One of the most fluffy books I've read so far...but..suprisingly cute. Not sure if I'd put it as young adult since it was pretty innocent. I'll...more4 stars
One of the most fluffy books I've read so far...but..suprisingly cute. Not sure if I'd put it as young adult since it was pretty innocent. I'll elaborate more once I write this one up today. But I'm shocked that I actually liked this.
Uhhhmmm yeah that was me after I finished this....big suprise?
I honestly don't know WHY I loved this book more then the average having read...more4.5 Stars
Uhhhmmm yeah that was me after I finished this....big suprise?
I honestly don't know WHY I loved this book more then the average having read dystopian novels lately back to back since the Hunger Games is coming out. It's all the "rage" now. If you haven't noticed, I've been kind of absent from good reads for awhile yet and from reading, so after having finished the Ugly series, Divergent, started on Delerium, and others my kindle decided to ping me this book as a "recommendation". Thank you Betsy (my kindle has a name yes) Honestly, I hadn't heard of anything good that came out and this was on sale so I thought what the heck. Sometimes things suprise you.
I'm actually suprised that I enjoyed it. The beginning is VERY slow, the idea of "realms" has been used before, there is nothing particularly that is UNIQUE about this story other then the Aether. But once you get past Aria's stubborn naive attitude and the beginning chapters of boringness, the story DOES pick up. Especially when mentioning the CROWEN? Cannibals that wear bird like masks. The Borderlands. Imagine yourself living a sheltered life and thrust into the "unknown". Hey, you'd probably be a little bit of a brat yourself!
Aria wasn't my favorite character. I felt something more for Perry & Roar and wish their was more elaboration on their backstory more. I'm excited to find out for book two since it ended so unfairly. It's one of those reads that you either love it or hate it. Don't you just HATE those? It's a personal opinion one. I think I was more drawn to the whole "forbidden love" or love that you know it will end part. I get so sick lately of the 2 guys fighting over a girl's affection (TEAM JACOB!! WOOT!11) or the edward & bella fantasy. Sometimes relationships DONT last, and maybe I'd like to see more of that in books. Reality sucks I guess that's why we turn to books but it also taught me that loving in the moment is not wrong either. And that even when its over, hey well it hurts but atleast you loved right?
Or atleast that what it WANTS you to think...heheh. The love story atleast doesn't make me barf. Point being its a personal opinion. Love it or hate it. I definately enjoyed this one!
This one truely has left me stumped and in the dust. If I ever become an author, I know that I'm going to get torn apart by my reviews of cert...more4 stars
This one truely has left me stumped and in the dust. If I ever become an author, I know that I'm going to get torn apart by my reviews of certain books. Lately, I've fallen into a certain slump of bashing novels because I seriously must have read atleast ten books in a row that was either boring, poorly written, or just straight bad. I almost just wanted to take a break from reading (Sacrilege I know right?) but I got this book for $7.99 at Walmart because sometimes I like to take a break from the innocence that you see from most young adult paranormal books. If anyone knows me well, it's that I'm NOT fond of romance novels infact I can count how many I've read on my hands but I will still read anything in hopes of it surpasing my expectations.
Let me tell you, Dark Peril DID suprise me. It had a lot of the stereotypical things but then again it IS suppose to be based on romance. For those of my YA friends let me brief you a little on the storyline. First,You don't need to read book #1 or any of the others to get the storyline! It is #22 but each book is its own short story based in the same world so dont worry!.
Dominic Dragonseeker is a Carpathian. What is a Carpathian? Hard to describe what exactly they are. They are beings that can heal fast, Immortal as in live forever but can die, need to drink blood to heal but can't drink too much or they turn Vampire, can stand in the sun but it irritates their skin, can shape shift into any animal, can fly, and sleep underground in dirt during day. To become a carpathian, you must drink their blood and then share yours. Sooo, in a way they are like a shapeshifting god-like vampire but not. Vampires ARE a part of the story, and they are people that have "Turned" and are much like the traditional evil vamps no edward cullens in this world but with evil magical powers? Like most romance novels (Draicon series), they have "life mates" that are their mate for life. They will be drawn together and if seperated will be miserable unless they perform this "bonding" ceremony. So in a way it's another arranged marriage/fate crap that I usually despise with a vengeance.
But with how short the story is and everything going on, it kind of works. Now Dominic and Solange have been meeting in their dreams for awhile, thinking they have dreamed up their "imaginary solemate" so get to know eachother's secrets quite quickly. Solange is a jaguar-woman a woman who can shift into a jaguar, one of the last of her kinds. The men fearing extinctions have beaten and raped the women to produce "cubs", Solange's father Broderick is the tyrant who is in charge of all the jaguar-people. He's been driven mad with lust and power, and kills any females who cannot make the shift (halflings). He kills her entire family, and now Solange seeks her revenge planning on dying in the end to avenge her family. Sickly, Broderick wants to keep her to produce a heir. Gross.
Dominic is also on a "suicide" mission, he is lonely and tired of living centuries with himself. He does not see the world in color, only hearing your lifemate's voice can awaken colors & emotions. There is a clan of vampires that is ingesting parasites so they can tell who has joined in their plot of destroying the Carpathians & their prince. Dominic ingests the parasites which will eventually kill him if he does not make the change (to vampire which he intends not too) and plans on killing the vampires dieing in the process. He wants to go to the "underworld" to find his soul mate.
