Tempestuous is the final book in the Wondrous Strange trilogy. And boy did Livingston leave this series with a punch. After the devastation of losing the theatre because Sonny lost it when he thought she was dead, Kelley is distraught over what she had to do; break Sonny’s heart. Kelley is slowly growing into her power and trying to find out who wants Sonny’s. But things go downhill when someone is out killing the Lost Fae, Fae who fit in either the Otherworld or the mortal world. And worse, it could be Janus Guards who are getting the order and killing the innocent Fae. Not to mention the order could be coming from whoever poisoned and is trying to kill Kelley’s father, Auberon.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved that Livingston actually separated Kelley and Sonny for a bit. That way, they learned more about themselves before they could save one another. Kelley gets into her power more and seems to have grown more. And despite her beliefs, Sonny doesn’t go off the deep end. I liked that Sonny grew to like the Lost Fae. He was taught to hate them as well, but found out they were only defending themselves against him and the other guards. But besides our great main characters, the side characters were incredible. We got some new ones that we find have a connection to some of the Janus Guards. We also get more of our favorites; Bob, Tyff, and my favorite character, Fennyrs. I am praying that Livingston makes another series for him. He played a big role in this book and we find he isn’t the heartless smartass we have come to love, that he actually has feelings for Kelley too.
Livingston did such an amazing job incorporating Shakespeare in this book. All the questions we had from the first book were answered and still left me wanting more. The plot was great and this book was complete, but each character needs a story. Like I said, I hope Livingston doesn’t leave this world, there is still so much more to know. Sonny’s and Kelley’s story ended great, but what Livingston has created is complex enough to keep going for a while.
Also need to mention the ending in general. In a word; EPIC! We got everything we wanted and more. The twists and turns were incredible and two specifically had my mouth dropping to the floor. Again, Livingston’s writing is soooo complex. Instead of creating our main characters and a few side characters that you might not remember, the whole world she has made is so rich and memorable. You fall in love with all these characters and I can assure you that if you love Fenn, you will love him even more in the end.
Overall, this book tied up well. Everyone has grown in such a short period of time. We learn much about our great characters and we find new ones that are worth loving. This is such a great ending to a great trilogy. I can’t rave enough about the characters and the room for growth they all possess. If you are looking for a great YA series, I highly recommend this to you. Thank you Livingston and please come back to this world, it begs for more....more
I finished this just yesterday. I couldn't put it down even if I wanted to. Ilona Andrews, you have done it again. This series gets better and better I finished this just yesterday. I couldn't put it down even if I wanted to. Ilona Andrews, you have done it again. This series gets better and better. The adventures that Daniels and Curran go through every book are so incredible and imaginative, I am still scratching my head as to why this has not been made into a movie yet. This book starts off with Kate trying to get Derek out of a little bind. We soon find out this little issue is apart of a huge battle that can cut the city of Atlanta down to size. Our beloved Derek was trying his best to help a greedy and desperate girl escape the horrible life she chose. The girl, Livie, chose to be apart of a magical bunch of people because she wanted to be special. Unfortunately, it was more than she bargained for. She ended up working for a bunch of crazy, sadistic, stupid, and cannibalistic bunch who need to win an illegal tournament. The prize is something that puts all the of the Pack in jeopardy. Kate thinks Derek is a lovesick puppy at first, so she is not able to help Derek when he needs it. Derek fans, I do urge you to put sharp objects away immediately. Trust me, you will be as pissed as Kate was after things go down. I'm still pissed. I love how Andrews doesn't focus mainly on Kate, that we have a sense of all characters in the book. I love them all. I would love to see more of Raphael, he does crack me up. The story he told Kate about how his dad tried to impress his mom made me laugh so hard, there were tears coming out of my eyes. So again, the characters, the unimaginable action, the comedy, are perfect. We get to have more of Kate and Curran. Kate seems to hate him a little less this book around. We do get a hot scene, but they didn't touch the fire (thanks Derek). Seriously, if you have not read/started this series, what are you waiting for? Get it now. Why are you still reading? I said now. ...more
This is the first book of the Guild Hunters series. Fell in love with it very quickly. The characters are amazing especially Raphael. Raphael is definThis is the first book of the Guild Hunters series. Fell in love with it very quickly. The characters are amazing especially Raphael. Raphael is definitely one of the top male leads out there.I guarantee you'll get breathless once you read the first description of him *sighs*. This is a series that is worth reading....more
I haven't read Rachel Vincent's Werecats series yet. But I started this series through the short story I found on Amazon. From that point I knew I wouI haven't read Rachel Vincent's Werecats series yet. But I started this series through the short story I found on Amazon. From that point I knew I would be a fan. This story takes place after Kaylee is released from the psychward. She is obviously trying to be normal and not seen as the crazy chick. She really isn't crazy, but the things she sees makes her wish that she was. I loved this book so much, I plan on rereading when I am done with the series. I don't read a lot of YA, but this one really grabbed me. Highly recommended....more
