Ever since I found out about Styxx last year, I'd been dying to get my hands on it. Why, you ask? Well, because while I was a complete mess reading AcEver since I found out about Styxx last year, I'd been dying to get my hands on it. Why, you ask? Well, because while I was a complete mess reading Acheron and absolutely despised Styxx and his father, I was curious on how Sherrilyn Kenyon could possibly make me change my mind about that asshole. Seriously, he did despicable things to Acheron, playing a big role on making his life miserable. Boy, was I wrong. If possible, Styxx was even worse. Or better. Whatever floats your boat. In my opinion it was way more brutal and graphic than Acheron had been. But I could be wrong it's been a while since I read it. Nevertheless, I assure you that within a few pages you will be tearing up, and it just gets worse from there, I assure you. You see, I bought this book at a bookstore during a school field trip and managed to freak out at least three of my friends with how emotional I was getting over the book. Seriously, no kidding. But, see, that's what I love about Sherrilyn Kenyon. She's a great woman with such vivid imagination that when she creates characters I think of it as creating another human being. So far most of her characters have felt so real to me, which is why Styxx got to me so much. It's really impossible to put the book down. Styxx starts during the twins' childhood just like Acheron and ends somewhere this year, but with a whole lot of added scenes in which you get to see the reality of Styxx's life, his innermost thoughts and everything he went through as a child and young man. I'm telling you, neither of them had it easy because as you may or may not know, they were separated at the age of seven and led completely different lives. VERY different. You come to realize that, unlike what we saw in Acheron, (if you've read the book, which I absolutely recommend) Styxx was far from a pampered Prince that was loved and cherished. Gods, that was far from the truth. Everyone misjudged him, betrayed him and never, ever showed him any kindness. His parents hated him, contrary to what Acheron and Ryssa thought. Styxx went through Hades a million times, suffering the worst of the worst. That is until he met Beth. Bethany was actually one of my favorite characters in the entire book. She saw Styxx for what he really was, a bashful, strong young man with an immense capability of love and loyalty... if only people let him in. Their relationship was truly beautiful, and it was very touching to see Styxx give her every part of him. Hell, he was even faithful, something which most men in the book weren't. Now, my second favorite was Galen, Styxx' mentor who trained him for battle. Even though they had a very rough relationship at the beginning, the old man eventually saw Styxx, the real him and came to see him as a son. This was also one of the things that tore at my heart, the way Styxx interacted with this man and how much he came to love and depend on him as if he was his real father. I could never thank him enough to helping Styxx and sticking to his side through everything. In a world where Styxx had to look over his shoulder all the time or suffer the consequences, which could have come from either Ryssa or his own mother due to the fact that they loathed him to the point of wanting him dead, he needed each and every one of his allies-- the few he had. But let's not turn this review into a dissertation or anything (which I could totally do, btw, because I don't get tired of talking about it), so let me finish this with telling you that you MUST read this book asap. Or if you're new to the amazing Dark-Hunter series, start with Fantasy Love. I believe there are about 23 books in the series if I'm not mistaken, but believe me when I tell you it's totally worth it. One of the best things about this series is that, if you want, you could read each book as a stand alone but I recommend you actually start from the beginning and work your way up. Kenyon is a master at world building and creating characters that you come to love/hate with how real, strong and unique each of them are--yes, that includes the villains and even the fickle gods. With every book, every new piece of information revealed about any character you come to know them even more, and either love them or hate them. However, things aren't by any means black and white. If you get anything out of this story should be this, and Acheron's advice that "there are three sides to every story: yours, theirs, and the truth somewhere in the middle." (I might have completely butchered it but I believe that's something close to what the books says.) So, don't be ashamed of any squealing that happens as you read the book and hear about a past character, it's totally normal. ;) And if you're a Dark-Hunter veteran, what are you waiting for? There ain't no time to waste, people! As Simi would say, you 'quality people' should get your hands on this book, but don't forget the Kleenex, because I guarantee you will shed tears. C'mon, cry me a river!
