just when you think that there is no way that things will get worse, this series finds its way to kick you in the butt and say "Oh yeah, buddy, there are." I have got a real kick and frankly if there were more than one book left in this series I'd give up.
So if you have read my review for the City of Fallen Angels you know that things there went pretty bad for me. I was annoyed by both Clary and Jace, and Simon and who not. But it wasn't only that but just the fact that this series has lost its point. This one went the same way and there are few things that gave me headaches.
One of them was the beginning, as that was completely pointless. Nothing on earth happened and I just continued turning pages and trying to find why we have this book at all. It picks up and there gets to be something at the end, but fist half of the book could be completely deleted and I wouldn't argue with that. Another thing is actually was the light at the end of the tunnel in the previous book for me and that was Alec who by that point was my favorite character in this series - well he annoyed me as well. He was the mature one and chosen one! #grrr
At the end I finished this book, put it down and picked Clockwork Princess from the self. I read the epilogue and cried my heart out. The last 10 pages of that book made me feel 100x more than the last two books in this series combined.
I don't have much hope left, but I'm curious to see how things will end with this series. Hopefully I'll find a little spark of light somewhere as that's the only thing I wish for....more
After seeing this cover and then reading this blurb at NetGalley it was really hard for me to resist and not to rReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
After seeing this cover and then reading this blurb at NetGalley it was really hard for me to resist and not to request it. Weak as I am, I couldn't and now here we are. This blurb creates certain expectations I had for this book and sadly not all were fulfilled.
The Winter People promises you a really mysterious and unique world, which you get. Maybe not that unique world, as some unique elements of it, and that is something I really liked her. Another thing that worked really well here is mystery, which was something that made me really happy. It all started when Salome was six years old after she fell in a frozen pond. She was lucky enough to survive that and now some years back it's time to face the consequences. It took me a lot of time to connect everything and realize what was behind this.
I wish I could tell you that everything else was as good as the whole idea of the story, but sadly there are some flaws that ruined the whole experience for me. One thing, as the author put it love "quadreangle" here was really annoying. Boys weren't problems, some were a really good material, but I felt like watching a bee that goes from one flower to another throughout the whole story. Not to mention Salome's best friend. That girl is something I wish to educate on some things. Yes, it does present teens nowadays, but it's a really bad influence which I want to keep out of the YA lit.
This story was engrossing, complex and enchanting even, I give it that, but there are many elements here that didn't work for me. It mainly focuses on Salome's love issue(s) and not enough on paranormal elements. I realized what it was all about nearly at the end of the book. It was a really good idea and it was all nicely put together but it could have been better organized.
The author has a really good writing skills as well. The story was nicely written, so I really hope that in the future she will stay away from stereotypes and over-complicating things, which tend to ruin the story. And sadly they ruined this story for me....more
Tanja: I still can't believe that there is only one book left in this series. Remember the days when Bloodlines wReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Tanja: I still can't believe that there is only one book left in this series. Remember the days when Bloodlines was announced and our happiness.Time really flies. But what makes me really happy is that this series, despite its ups and downs is going into the right direction as I can freely say that for me this was the best book in this series till now. Glass: I know - times flies so fast. You do remember that I was disappointed with previous book despite Adrian and Sydney finally getting together, but Silver Shadows managed to surprise me. I did not expect much, so maybe that is why I enjoyed reading it. Tanja: True that. What I really liked her was Sydney. We finally get to see her potential and it was really great to see her change. That girl is now something that I'll cheer for. Adrian on the other hand, deserves a slap or two, but we don't want to ruin that pretty face, do we? Glass: Oh my God, woman - slapping!? I need to take back my whip before you do some serious damage. We do not slap our Adrian. You need to cuddle with him. I loved how he was portrayed in this sequel - not the usual alpha or a bad boy with his physical strength as advantage. His "superpower" is of a different kind. And Sydney? I completely agree with you. Also, Silver Shadows was a bit darker from previous novels. What do you think about that? Tanja: Yes it truly was. I never expected Alchemist to go that far. I mean with the idea and everything the presented I was really surprised with how far they are willing to go. It was also great for the story as it had that paranormal feeling here. And for the whip thing, girl you're the boss and you know it. Also it was really interesting to see some well know characters again here. Our babies are growing up. Did you see that? Glass: Absolutely. I want to know more about what is happening on the court. I have a feeling like we missed a lot while we were occupied with Adrian, Sydney and rest of the gang. Which brings me to the most important question - "Will there be more spin-off series?" And that ending... Considering that there is only one book left and so many things are yet unexplained, it is hard to imagine that Richelle Mead will manage to untangle this whole mess in last Bloodlines novel. Tanja: That's yet another thing that I cannot wait to see. I really hope it'll all finish without any loose ends and that she will manage to conclude everything, as I think it's time to say goodbye to this world. But we have to wait and see. But let's go back to the ending of this book for a moment, as it's actually the only thing that was a bit too much for me. Honestly at one point I expected guys from Cobra 11 to jump out of somewhere. It was funny, but really way too much. Glass: Hahaha, Cobra 11... I forgot about that show and I used to watch it obsessively. Maybe even Tom Cruise to jump in with his high tech toys. You are right, it was a bit too much - even for R. Mead. Combining romantic and action scenes into one... I don't know. There is that "big elephant in the room" we are not talking about because it would be a major spoiler, but I did not see that coming. At all. I am guessing that we all will have to wait and see how will this series end. Let the countdown until February 2015 begin.