**spoiler alert** The moment I finished Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3), I picked this up and started it. (Patting my back for buying this series all**spoiler alert** The moment I finished Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3), I picked this up and started it. (Patting my back for buying this series all at once, YAY!) But this one was definitely a favorite and that is a lot coming from me considering I think this whole series is top notch. This book we learn that Kate is an utter miracle. We learn that it is a miracle that she is not a psychopath. Seriously, this chick's family is beyond saving. To start off, she feels stood up by Curran who did not show up for her naked dinner. Then she finds that there is someone spreading panic and even worse, a plague, around town. They have the ability to chase away the shapeshifters (and in some cases, turn them loup), turn men against each other so they are beating the shit out of each other, but for some reason, leaves human women alone. Kate, as well as other cities, are scared shitless. But after one this shit storms, they found that a victim holds the secret on protecting against whoever these monsters are. After finally coming face to face with the person responsible, Kate finds out a family secret that she wishes she didn't know. That even though her father is the bastard to verse all bastards, his sister (Kate's aunt) is the bitch of all bitches. She is killing off people human and shapeshifters alike just to prove to the world the amount of godly power she possesses. From controlling two to three people at a time to giving them powers to do unimaginable things to everyone around her. Kate finds that she may not be able to defeat her aunt on her own. I loved that this book got more personal for Kate and that we find out more about her messed up family history. The monsters in each book freak me out, but these scared the crap out of me. One of them in particular did something that almost made me want to cry (you'll know once you read it). The comedy was there and I loved how Kate and Curran messed with each other. She melts his custom made weight bench and the door to his bimbo room. He returns the favor by super gluing her ass to a chair. They are finally together (Thank God!) and Curran doesn't care that her family is a bunch of psychopaths. More reasons to love Curran. I can't say it enough, this is such a fantastic series. Something for everyone (well not kids), but everyone else. This book doesn't lose any of the action and the twists. We also find that Jim is not the biggest tough guy we love, that he has a soft spot for someone, that I thought was actually impossible. So go out and get this series. I plan on rereading this a few time before Magic Slays (book #5) comes out May 31,2011! Too long people, too long!...more
This was my first anthology and I loved it. 3 of the 4 stories I would of loved as a whole book, especially J.R. Ward's Story of Son. This was the st This was my first anthology and I loved it. 3 of the 4 stories I would of loved as a whole book, especially J.R. Ward's Story of Son. This was the standout of this book, of course, it is J.R. Ward. Now there is no one from the BDB in this, but if you have read Lover Mine, you'll find that someone sounds familiar. The charcter "Michael" from this story has a striking resemblance to someone we just learned about in Lover Mine, so I am guessng we know who his father is. But this story deserved to be an entire book. The moment I finished the Story of Son story, I wanted to flip back and reread it over again. It is incredible!!! I just got into Kenyon and I loved her style and this story was no exception. I would have liked a little more action, but that is just me. But it was a great story. I just wanted more. Squires story is the reason this is not a perfect 5. I hated this story, it was utterly pointless. Everytime the plot is about to get a pick me up, something had already happened and we get nothing added to the plot. I kept waiting for something and all we get is that the main lead finds out the "ghost" that has scared the town is actually a vampire. They have a hot sex scene and that was pretty much the only part in this story that got some sort of reaction out of me. If you haven't read this book, I urge you to skip this, trust me, you aren't missing anything. The last one by Love was incredible. My very first experience with her work and I fell in love with Love. The characters we great (I do have a crush on Luther) and the plot was great. I did get the Blood Trinity book that is apart of this story. Can't wait to start it. Overall, 4 out of 5 is what I give this. Again, be cautious with Squires, it is the filler in this book, nothing more. Prepare fir the Ward though, man that was an amazing story! ...more
The Hunger Games is about a very brutal and sad dystopian world. Food has become very scarce in Panem (formerly North America). Panem is made up of 12 Districts and The Capitol (the government). After a major rebellion against The Capitol, they keep everyone in check. So The Capitol hosts a live TV show called The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games takes two tributes from all 12 Districts, a boy and a girl from ages 12-18. They dress them up, give them sponsors and televise them for the world to see. But most of all, they train them to fight. Twenty-four kids must go in and fight to the death. The last one standing gets money and food for the rest of their life. Unfortunately and fortunately, Katniss doesn’t make this easy.