Sexual content, because I feel like this should be taken into account for those of you new to this, is graphic sex. Also, probably torture. ...more
I absolutely loved this book! I don't usually read horror but this ghost story was just too awesome to let it pass. I'd seen the book before at a bookI absolutely loved this book! I don't usually read horror but this ghost story was just too awesome to let it pass. I'd seen the book before at a book fair I believe but I didn't pick it up right away until I read a review and it was highly praised. They were right. Alex is a kick-ass character that doesn't give a damn what others think and she definitely doesn't need boy problems, but she still begins to fall for Carter. However, the story is not centered on her romance with this hottie, it's mostly about the possession of her little sisters Kasey by an evil spirit that haunts the house, but most importantly, the dolls Kasey collects. Kasey becomes violent and causes an accident that could have resulted in someone dying, which is when Alex finally admits that there's something seriously wrong going on. I read the book late at night and I found myself a teeny bit scared... who I'm I kidding, I was plenty scared. It was just so fabulous! I loved the writing too. ...more
First of all, The apple in the cover is so ironic since wouldn't that be the correct thing you would offer a teacher? An apple to say that you appreciFirst of all, The apple in the cover is so ironic since wouldn't that be the correct thing you would offer a teacher? An apple to say that you appreciate them teaching you. Yet it is also the symbol of the forbidden fruit in Adam and Eve's sin. Hmm ,just think about that for a second. This book was heart pounding at times and sweet at others. But it was most definitely charged with sexual tension. You could feel the chemistry between Eden and Mr.Christian. I don't know how the others couldn't feel it sizzling in the air. I mean, come on, you got to admit that you have had a crush on at least one of your teachers before. Eden the protagonist in this book is a rich girl who has it all, friends and a boyfriend who seems to love her. But all that becomes childish when she meets her new choir teacher, Mr. Christian. The instant they meet sparks fly and from then on it's impossible for them to stay apart. Eden begins to like him more and more as time goes on and she gets to know him better. This book was so good because it kept you one the edge of your seat thinking, "When are they going to hook up?" and then "Oh man!." The whole book revolved around Mr. Christian and Eden as they struggled to have a relationship even though it's forbidden because she's his student. It was one of the sexiest books I've ever read without the sex part. That's exactly what keeps you reading the book. It's sweet and just perfect. Now, the music. Oh, the classical music. Who doesn't like a guy with good taste in music and magic hands? Uh? Ahem. Yeah. That's what I loved the most about Mr. Christian, his sweetness, good manners and passion for Music, not to mention the fact that his love for Eden was naive. He was the perfect man, yeah, a man and not a boy, which is the only thing Eden knows. So, what are you waiting for? Do you need more to go to the store and buy the book or something? Have I not given you enough reasons yet? Love. Sexual tension. Sweetness. And amazing music! Not to mention a man worth putting make up on! Swoon. :D ...more
Awesime kissing scene! Magnus and Alec have become my favorite couple in the whole world. They are so very interesting and I'm always looking forwardAwesime kissing scene! Magnus and Alec have become my favorite couple in the whole world. They are so very interesting and I'm always looking forward to seeing them interact in the Mortal Instruments books. I absolutely love Magnus! Oh, how I wish he didn't play for the other team. (sigh) Anyhow, that's what makes up his character. Still, he's the coolest guy ever!...more
This book was awesome!!! I loved the fact that Ms. Clare put not only Jace and Clary to narrate the story but also Simon! Like always, it was in 3rd PThis book was awesome!!! I loved the fact that Ms. Clare put not only Jace and Clary to narrate the story but also Simon! Like always, it was in 3rd POV, but it was still awesome! It was charged with action, romance and even more mystery! I loved this action-packed, Romantic take. Not to mention out favorite Warlock, Magnus Bane, came in once again to save the day! I'm always happy when he comes in. I think I have a crush on him. (Swoon) Too bad he plays for the other team. (Sigh) Anyhow, this book was really good. And the CLIFFHANGER ins the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers! Augh! I can't wait for the next book. ...more
The fist issue was such a teaser! I wanted more and more. The graphics were awesome and they portrayed the story flawlessly. Eugenie looked almost likThe fist issue was such a teaser! I wanted more and more. The graphics were awesome and they portrayed the story flawlessly. Eugenie looked almost like a portrayed her in my imagination and let's not get into how Kiyo looked! I look forward to reading the next one soon because I want to see the rest of the characters and the plot. For a first issue this one was an amazing hook that leaves you thirsting for more. ...more
I thought this book would be good. So I started reading it. I got bored. Then I began reading again and was hooked! It really wasn't that boring. It wI thought this book would be good. So I started reading it. I got bored. Then I began reading again and was hooked! It really wasn't that boring. It was good! I've always loved Meg Cabbot's books (specially her Mediator series) and this didn't disappoint. ...more