By the middle of City of Glass I strongly believed that we're getting somewhere and that I've got to finally seeReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
By the middle of City of Glass I strongly believed that we're getting somewhere and that I've got to finally see why this series is so much popular. I got to connect with the characters and the whole story really got a nice vibe around it. But by the end of that book I felt that things will go downhill. I still hoped and that's why I actually picked City of Fallen Angels. Sadly my hopes crashed right away.
Please note that in the sections to come there WILL BE SPOILERS. I've warned you!
First and actually the biggest problem for me was that this one didn't feel like part of this series. When at the end of City of Glass they killed Valentine and actually destroyed the main villain it felt like an end. It actually was an end and this story didn't have much to do with everything. Yes this world is amazing. I knew that I'm glad that we got to see more of it, but not like this.
The pacing here was really slow and at the beginning this book was really boring. But what's most mostly non of it made any sense. I couldn't see the point of this book. I still can't to be honest. Once again characters started to annoy me and Jace mainly (side note: please don't compare Jace and Will any more. There is a huge difference between being douche and cocky and Jace is the former.).
Another problem I had with this one (yes there are many) is the villain. I just wonder who is next. God, himself? Valentine was a perfect villain and one who could be beaten and who is no invincible. But I cannot say the same for the Lilith. I mean the first women ever and they kick her ass like that. Really?
Now you may wonder where on earth I found that half star. Well...
Kidding, no I'm not. It's actually what I say in my review for City of Glass is my favorite couple. Yes I couldn't resist, but Malec is really what I saw as a light at the end of the tunnel. They are hilarious and it was so easy to laugh when the two of them started arguing.
But, still I'll go on and continue with this series as one of my GR friends told me it gets better. I hope so.
Tanja: You of all people know how much I love Maggie's writing and how I drive people crazy with it. So I can't help but wonder where did it go. I couldn't find it here, which makes me rather sad. Glass: I was always raving about how amazing this woman writes, but I have to agree with you and say that I am rather disappointed with Cole's story. I expected epic conclusion, but left hanging dry. What happened? Tanja: I have no idea where all the magic disappeared. But to organize our thoughts better I propose we list pros and cons here. So would you like to start? Glass: Perfect! Let's see...
What we liked:
Glass: I was so happy with how Maggie Stiefvater managed to avoid all stereotypes of genre and gave us a story which is this amazing crossover between young adult and new adult. I didn't expect anything else from a woman who wrote Scorpio Races. Tanja: I totally agree with that. I also liked how Maggie kept this story apart from The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Sinner is set in LA which put both characters away from everything that happened before. You can read this story on its own, but at the same time I suggest you read the first series. Glass: That is true, most of the companion novels are about same events but usually told from a point of view of a supporting character. Speaking about characters, that is one more plus - both Cole and Isabel are different than in previous novels. At moments I even wondered if I had missed something important between Forever and Sinner. Tanja: I felt the same. My favorite thing or better said moment in this story was when Cole came to pick Isabel up after that party. I could feel bits of old Cole and Isabel then. But even though they did behave like before it was brought to the limit where I didn't enjoy it.