I have finally started not one of the most talked about YA series, THE most talked about YA series. Now with all the buzz about the movie coming out, I knew I had to get on the ball and find out whether this movie will be worthy or not. It is, it soooooooooo is. This is one of the most amazing books I have read. Every time someone talked about it, they always have this look that said, “You don’t know just how good that is.” Now I get it. If you are not one of the millions of people that have read this already, I don’t know what the hell you are waiting for. I didn’t know what I was getting into with this book, but it exceeded my expectations and more.
Our main character, Katniss, is definitely going on my great heroines list. I absolutely loved Katniss. She was strong and smart. She lives with her mom and little sister Prim who she works hard to protect because her mother isn’t strong enough. Katniss sacrifices herself for her sister when she is called for the Games. She is scared out of her mind and hates everyone around her because they don’t care that soon, she will be dead. But she has been hunting and surviving for her family for so long, she might have a shot.
I loved all the other characters as well. I am definitely Team Peeta . Since we follow things from Katniss POV, there were times when you didn’t know when he was playing a game or not. But I have faith. I loved Cinna, Katniss stylist for the Games. He isn’t a main character, but he helped Katniss more in this book then I would have thought. I hope we get more from him in the future books. Same goes to Haymitch. He was a previous winner to the Hunger Games (the only surviving one from District 12) and they made him the mentor for District 12. Sadly, he is a rich drunk. I loved how when we dive a little deeper into the story, we can kind of get a taste as to why he is the way he is. It is truly depressing. And there are so many more, I wish I could talk about them all, but I’m afraid I won’t stop.
I love the way the story progresses. Once they are done with their training and getting sponsors, they are sent into the woods. It is from there this book really gets to you because from the second it starts, kids start dying. This book gets very intense the further it goes and I won’t even lie, I cried a couple of times. This book was a lot more graphic then I would have expected it to be and some people are against it, but I am not. It made it feel more realistic to me. They are not living in a nice world, they are fighting for their families and more so, their lives. Well, there were people like Katniss who had those noble reasons and there were kids that were just obsessed with winning. I love how Collins shows the difference between these characters when they are in the woods. Nonetheless, there were no rainbows and bunnies here people. This is a tough book.
Yet another awesome book that is hard to write about since it is so good. I have seen the trailer to the movie more times than I can count at this point. And I still get chills watching it. I pray Hollywood does this book justice. I hope it captures all the emotions I experienced when reading it. From the tears to that ending that had me screaming. The last few chapters will drive you over the edge, just didn’t expect that at all. The Hunger Games is so worth the hype even though the idea is very Battle Royale, I am not going to take anything away from this book. This is still a phenomenon that Hollywood should handle with care. And for those that must know, this is along the lines of Harry Potter, NOT Twilight. I need to let people know that, it is important. Seriously though, if this doesn’t end up as Movie of 2012, someone will pay....more