I'm probably your typical Urban Fantasy fic reader, so it's no surprise I liked this book. What IS surprising is that I ever found out about it.
Yes,...moreI'm probably your typical Urban Fantasy fic reader, so it's no surprise I liked this book. What IS surprising is that I ever found out about it.
Yes, I live most of my life with my head up my own ass, but I like to think being on Goodreads and Nookboards is rectifying that for me.
I found this on a Freebie Friday deal in July for the Nook on B&N's website. I picked it up, because I have this ebook hoarding disorder that hasn't been diagnosed yet, and let it sit on my Nook. After I finished reading - well shoot, I don't remember, THAT is how much this book (and series) has consumed my "book life" - I decided to give Darkfever a whirl.
I was immediately consumed. What? Mac's sister was brutally murdered by something otherwordly?! Check me in! I devoured it in about a day. Karen Moning is excellent at what she does: fleshing out characters, making you care about them, building worlds you wouldn't mind parking your petunia in for a little while (or....FOREVER!). She writes plot twists and turns with what seems to be a flourish of her hand, leaving me confounded and perturbed and....jonesing for more. I could not get enough of the Fever world, so once I finished, I immediately bought 2, 3 & 4. And I was oh so mad when I found out I was going to have to wait until January (Oh. Em. Gee. that's five whole months!) to read the last one!
If you haven't taken a turn on the Fever train yet, I suggest you hop aboard. It's a wild ride!(less)
I know this is a lot of readers' least favorite novel in the series, but it may very well be my favorite, because Katniss sucks it up and deals, albei...moreI know this is a lot of readers' least favorite novel in the series, but it may very well be my favorite, because Katniss sucks it up and deals, albeit begrudgingly. But hey, that's real life. Some books have happily-ever-afters, and certainly, Mockingjay ends well, but it doesn't end happily and that's actually what I liked about it. Sometimes life is bittersweet and Collins shows us this throughout the series. Maybe we strive for everything but only come away with some of the things we wanted. Mockingjay wasn't rushed, it wasn't contrived. It shows the reader how much sacrifice it takes to have freedom.(less)
Shadowfever was an excellent final chapter in the 5 book series. Moning did an excellent job intervweaving plots with character development and lots o...moreShadowfever was an excellent final chapter in the 5 book series. Moning did an excellent job intervweaving plots with character development and lots of grit and chock full of wit. This was one of the most enjoyable series of books I've ever read. (less)
Simon's Choice is a excellent novel, I just can't say enough good things about it. I found it by chance on Smashwords right after I had purchased my N...moreSimon's Choice is a excellent novel, I just can't say enough good things about it. I found it by chance on Smashwords right after I had purchased my Nook with only 2 reviews (both 5 stars by the way). This story immediately gripped me. You have two loving parents and one little girl, and all of them are facing an imminent death (the little girl's). She's their only child and doesn't want to die alone, so she asks her daddy if he will go with her to Heaven. Thus begins a stormy story of how a family weathers and grows from a tragedy such as this one, that leaves you sad, yet happy, at the end. If I could give this a hundred stars, I would. Happy reading! (less)
This book was on my TBR list for quite awhile, yet I continued to put it off to pursue other, "more interesting" reads. What was I thinking?! Mead wri...moreThis book was on my TBR list for quite awhile, yet I continued to put it off to pursue other, "more interesting" reads. What was I thinking?! Mead writes a great cross-genre story of an academy for vampires. The book starts off at night, so you get the sense of dark and foreboding, and the pace keeps a quick tempo from there. I can practically see the antagonist, Rose, standing in the window, peering out into the night. Telling it in the 1st person really draws you in and keeps you reading. As I was reading, I thought idlly to myself, "Self, this book is pretty good. It's not great, but it's worth 4 stars." I was full prepared to give it that rating. Then the ending just knocked my socks off. I cannot wait to read Frostbite: Vampire Academy Book 2. I think anyone who likes paranormal fiction and young adult will enjoy this novel. (less)