Well, I'm sure you can guess the rest of the story. Dominic & Solange are indeed soulmates and discover this later on and their stories connect in an interesting way. There is more action in this book then I ever thought possible for an adult romance paranormal book. Not to mention the two sex scenes that will make you blush the shade of a fire truck.
There are so many things that I could pick apart such as Carpathians flying, the romance happening too fast, the parasites...yuck. If you read my status update there was a scene where he shoots the parasites out from his pores, TMI anyone? There were some parts that made me laugh. But overall I found myself enjoying it. How sick the jaguar-men were and even the romance between Dom & Solange grew on me. One thing that I cannot STAND right now with popular YA novels thats all the rage, its the damsel-in-distress syndrome. Solange IS a warrior and he loves her for it. BUT she also has a feminine side to her that he helps her accept as well. You can be a lady and still kick butt too. Dominic trusts her in battle, and while he worries sometimes, he assures her its because he cares about her. He doesn't second guess her abilities or send her out of battle so easily. There is actually a scene where one carpathian tells her to leave it's not a place for a woman, and he argues shes my lifemate and she can stay. Solange can also pick and choose her battles. Seriously? How nice is that! Uh oh, You got competition Rose Hathaway.
I love how they are both such strong characters that it upped my rating a star. Now if only Hush Hush or Mara Dryer had been like this and we wouldn't have had a problem! Christine Feehan is definately now listed as my favorite ROMANCE novel author. Who knows I think I might be checking out #23 very soon. It was a nice change of pace and I DEFINATELY recommend this book if your looking for something new and out of your category, it's a deal-breaker.
I read this a LONG time ago when I was younger and I remember I really liked it. I don't actually remember most of it just that I found it enjoyable....moreI read this a LONG time ago when I was younger and I remember I really liked it. I don't actually remember most of it just that I found it enjoyable. Who knows though my tastes are different but I decided to give it a 4 star rating anyway :)(less)
"I know that we are young and I know that you may love me. But I just can't be like this anymore, Alejandro." Lady Gaga
This is what I get for setting my hopes up too high before ever starting to read a book. You are setting yourself for failure I tell you. Now there were acouple things I adored in "GOFAT" (Teehee!) that I can list. The world. Humberto. Elisa's "Imperfections". Alejandro's son, Rosario. Lord Hector. Those were great features that actually made me add the .5 in there. However everything else just didn't appeal to me. I'll explain why. I actually loved reading about Elisa's wedding. Her first meetings with Alejandro. How nervous and insecure she felt were understandable. I didn't like how it portrayed just because shes fat, all she thinks about is coconut scones and stuffing her face with food to make herself feel better. But I loved the fact that they made a hero that was not gorgeous and without weakness. We have a lot of those and while they are great (Rose Hathaway) they are not as realistic as Elisa in most parts. I love how she grows stronger through out her journeys in the desert. How quickly she accepts her fate as leader and the fact that when this happens she realizes a few things about her husband (jerkface). I didn't care for Alejandro at all although the ending of the story I hated him a BIT less. It shows people have the ability to change. I didn't like how just because she undergoes a physical change she suddenly found all this new confidence and suddenly everyone wants her? Ugly duckling anyone? Its funny because at the beginning of the story I thought she would be with Lord Hector. I think he saw her for who she was like Humberto and even the King noticed that. Can't wait to see how that relationship develops. OH Humberto...I can't even get into that. What she did to him shall never be forgiven. It was like what happened to Finnick in hunger games where I'm sure many people share my pain. He was one of the only reasons that kept me reading. Besides those two, the only other character I liked was Rosario. He also saw Elisa for who she truely was and the only person that recognized her. Besides I kinda felt bad for him. He was a spoiled brat correct, but only because people never really gave him much respect or attention. It's strange because I usually don't like little kids in fantasy stories. Also the world was really creative. The Amnimagi? Or sorcerers were very cool. The battle. However, most of the reason why I made my rating SO low was how the story was written. I hate when authors try and make their writing like Lord of the Rings style. It doesn't make you elegant, it just puts them to sleep. Eragon has long travels through its pages but it does it in a way that is tasteful adding enough in there that keeps the reader still tuned in. I felt like half of GOFAT I was lulling to sleep and occasionally got a slap across my face that woke me up. There was also the GODSTONE. Not only is it wierd that god shines a light down and puts a diamond into your belly button but he talks? with you through it. It turns cold when in danger and warm when he's happy. W...T.....F.
Pretty much explains your reaction to it. I'm not religious what so ever so maybe that has a big part in it. In alot of cases when Elisa gets in trouble, she prays. For it is "gods will" that she do great things. Not simply because she wants too. It left me very uncomfortable with god being talked about obsessively in this book. There was also the whole stone-in-my-belly-button thing where people wanted to steal her stone for power? It reminded me of Wings where faeries were plants and she grew a flower out of her back. Just really freakin wierd. Again there were things that I liked about it and that I hated. So I feel pretty good with my rating. I recommend it for people who are highly religious or like really wierd fantasy books. But it had so much more potential. For those who want to read it just because Veronica Roth reviewed it I have to say this. It doesn't even come close to Divergent. Rating: