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)
Blood Promise keeps the pace of the first three books very well. In it, we find Rose having left the Academy and striking out on her own in Russia...s...moreBlood Promise keeps the pace of the first three books very well. In it, we find Rose having left the Academy and striking out on her own in Russia...specifically, Siberia, Dimitri's home country. She's on a mission to find him and release him from his "undeadness," something she battles with herself over, because she's not sure she can do it. Lissa has her own war to wage - without even knowing it - back home, with the introduction of new faces, as well as old, to keep her on her toes. Only this time, it's different: she doesn't have Rose for protection. I still find her to be a weak character, but I'm a little unsure I am giving her a fair chance. I wonder if Mead wrote her to be weak to offset Rose's personality. Or maybe she's not weak at all, and we'll see more of her strength in the next two books as she learns more about Spirit. It's still hard to say. But my opinion on her strength of character doesn't detract from the wonderful story at all, especially when there are other characters who carry the book so incredibly well. I have continued to ADORE Adrian...his character can be so charming and flamboyant, and yet at the same time, he's deep and serious. I think if Rose didn't love Dimitri so much, Adrian would be the perfect match for her. Heck, maybe he is anyway! Rose also meets new faces in new places, battles continual internal conflict and we get to watch her grow even more than in the previous novels. I won't spoil anything here, because whom she meets and where are a major plot-line in the story, but suffice to say, it was a great plot-line and I hope it continues. Richelle Mead continues to write an excellent story, filled with rich characters and places and I can't wait to read the next. (less)
It’s hard to say if I liked Burning the Map or not. One one hand, I identified with the characters; on the other, they sort of annoyed me and I never...moreIt’s hard to say if I liked Burning the Map or not. One one hand, I identified with the characters; on the other, they sort of annoyed me and I never really came around to liking the protagonist.
Casey Evers is one of those lucky post-post-grads who gets to take time off between grad school and Starting Real Life to poke around Europe while the rest of us slave away at Corporate America, eking out our livings so we can read about people like her. (I’m not bitter.) She’s on this fun jaunt with her two friends, Lindsey and Kat, to rekindle their sort-of crumbling friendship and maybe rediscover herself, too.
But (bitchy) girls will be (bitchy) girls and much of Burning the Map is really about jealousy and the inevitable fallout when you ditch your friends for a boy you meet in Rome (and/or Ios). I’m not saying I didn’t like it, because it was overall an interesting okay story, but much of the time was spent going over their same struggles time and again, and after a while, I was able to tune out of the audio and still know where in the story I was. It didn’t grab me and I really didn’t feel that intimate connection I love to have so much with characters.
The back-and-forth between Casey, Kat and Lindsey got old and fast because it was very repetitive. I found myself thinking that Lindsey was a giant hypocrite and Kat was kind of a whore (no, a slut – whores get paid), and yet both of them openly – and often – criticized Casey for even having feelings for someone other than her longtime boyfriend she isn’t even sure she wants. Bitches, please. Aren’t you her friend?
Speaking of the boys. Casey meets two. She spends a lot of time thinking and talking about the first one and I felt like as a reader, I was lead to believe that he was who she would end up with, or she would at least go after him. Which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, because more page time and character-building is dedicated to guy #2. Who I actually liked more, so maybe I’m biased. Nah, not me…
I was not a fan of the ending. I think it was a cop-out, because it ties up none of the loose ends Caldwell left dangling throughout the story. I know some authors do this to let readers imagine what comes next, but in chick lit, I don’t really think it’s necessary. I’m reading this because I want a real happily ever after, I want to know how things work out and in Burning the Map, I’m just left wondering what happens to Casey and if she really ever achieves that. I assume she does based on the way it ends, but I can’t really know. I only know she likes wine and cheese. WHO DOESN’T LIKE WINE AND CHEESE?
Overall, it’s not a terrible book. It’s not a great book. I think some readers will adore it and others may absolutely hate it if they are very character-driven.(less)
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)