What we didn't like:
Tanja: Like I said at the start there is the writing which was nothing like that poetic sort we had in the previous books. I missed it and my heard ached for it. But still my biggest problem was to determine the point of this story. I didn't see it then and I still cannot see it now. Glass: Also, it had this really weird atmosphere - like a mix of Reckless by S.C. Stephens and Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald. One second I love how she pulls me into Cole's head, it's like I am right there with him and everything he feels, I feel. But then comes this big eye-roll moment and it's like I'm reading completely different book. Tanja: Yes, both characters were taken to their extreme and we could see that their relationship was too destructive. It wasn't balanced and that's why the ending itself felt a bit off for me. Everything happened so fast that at moment I though that was it, the next chapter things turned out of sudden. Drama, and hot and cold moments were too much and I didn't like it. Glass: Well, I've read about more destructive relationships and you know that melodrama is my guilty pleasure, so I didn't have much issues with that. What did bother me is something I usually say for John Green's novels - pretentious writing and characters that try too hard to sound "witty" and "cool". And I can't believe that I am describing that way something Maggie Stiefvater wrote.
In the end...
We are not sorry for reading this book because it was wonderful to get back to our favorite series, but other than being enjoyable and quick read, Sinner was not what we expected. Fans of The Wolves of Mercy Falls might read it "just because", but in the end, we doubt that it will be a memorable read. ...more
From what I have heard (actually read) at different blogs, it seems that that there are some issues in books mostReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
From what I have heard (actually read) at different blogs, it seems that that there are some issues in books most of us dealt with. One of them is when you get a really interesting idea and storyline (despite it being not perfectly done), but the book lacks any sort of chemistry or emotions, or vice versa. Sadly it happens often to me and Sweet Unrest will have to go into that category.
It starts like a mystical story, where Lucy, our main character in the story, moves with her parents to another city where a lot of town mysteries surround them. Soon enough Lucy gets to see pieces of that mystery and realized that there are some things that need to be solved and her adventure begins. With a nice dose of voodoo and dark and twisted stories you get to enjoy this mystery and to turn pages quickly just to see what happens next.
While that aspect of this story is what I really enjoyed, lack of chemistry or any sort of emotions is what stopped me from enjoying this fully. I never connected with Lucy or actually any other character. Alex was a really mysterious guy, but then again I couldn't feel him. Another thing that slightly bothered me was this ending. I don't want to spoil things to you, but it felt rather forced to me.
This is one of those books that for me seemed to have a really great idea and everything, but somewhere in the process some strings got loose and the plot suffered from it as it felt rather dull at moments. But writing was neatly done, which I'll give the author credit for.
While I always say that angels are my favorite paranormal creatures somehow I always end up disappointed with stReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
While I always say that angels are my favorite paranormal creatures somehow I always end up disappointed with stories about them (there are few exceptions, though) but never have I seen a book like this where we deal with Angels of Affection so when I got the opportunity to meet them I jumped right into it.
It all starts with Liam and his last days of life. While fighting for a good cause he dies, but soon enough a new way of life opens for him and we see that he has many regrets to make and this is a chance for him to change. While working and adjusting to the new tasks at hand he didn't dream that once again he will go back being a mortal to help get back the love to the world. His new partner Adela, will have even greater challenges as she left this world a while ago. Together they will do anything to help Jeff.
While this division between the angels and the whole idea of getting love back in to the people was really interesting, sadly this story wasn't as fascinating as I hoped. The whole setting once Liam died and went to heaven was really weakly done. I couldn't sense the whole glorious aura around the angels and the parts of this story which were set on Earth were much better to me. Another thing that bothered me was that some aspects of this story were really predictable, but I must say that the relationship here was really good. I loved how slowly things moved and how the affection between the two grew.
All in all, it's a fast and decent read but sadly nothing much....more
There is this phenomena I'm experiencing with paranormal books lately. Mostly I get to see some really amazing idReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
There is this phenomena I'm experiencing with paranormal books lately. Mostly I get to see some really amazing ideas. They're usually new and unique, but the characters end up being totally different story. It's really hard to rate books as that.
Till Death is story about teens, actually sixteen year old Selena, who has been having visions for some time now. Even though it terrifies her at the same time she is used to keeping her secret and only her best friends know it. It was easy to control it until certain events, which started after Dillan's arrival, started to happen. He on the other hand knows what he is and he's raised to control it and rule the power within. When he sees that some powerful creatures are threatening and attacking girl who's been an unsolved mystery to him. Let's just say, he never leaves things unsolved.
Now we come to pros and cons of this story. Pros: The whole idea of paranormal creatures and their hierarchy presented here was the most appealing aspect of the story to me. It was great to see how that all functioned not only in their city but on a higher level. The other thing is the whole storyline which was nicely planed and built. Cons: The characters themselves. They were so stereotypical that it bored me till death. The whole Dillan being bad, perfectly-looking, arrogant boy got on my nerves from the start. Selena was totally neutral for me as for her feelings. She was meh, most of the time. Generally I couldn't care less for either of them. Which was the biggest obstacle for me.
At the end of the day I think that younger readers who enjoy typical bad-boys could enjoy much more than I did.
When Livia Blackburne approached me last year and asked me to read the prequel to this story, Poison Dance, I jumReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
When Livia Blackburne approached me last year and asked me to read the prequel to this story, Poison Dance, I jumped to it. Assassins are always my favorite bunch to hang out with and luckily it turned out for the best. Ever since then I've been frantically checking NetGalley for Midnight Thief and finally it is here.
First I'd want to start this review by saying that you should read Poison Dance before reading this book (it's free on Amazon so go and grab it) because you'll be able to understand this world a little bit better and what is most you will understand James better. When I first saw him in this book I was taken aback. Everything seemed the same only he was older, wiser and with what happened before changed his way of thinking. When it comes to Kyra she was one of those characters I assume many (together with me) will love. She is brave and extremely resourceful because life tough her that. Then in came Tristam, whom I didn't expect, but like any real knight he swept me off my feet. Even though romance is not main focus in this story it was sweet and slow.
Now, we're getting to the my favorite detail in the story. It's that you never know who is in fact good and who is bad here. The rolls switch every now and then and mostly villains are in facts heroes in their own minds. It's so easy to see every Kyra's doubt as you never know whom to trust. It kept me on edge throughout the whole book and I enjoyed it so much. Also there is clash of different worlds here and it was a puzzle to put all of them on the right sides. Still is to me.
That being said, I must add that I enjoyed the plot here which was full of unexpected twists and turns, with great characters - both main and supporting, who are all portrayed realistically, with dose of magic which I enjoyed.
Only thing I wish to have here was a map. I can imagine it but sometimes it was hard to follow all the places. I really hope that the finished copy will have one. ...more
The time setting of this book is a very familiar to all of us. We all remember history classes and the whole FirsReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
The time setting of this book is a very familiar to all of us. We all remember history classes and the whole First World War period. We know that Germany was preparing for the big war and that a lot of army and arms were included. But this book will show you that not only human inventions were part of this era, but some paranormal forces as well.
Ardis, our main character here is a mercenary and her task for Austira-Hungary is to kill people with her skills. With that she is half American and half Chinese, an unusual combination for that time, which brought her the life of mercenary in a first place. Once on a battlefield when she sees a man bleeding to death, it's strange that it hits her stronger than she would expect. She killed many after all. But soon enough she discovers that the bleeding stranger is more than usual man, he is actually a necromancer and if she let's him die he might return as a monster. She cannot let that happen. Upon saving him, he swears fealty to her. Now they're somehow stuck together, and soon enough they discover what a great team they are. On all fields.
While Ardis was someone I could easily connect with, Wendel and I have some issues to overcome. He is a great portrayal of necromancer, person who had a really tough past to deal with. Still I had some problems with some of his actions. But, on the other side the world-building and the whole setting has everything I could ask for. We're in the center of activities but at the same time we're far from it. The whole war idea is in the air but we can see everyday lives of people and the whole network of people behind the curtains.
I have a strong feeling that Karen Kincy has more to offer to the whole steampunk genre and be sure that I'll be waiting to see what....more
A month or so ago I've read and reviewed Ghost Hand and then I said that I really loved the uniqueness of this stReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
A month or so ago I've read and reviewed Ghost Hand and then I said that I really loved the uniqueness of this story. I did have some issues with the first book back then, but I can happily say that Ghost Hold was better than expected.
After getting to meet Olivia and her condition it was hard not to be perplexed by the idea of a ghost hand. It was something new and then we got to meet Marcus and see that this whole picture is bigger than we thought. When they get to see what CAMRers can do they know that they must go and help others with PSS because they are just victims who don't know where they are. With the list they go to rescue Samantha the girl with PSS. But things get much more complicated and darker than they thought.
Usually it happens that when a book presents a new idea, the sequel ends up being a disappointment because you're not fascinated by the phenomena any more, luckily Ripley had much more to add to this idea and make it even more interesting. For me it was great to see how this aspect is realistic and how even though that's the central idea of this story everything else is nicely built around it.
In this sequel we can also see the growth of characters and their emotions. It was great to see their relationship grow and they for sure have a special bond. Besides their growth we get to meet Passion better and see her story. It was a story that surprised me and I really get to like her more.
I truly enjoyed this story and how everything got to develop and after that ending it's hard not to eagerly expect the next book in this series....more
*Spoilers if you haven't read the first two books in this series (but then again you have them in the blurb as weReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
*Spoilers if you haven't read the first two books in this series (but then again you have them in the blurb as well)*
The Forever Song is one of the most expected books for me this year, especially after finding out that it's a grand finale in this series as I'm used to more sequels when it comes to Kagawa's books. I wish I could say this book was all I wanted but sadly I think I'm getting too old for this.
Allie was one of my dearest vampires in the first book. I loved her humanity and desire to be the being he once was but after she lost Zeke she became that annoying vampire we all hate. Don't get me wrong I don't hate bad vampires and Jackal is one of the example how to create a baddie but Allie is not that, she is not that type of character and I knew that she will get out of that phase sooner or later and that her guilt would make me wanna yell at her. It did happen and when she realized that Zake is actually dead in another sense their relationship lost that innocence and beauty it once possessed.
While Allie was a problem to me here, Kanin was someone I still cherished. I loved him form a book one and it's really nice how the author portrayed him as an master and he really fits the role. I'm also happy that we finally got to see more Jackal and his comments were always funny. Without him this book would get really boring and in fact it did up until the near end when everything started to happen.
All in all, this was the weakest book in this series to me, but at the end it was great to see the great finale.
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan on Akasha series by this author, and once she announced that she was writing aReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan on Akasha series by this author, and once she announced that she was writing a book about mermaids I was thrilled. Honestly for some unknown reason I have read maybe a couple of books with mermaids in them. Why? I have no idea. At the end I only wish this book was more enjoyable for me so I'd gladly pick another mermaid book, but sadly that's not what happened.
We shall start from beginning here. This is a story about Serena, the youngest member of a dying race. Fifteen years ago a massacre happened where many of her race were killed and the hate between her race and their enemies werewolves went deeper and deeper. The history between these two races goes way in the past and once they were protectors of one another, but then everything changed that night. Now mermaids are close to their elimination and without being able to go on the surface they're not able to create more of their race. When Serena is given a task to go on the surface she is determined to make things right. Things are getting harder to cope with and soon enough the conflict reached its peak.
When I started reading this story I though I would give up. The beginning is really slow and with so many descriptions it was hard to read more than a page or two a day. But I pushed myself to go on and honestly I'm happy for that. Because later this series gets more interesting.
Not only slow pace at the start was an issue to me, also the Serena's character was hard to connect to. But that's my fault as the is too young for my liking. At some points here actions were a bit frustrating to me, but honestly I'd probably support her all the way if I had read this few years ago.
All in all, it was a really interesting story, but slow pace and main character weren't something I enjoyed that much....more
Like I said the last time, when I reviewed A Castle of Sand, one of my favorite thing here is that the author kneReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Like I said the last time, when I reviewed A Castle of Sand, one of my favorite thing here is that the author knew exactly when to stop the story in one book and when to continue with the next one. All books in this series have some minor (so to say) problems they deal with, while the whole series has bigger issues that are presented in all books.
In last book we caught a glimpse of all sides in this complicated world. It's way bigger than only vampires vs people thing. There are big differences between different vampire clans but they all aim for one thing safety and power. The we also have hunters, who try to protect our world from these beasts. War is about to start.
For many here it's hard to recognize good and bad and to decide which side they belong to because things change so often and it's hard to trust anyone. With all that Sofia must struggle and fight hard not to break, which is hard when a person she should trust unconditionally offers her a way out, a solution to all her troubles. Only that means the end of everything Derek fights for.