I just love the Dystopian genre and Delirium fits the bill perfectly. PERFECTLY. It is overflowing with imagery, mixes the old and the new, and leaves...moreI just love the Dystopian genre and Delirium fits the bill perfectly. PERFECTLY. It is overflowing with imagery, mixes the old and the new, and leaves you perhaps questioning your entire belief system, maybe even your existence. Delirium takes place in the not-so-distant future, where government oppression is in full swing. Scientists have found a "cure" for Love, because it's believed Love, aka amor deliria nervosa, is the root cause for every bad thing that has happened in our past. Wars have been waged, religions have been created, or destroyed, hearts broken, all in the name of Love. In Delirium, citizens exist in a fog after their 18th birthday, cured of Love, the deliria, to maintain structure, peace and harmony. The government, seemingly omniscient, chooses when you will have the procedure, what you will study in college, whom you will marry and even how many children you will have. They are the puppeteers and their citizens the puppets. And because parents are normally cured, their children grow up without love and affection, something I think I would find lonely. The only uncureds are the children, whom are taught not to show too much affection, laugh, or cry. Schools are segregated by gender. This is the ultimate control: a world without love means you've got no one to resist you because no one feels passionate enough to even try. The government successfully cures Love and through that, Hate, but they do not cure indifference, the scariest of them all. No, in fact the breed it. But no dystopian story is complete without a faction of resistors, those who oppose the government's agenda. While Delirium has resistors, more than we even know about, the story doesn't tell much of them, at least in this first book. Delirium is told from the 1st-person, through the eyes of Lena, an orphan citizen living with her aunt, uncle and cousins. We get to see her struggles to fit in, her fervent belief in the cure and the effects of the "disease" as she meets someone who allows her true self to shine through. Seemingly a puppet, her belief is shaken to the core and suddenly, that thin veil is lifted from her eyes. She finally sees, she finally feels. She finally Loves. As if she's Loved her whole life and didn't realize it until now. Lauren Oliver writes it perfectly...I simply cannot find any criticisms. I Loved this book and I cannot wait to read the next one. (less)
Frostbite is a fantastic follow-up on the first book in the series. I continue to just LOVE Rose. She's is continuing to grow in her role and assume r...moreFrostbite is a fantastic follow-up on the first book in the series. I continue to just LOVE Rose. She's is continuing to grow in her role and assume responsibility, but still maintains her spunk and kick-ass nature. I find new characters like Adrian Ivashkov very interesting and I really look forward to seeing where he helps to take the series. (less)
As Shadow Kiss is the third book in the Vampire Academy series, I was expecting a lot from this book. And boy did it deliver!
Richelle Mead brings you...moreAs Shadow Kiss is the third book in the Vampire Academy series, I was expecting a lot from this book. And boy did it deliver!
Richelle Mead brings you deeper into the society of Morio and Dhampirs, after the attack during winter break in Frostbite. Rose continues to be our heroine, the story being told in the first person. I honestly don't think these books could have been written any other way.
While Vampire Academy and Frostbite start out fairly light & airy, Shadow Kiss tends to dip deeper into the societal moors of this vampire species (and its sub-species, the Moroi, Dhampirs and Strigoi). It's definitely a darker novel, something I tend to enjoy in books such as these. Mead tells the most intense story yet with Shadow Kiss; Rose is continuing on her path to graduation, so she can be the best Guardian possible to Lissa, also her BFF, but with a great deal of introspection. She is forced to explore her mental stamina and determine whether or not she really wants to be a Guardian over being with Dimitri, the man she loves. Dimitri, the biggest, baddest-ass Guardian finally lets down his guard and accepts that sometimes life isn't as simple as he'd like it to be. And I think that's one of the messages here: Life throws curve balls at you. It is up to you to decide how you want to swing.
In past novels, Mead only touched briefly on the Vampire monarchy and politics. In Shadow Kiss, she dives deep and lets us examine Queen Tatiana and her own desires and motives for Princess Lissa, who, I think, will be a pawn in future political maneuverings. She gives us more of Adrian and his exploration of Spirit, which brings him to the Academy, even though he's a little older. She allows us to grieve with her characters for Mason, a kind-hearted, brave novice Guardian who was tragically murdered in Frostbite.
Most of all, she invests us in her characters and makes us want to read more. And that, my friends, makes a good book. (less)