A good, solid story. Everything in the book was good, though a few scenes are pretty heartbreaking. However, I had one issue with 'The Fallen: Raziel.A good, solid story. Everything in the book was good, though a few scenes are pretty heartbreaking. However, I had one issue with 'The Fallen: Raziel.' The book flips between the POV of Raziel and his HEA, Allie. Unfortunately, both of their POVs sound very similar, and I felt that even Raziel's voice was feminine.
My star breakdown:
3 Stars for tone of book 4 Stars for plot 3.5 Stars for clarity
A good book, but a few aspects of it could be worked on a bit more. I will probably read the next book in the series when it comes out....more
A sweet, fun read. Yes, some parts of the story were a bit hokey, but I found myself enjoying the book so much that I really didn't mind. I'd recommenA sweet, fun read. Yes, some parts of the story were a bit hokey, but I found myself enjoying the book so much that I really didn't mind. I'd recommend this as a fun beach read. :)...more
A fun, easy read, though unrealistic as can be. I think I read this in my freshman year of high school, since it involved 2 of my favorite literary meA fun, easy read, though unrealistic as can be. I think I read this in my freshman year of high school, since it involved 2 of my favorite literary men....more
The BEST retelling of the Phantom of the Opera that there is! It covers Erik's life from birth until 17 years after his death. This book will foreverThe BEST retelling of the Phantom of the Opera that there is! It covers Erik's life from birth until 17 years after his death. This book will forever be on my Keeper shelf!...more
Bitter Frost is a good book and a great opening to the Frost series. I liked meeting Breena, Kian, and Logan, and I enjoyed learning about part of theBitter Frost is a good book and a great opening to the Frost series. I liked meeting Breena, Kian, and Logan, and I enjoyed learning about part of their journey in Feyland.
Breena is an average girl, but not in a way that would annoy the reader. She's smart, has an imagination, and she's definitely not helpless. She grows up very quickly on her 16th birthday, after things happen that move the story along.
Kian is interesting, and I felt like he was less "real" than Breena or Logan. He's a fae prince, and when he first met Breena as a teenager, he was cold to her, then quickly grows fond of her until he loves her again (prior to the story taking place, they were betrothed). Kian's attitude changes felt a little false to me because it felt like he was flipping a coin to determine how he would act at certain points in the story.
Logan is more interesting to me, and I feel like he could be a better hero for Breena than Kian in many ways. First, Logan has grown up with Breena in the mortal realm. He's her best friend, so he knows her very well. However, he has a secret that Breena only learns after they arrive in Feyland. However, he never fails to be protective of his friend, and I think that's one of his best characteristics.
The plot of Bitter Frost is somewhat of a cliché because at the core of the story is the stereotypical love triangle. I do like the use of Feyland and the imagery-filled descriptions of it, which add to the story but don't overtake the plot at any time. I enjoy how brave Breena, Kian, and Logan are, and how it is apparent to older readers that they're reacting as people their age would. It gives the story more credibility and will help teen readers to feel involved with it.
Overall, I'd highly recommend this story for a YA crowd, especially teenaged readers. I think it's an easy, shorter read that will probably have teen girls swooning over Kian and Logan, which will cause them to want to read more.
Personally, I give the story 4 stars out of 5 for keeping me involved and entertained, as well as making me interested in the plights of the three lead characters....more
**spoiler alert** Ok, I'm going to begin by saying that the book only just arrived at my house (1/11/11), and was a total surprise to me to even get!**spoiler alert** Ok, I'm going to begin by saying that the book only just arrived at my house (1/11/11), and was a total surprise to me to even get! It's an ARC, and the book comes out at some point in the future. I'll actually write the review after I finish reading it! :)
About 1/3 of the way in, and LOVING it so far! Charley is an awesome heroine, and I have definitely connected with her. I also love how unique this book is, and I've already decided that I will be continuing to read this series when the rest of the books come out!
I finally finished 'First Grave on the Right' and WOW am I blown away! Some SPOILERS coming up....
The story revolves around our heroine, Charley Davidson, who is the grim reaper. She isn't the grim reaper we all think of, though. Instead, she just helps souls to pass on. It just gets a bit more complicated when those souls are from people who have been murdered.
Charley being the grim reaper is perfectly centered in this book. It's a mixed genre book, with elements of mystery, fantasy, and romance. Charley spends most of the book trying to solve the murders of three lawyers and figure out what the 'big bad' is that's following her, as well as trying to save Reyes's physical form. (He's an entity who has been around Charley her entire life, and she's in love with him.)
Reyes is sexy, even though Charley rarely sees him physically. When we find out that he's been protecting her since she was a child, it's sweet and yet a bit spooky.
Anyways, I did notice that there were a few minor grammatical and spelling errors in my ARC copy, but they're not horrible, and certainly easy to pass over while reading. They don't hurt the coherence of the story at all.
All in all, I give this book 4.5 stars, and I truly cannot wait to read more of the series as it becomes available!
Update: After reading several more books over the past year, I revisited First Grave and loved it even more the (ok, honestly I've lost count of my skim-throughs and rereads) nth time around! If you haven't read this yet, DO SO and then continue with the rest of the series!...more