Luckily it's not Ben I have problems here any longer. While at one hand I do understand Sofia and her determination to find a solution I couldn't but be angry at her when she was so stubborn. I felt sorry for Derek here.
But all in all, I cannot wait to see how things develop in A Blaze of Sun....more
It's been a while since Reaping me Softly came out. With that lovely cover and the whole idea it was impossibleReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It's been a while since Reaping me Softly came out. With that lovely cover and the whole idea it was impossible to resist it. Like I said in my review then this book had a concept that really had been innovative back in time. Back then I asked for this sequel not to be predictable and I got that, unfortunately some other things changed.
One thing is sure Unreap My Heart continues in the same manner. Leaving Earth and going to Underverse is hard to define. The whole world seemed terrifying and really imaginative at the same time. After troubles in the first book Arianne now has to go on a quest to try to safe her love and lives of many she cares for. Her personal tour guide is Balthazar himself. The clock is ticking and they need to survive lots of creatures and tricks to reach the thing they want the most. Balthazar power, and Arianne way to save everything she cares for.
Like I said the mare travel and the world here have been really great. I loved the picture of Underworld and different twists that seem to fit the setting perfectly. But I did have some troubles. First and foremost Balthazar. At the start his character seem to be perfectly captured. He was heartless and cruel, just the way you expect him to be, but problem started later in the story. Which leads us to the main problem - this sort of love triangle. Huh, duh, hard to explain when it was mostly psychological but it bothered me. The picture of perfect love between Ari and Nico we left in the first book was perfect made me feel for them. Mainly the thing between Ari and Balthazar was hard to imagine and feel.
At the end I must say that the ending here rocked the show! It does end with a cliffhanger but it was so gripping that I cannot wait to read more.
***NOTE: Copy of this book was kindly provided by publisher Omnific Publishing for review. Thank you. I'm not paid for writing this review - I do it as a lover of written word. All opinions are personal....more
This is a year of me putting my task manager and finally reading some authors I've been avoiding for a while. HolReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
This is a year of me putting my task manager and finally reading some authors I've been avoiding for a while. Holly Black is not an exception and after hearing some amazing things about her Curse Workers series I decided to finally discover her stories. So when The Coldest Girl in Coldtown came out I knew that I need to read it. I mean, YA paranormal stand-alone book! It's basically unheard of these days.
Tana (that the closest to my name I'll get in YA it seems) our main character here is a normal girl given the circumstances. She lives in a world where vampires and predators and they are quarantined in cities called Coldtowns only she never though she would have to go there as once you enter you never go back. When her friends were killed after a party in safe house she knows she has to run and don't look back, but the problem is that on her way she sees her ex-boyfriend and a boy and she has to free them. It means also that predators will have more time to catch them and they must race and find a way to survive.
Considering that much of this story was not put into blurb I won't spoil a thing. I will just tell you that this is a book that it's really unique and fun. With great spectra of characters and it was so interesting to see how different types responded differently to the whole vampire invasion. But at the same time it's dark and really filled with horror. But my fave part of all is romance which was so good and grabbed me from the start.
Only downside of this story was its slow pace which bothered me at moments. But all in all, really interesting story and I'll be reading more of Holly Black's book soon enough....more
Ever since I did cover reveal for this book I was really curious about it. It sounded like something new and it's been a while since I've seen something new in paranormal world. Luckily I didn't have to wait long and soon enough I started reading this book.
While everything starts with Livia, a girl who has to move from the New York and leave everything behind and settle in a smaller town - it isn't easy for her. She knows she is capable of doing many things and also afraid that she might not be able to control them. Her biggest fear is that she has no idea what's happening to her nor what new thing can happen tomorrow. Still she promises herself that she will try. Luckily for her she meets Adam, a boy who has supposed to help her with horses but at the same time the boy she shares more than she could imagine.
It all might have started typical with a girl who has is different and then meeting a boy and trying to hide her real power soon enough it started to be different. First with their powers, it was unique for me and I was really curious about the whole story. Also the relationship between the two of them was so sweet that I couldn't help but cheer for them. When everything started to be more intense and when things started to get more complicated I was afraid for them.
