Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini is a wonderful new look into the world of the gods and demigods. Helen is a quiet girl who loves living her life in...moreStarcrossed by Josephine Angelini is a wonderful new look into the world of the gods and demigods. Helen is a quiet girl who loves living her life in relative obscurity. This is sometimes hard to do because she has super strength, super speed, and is drop dead beautiful. The arrival of a new family in town doesn't help matters any. When around them she feels an extreme violent urge. Helen's life is about to spiral out of control to heights of fantastical proportions. She leans who she is, what she is, and how vicious and vindictive the gods can truly be.
Starcrossed is the beginning of a new series that takes Greek mythology to a new level and expands on the fickleness of the gods. Helen is truly a unique character. She isn't the typical confident kick ass heroine that the young adult genre is used to. The awesome thing about this is readers get to see her grow throughout the book both in confidence and self awareness. Lucas and the rest of the Delos family add spice and excitement to the story. They know the world and ahve to slowly introduce Helen to their ways and customs. Each character in the family has their own stoic and honorbound personality, but each also has the perfect amount of smart assery mixed in. They truly make the book enjoyable. Perhaps the title gives it away as Starcrossed, but in case you didn't get it from the title or description Starcrossed has starcrossed lovers in it. Let me tell you... it is amazing, sexy, and sweet. Normally I'm not one for the back and forth between starcrossed lovers, but there is just something about Ms. Angelini's writing that made me love this part of the story line. Your heart gets all warm and fuzzy and you want to root for them. All in all Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini does justice to the fickle nature of the Greek gods and starcrossed lovers of old. This book gets a 4 1/2 STAR rating!
***This is an audiobook review. Devon Sorvari is the narrator and does a great job. Each character has the perfect voice and she moves the story along at a good pace. (less)
At first I was slightly apprehensive to read this book because of the description. For some reason I just kept picturing angels and reincarnation. Die...moreAt first I was slightly apprehensive to read this book because of the description. For some reason I just kept picturing angels and reincarnation. Die For Me isn't about either of those things. I really enjoyed this book. Kate isn't a kick-butt action packed heroine, but she is tough when she needs to be in the face of danger. The fact that Kate isn't the typical "stoic" heroine also drew me in. She shows normal distraught emotion over the horrible things that she has went through recently. She is the type of main character that doesn't get utilized much in YA paranormal fiction. The fact that she is a semi-average girl was refreshing. Then you had Vincent. He is a pretty amazing guy. It would be hard not to fall for him. Vincent is tough, chivalrous, protective, funny, and has just a little bit of a dangerous streak. The only thing I found "faulty" about this couple was how hard and fast they fell for each other. The other characters in the story are also written perfectly. Each one has their own personality and identity. They were enjoyable and I don't think the book would have been as good without them.
The world of the Revenants is definitely a unique one. I know I've never read another book with this type of supernatural creature before. It isn't hard to make a "creature" up, but to have them actually make sense is completely different. If I believed in the supernatural I could see revenants existing. I can't tell you what they are because it is too good of a surprise. Making this book even more awesome was the fact that it takes place in Paris. I must admit between the Parisian places/sights and the smattering of French throughout the book I did get a little lost at times. Other than that this new world was an easy one to get immersed in.
This is an audiobook review so...the audio must be addressed. The narrator for Die For Me is Julia Whelan and she did an excellent job. She had to switch back and forth from French and English accents. I've never really been around many people with that accent, but it sounded good to me. I give this book a 4 STAR rating.(less)
Torn picks up where Switched left off. This second edition in the trilogy never lets up on the action and drama and far surpasses it's predecessor Swi...moreTorn picks up where Switched left off. This second edition in the trilogy never lets up on the action and drama and far surpasses it's predecessor Switched. The elements and characters in this edition really start to develope. In the first book I wasn't a big fan of Wendy. She was a selfish and spoiled brat. In Torn, readers see Wendy grow up a lot and start taking responsibility. Some more background information on the troll societies is revealed and adds a sense of darkness to the story. There is the edition of two characters Loki and Duncan. First off, I love Duncan! He is so sweet and unassuming. As for Loki, I want him for a book boyfriend. The guy is made of suave, charming, and a dash of bad boy. Sadly, this sequel saw me fall out of like with Finn. He is a bit of a clueless A$$! Tove has a much larger role and quickly became one of my favorite characters in a slightly crazy and quirky way.There is a lot more action and things just seemed to flow more smoothly than they did in Switched. I believe that with this edition Ms. Hocking really stepped up her writing. I love this series and can't wait to re-read Ascend in paperback! (less)
I can remember eagerly awaiting her next book to come out on Kindle. Switched is a "new" YA series that tackles a much ignored mythological creature....moreI can remember eagerly awaiting her next book to come out on Kindle. Switched is a "new" YA series that tackles a much ignored mythological creature. Trolls. Yes, that's right...trolls. In this world the class system is everything, old ways are the law, and the idea of change is absurd. The imagery she uses to describe the Trylle home of Forening is vivid and beautiful. Every character from Wendy, Finn, and Elora to Tove, Willa, and Rhys are carefully put together to form individual and distinct characters who stand out. Wendy's questioning and attempt at reconciling the world she has grown up in and the one that now belongs to her is completely believable. The characters and their world are amazing!
As much as I love this book there is one point of contention that I have with this book and it's a big one. The trolls aren't that different from how faeries are imagined in stories today. This book is a fabulous read, but through most of the book the fact that they are trolls is lost. Does this greatly detract from the book? No. Did it affect the way I rated it? Yes, it's about the only negative thing I could come up with and what kept it from being a 4 1/2 or 5 STAR book. I love Amanda Hocking; this series in particular, and may have been a little biased in my rating. Please read this trilogy, it is one of the few that gets better and better in the sequels. I (less)
Shatter Me...Oh, Shatter Me! This book has me so confused! First off, I love this book. I love the world, the characters, and the writing. Anna is an...moreShatter Me...Oh, Shatter Me! This book has me so confused! First off, I love this book. I love the world, the characters, and the writing. Anna is an amazing heroine. She is tough, caring, quiet, and yet you can tell there is something dark in her at times. Readers can really connect with her story and get the sense of just how alone she has been in the world all of her life. In regards to Anna, I thought I would find the cross out words annoying or distracting. They were the exact opposite. They offered the reader another way to connect to Anna's character; expressing not only her feelings, but her eventual transformation. Adam is also a likeable character. He is sweet, caring, and protective. However, there was another man that pushed his way into the spotlight, stole the show, and made me feel all together uncomfortable. Warner ...never have I ever liked such an absolutely despicable villain so much in my entire life. He is right up there with the king of literary villains, but something about him is so compelling. I must admit that I had to go online and google to see if I was the only "freak" who felt this way. Thankfully on Ms. Mafi's website she explains that this doesn't make me weird. The last character that really stood out to me is Kai. There is something about his shameless flirting that is highly appealing and I hope to see much more of him in the sequel.
When writing a post-apocolyptic/ dystopian novel world building is one of the most important things a writer must get right. If readers can't picture the world, they can't connect to the book. The world that Shatter Me takes place in is absolutely brilliant! My only complaint is that I found this world so intriguing that I wish there had been much more background information on how it got that way and what is going on now. My last gushing point that Shatter Me does absolutely fabulous on is the violence! I love a book that gets down and dirty with the fighting. Shatter Me's violence and darkness is what turns a good book into a great one!. The second installment can't come soon enough for me. (less)