Even though this book ends with cliffhanger it only makes me want the next book even more. I can't wait to see more and discover more about the powers and their lives. But above all I need to see what happens with my sweetheart!...more
With every book in this series it gets harder and harder to review them. Ever since A Shade of Vampire I became tReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
With every book in this series it gets harder and harder to review them. Ever since A Shade of Vampire I became the fan of this series and even now three books later things haven't changed. I still enjoyed the story and once again I can't wait to read more.
In the previous sequel A Shade of Blood some things made me realize what I do like and what I don't like when it comes to this series. For instance I enjoy Sofia and Derek's relationship so much that I don't think even after reading hundred books about them I could feel different. Simply I can feel it and enjoy it that much. When they are parted it brings some problems to me but luckily after some ups and downs they were back together. Only things aren't even close to perfect because many are against them and they have to fight with everything they have and more.
One thing that annoyed me is Ben, truth to be told he still annoys me. Even though I got to meet him better and maybe see him in different light for me he lost all his chances. But still even I was surprised with some of his actions here.
What is special about this series is that books are relatively short - around 200 - 300 hundred pages and it's just the right size to gets you to enjoy the story and adds some drama but still it stops when it's time to stop so when some time after you get to continue with the next you really get excited. That's why I can't wait to see what A Shadow of Light has for me.
I really enjoyed this one but still A Shade of Vampire stays my favorite....more
How far you'll get with this book depends mostly on how long you can tolerate some linguistic errors, regardless if they're grammatical, syntactic or structural or any other. As you can see I can tolerate it but then again my grammar sucks sometimes so I'm in no position to judge anyone. But also the story is really gripping and I wanted to see what will happen. I'm really happy cause of that.
When I say happy for that I mostly mean that I've got to read the ending of this book. Yes this is a series and everything but then again this ending was the only right thing to do. But besides that this is also a story about angels and considering that they're my favorite creatures I always expect much more. That mistake is mine and mine alone so maybe some people will love this story more. The main problem for me was the characterization of angels. When you create them as villains it creates some bad feelings inside me. I don't have such a problem with Nephilim but then about archangels I do.
To tell you more about the book. We have a girl named Rosa as a pretty good kick-ass character. After some events in her past she decided to become a hunter and with her determination she became one of the best. While living in the world where the world as we know it has been invaded the two tabors are created. Some cities are the cities of hunters while other are the cities of angels. The problems for Rose starts when all of the sudden two angels are in her city. Yes they have glamour but they can't fool Rose. Even though all her instincts tell her to kill them as it's her job she is curious to see why are they there. Something is off. Jason one of the angles is on a quest and searching for someone very important to him.
Besides all the things I mentioned above which were problems for me this book also has some good sides. First one is the whole idea for the story is good. Maybe I'd change some things but this is not my book. The idea is good and I do see potential in it. The author also managed to create something that some author's never do - feelings. But most of the bad things could be fixed with a good editor. Towards the end of the book this became such an amazing thing. I'm really happy that I've had the opportunity to read it.
Rating: 2.5 stars.
***NOTE: Copy of this book is kindly provided by the author Rose J. Bell - Thank you. I'm not paid for writing this review - I do it as a lover of written word. All opinions in this review are personal....more
Not so long ago I've got invitation to do the review for A Shade Of Vampire. To be honest vampires are now old stReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Not so long ago I've got invitation to do the review for A Shade Of Vampire. To be honest vampires are now old story so I didn't expect a lot. That's way the book took me by surprise and I really liked it. I was so happy when the author asked me to do a review for this one.
Like I said in my A Shade of Vampire review this series is about a girl named Sofia who gets kidnapped by Novak family. One of the eldest vampire family. Soon enough she becomes a pet of a price himself - Derek. But not only that she becomes something more. Up until a moment when her life gets in danger and she must go away. Now in this book the two of them are separated. Sofia is back into the real world with annoying Ben while Derek has a lot of things to do in vampire world.
I can't tell you more about the story but I can about my feelings for this book. First with annoying Ben. I have no clue if the idea was to create some sort of a love triangle there but honestly that annoying little brat is really getting on my nerves. That mostly was the reason why the first part of the book wasn't so good for me. Honestly this story becomes awesome when Derek and Sofia are together. Luckily I got that too. Still I believe that with all the realizations the next book in this series will be great. I mean if there is one but I strongly believe that there will be one.
I have some sort of rule - like whenever some of my girls from Goodreads recommends a book to me I'll read it. NoReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I have some sort of rule - like whenever some of my girls from Goodreads recommends a book to me I'll read it. No questions asked. Same is with this book. So thanks Becca for recommending it to me.
The Beholder might me a strange and interesting read to most of you. It deals with sort of different type of power. I got used to most of paranormal things so when I see something new I'm always happy to read it. The story here is that there are two worlds - Light and Darkness and we're in the middle of events here. Sooner or later the two worlds will clash and that can cause a lot of damage. Everything started with a dreams - weird dreams and then Jason found out some things he couldn't dream of. People went missing more than usual and Emily is there to try to stop or end things. They need to go through some serious battles.
Like I said I really liked to see something original in this book. Maybe the idea of darkness and light is not so unique but the author created a good story out of it. Another thing I like is many things here are unpredictable. The story changes course suddenly and I liked the dynamics. For the things I didn't like - there should be some sort of background. I still miss a big part of Jason's and everybody else's life. It's hard to connect with the character when you don't really know who he/she is. Also the whole idea of this story should have some background. I know that some things will be explained in the sequel but I miss them here.
All in all I enjoyed reading this. Rating: 3.5 stars....more
Honestly I'm really used to the YA novels and the writing style so jumping out of that world is sometimes reallyReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Honestly I'm really used to the YA novels and the writing style so jumping out of that world is sometimes really necessary. This one provided me that. Or the author did. Either way thank you.
If I had to describe my feelings after reading this book - my first reaction would be freaked out. Really this book freaked me out even more than I could imagine. To make things clear that's not a bad thing cause I started thinking a lot. This book is so real but still so unreal at the same time. While it tells you about the things that are all around you and really possible still you can't believe it. We're really the slaves of technology. That generally doesn't have to be a bad thing if you're a god guy but when you get a bad guy against you - well that's another thing all together.
Reality TV is something that became so popular few years ago and everyone started watching Big Brother and other shows. Even now they're popular. But this is a story about a bit disturbing show called The Game. Simple name for the simple game but with complex outcome. Candice is a normal girl, living her life up until one day everything turns upside down. She loses everything, her job, boyfriend, privacy - basically her life. She is in the middle of something she couldn't dream of. She lost control of her own life and there is only one way to get it all straight. To play a game. Soon someone else jumps into all that mess. Someone who knows everything just needs a little reminder.
Needless to say you should mix a bit of paranormal and romance into all that and then you pretty much get this book. This was my first book from this author and I decided to join this blog tour because it sounded interesting enough. I really liked characters and the idea of the story. Maybe it's a bit extreme but that's why it really gets you.
Even though the paranormal thing really works for this story I somehow wish that it stayed realistic till the end. That's the only thing that I could point out as bad....more
Upon seeing this cover you probably though this was Glass speaking or writing, if you would like. But nope, it'sReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Upon seeing this cover you probably though this was Glass speaking or writing, if you would like. But nope, it's me. I've fooled you, haven't I? Well, not so long ago I've got the second book in this series for review - Mark of the Sylph and to say it blow me away would be an understatement. Then I saw that Touch of the Angel is about my darlings angles and I couldn't not resist. Maybe I should have.
But this review will tell you more about me as a reader not why should or shouldn't you pick up this book. Well here is the thing - after reading Mark of the Sylph I was blown away with the whole concept. In this world we have brothers (the covers describe them physically) but who are also halves - meaning that they're half demons and half other creatures. What's there not to intrigue you about a half-demon and half-angel creature. The whole idea still seems great to me and I enjoyed discovering new creatures and races in this novel only it wasn't as remarkable as the first time. Still that part of the book was really interesting, sadly it wasn't in focus.
Now we get to the real problem for me - adult part of the story. It's not that it's gross or anything - I have read worse trust me, but the problem is - it's boring mostly. That's the issue I have with many adult novels - we fight the bad guys let's get more action, different kind though. You discover something important - time to celebrate, you know the way. It's something in book that people mostly love. But once I again I'm far from most of the people. It becomes boring to me. It loses that spark or the emotion and turns into action - steamy action.
I believe that lovers of adult paranormal novels will adore this book. Ranin is a macho man you cannot resist and Amara is both strong but at times weak girl you can easily connect with. The whole world around them is dangerous and you get plenty of action (both kinds) and it's also mysterious. It has all you could ask for....more