Maggie Stiefvater's books are like super frosty chocolate milkshakes on a steamy summer day. One sip and you want to devour the entire thing in one puMaggie Stiefvater's books are like super frosty chocolate milkshakes on a steamy summer day. One sip and you want to devour the entire thing in one pull-- but you know better, because that would just leave you with an empty glass, a sugar high, and regret that you didn't savor it more. Instead you have to pour over it in small amounts, you drink in all fantastic writing and the characters and the ingenous storyline, because this is it--- this is Forever, this is the end. This is Mercy Falls' last milkshake, and while it's as epically delicious as the others, it's over too soon.
*First off, can I just say I shed some serious tears over Cole? In Linger, there was a lot of him flashing back to NARKOTIKA, back to his past, and him just thinking and wallowing, but here in Forever, he does things. He finds his purpose. I almost came to love him and his love affair with Isabel more than Sam and Grace (GASP! I KNOW!). Oh, Isabel. I have always been a serious, serious fan of Isabel. Perhaps because I would love to be as snarky and witty as her, perhaps not. I'd take my family over her screwed up one any day, thank you. But I was so glad to see her finally collecting the dots to herself as well, if not as easily and not as fine-tune and concrete as Cole. May they be snarky and witty and happy together forever :)
I feel like this book was a lot more DOING and less of the characters spending their subchapters reliving a memory or angsting about something. I loved that this one is the fastest moving one. And I WAS sort of looking forward to investigating about the rumored "Sam and Grace commmitting joint suicide," even though Maggie denied the rumor long before the book came out. The ending was a non-perfect solution to the pack's problems, with hope for more help in future. All-in-all, fantastic. Then again, what else would you expect from Ms. Stiefvater? Anything less than something that makes you utterly speakless and need adult diapers for a few days while you get over the shock of sheer awesomeness is simply not in her realm of possibility.
I only made it 100 or so pages in. Granted, had I actually bought the book instead of borrowed it from the library, I mightAbandon ship! Abandon ship!
I only made it 100 or so pages in. Granted, had I actually bought the book instead of borrowed it from the library, I might have stuck it out a little longer. However, I don't think it would have gotten much better....more
By far the best in the series! The silliness of Zara is still there, but toned down as she starts maturing more and more through all sorts of trips arBy far the best in the series! The silliness of Zara is still there, but toned down as she starts maturing more and more through all sorts of trips around the world, wounds, losses, and, of course, the eternal quest to save Nick from Valhalla... ...more
Pooooooooooop. It wasn't as good as the first one. :(((
Evie wasn't as cheeky, Lend wasn't there 3/4 the time, and I'm totally over all the Faerie crapPooooooooooop. It wasn't as good as the first one. :(((
Evie wasn't as cheeky, Lend wasn't there 3/4 the time, and I'm totally over all the Faerie crap. Evie lies about everything and goes behind everybodies back, then complains about her angst-ridden life. Oh, what's a sad, poor, unloved teenager to do? Buck up, little camper. Stop lying.
Where's the snark and uniqueness of Paranormalcy? Bleep, I missed it. Badly. ...more
So, typically I'm not a zombie apocolypse fan in the least, but when I saw the cover of this, and saw that Allison Hewitt is trapped in A BOOKSTORE...So, typically I'm not a zombie apocolypse fan in the least, but when I saw the cover of this, and saw that Allison Hewitt is trapped in A BOOKSTORE... had to read. And actually? I really, really liked it! It's written as Allison's blog during the beginnings of the Zombie Apocolypse, and is highly entertaining. The book swore like a drunken high schooler, but aside from that, I thought it was excellent....more
Firelight= Angst-a-plenty. Once I finished it, I realized I enjoyed it, but for the first 2/3, I was feeling pretty depressed. Jacinda's life sucks. HFirelight= Angst-a-plenty. Once I finished it, I realized I enjoyed it, but for the first 2/3, I was feeling pretty depressed. Jacinda's life sucks. Her mom is trying to kill the draki--- dragon--- inside of her, her twin sister hates her and has a major inferiority complex (although no one can really blame her), and she's in love with a boy who's family hunts her kind. There seems to be no options for Jacinda, no release, and it's pretty depressing. The makeout scenes that do pop up between her and Will are brief but finally do add some positive energy to the story... until jacinda starts freaking out, flip-flopping between her all-consuming love for the hunter, and her need to protect her family and her race's secret. It gets tiring after a while. Once Will finally figures it out, the plot freshens up and turns into great reading--- I just wish the angst hadn't lasted so long.
I really enjoyed the character of Will. (Although I wish we could have learned of his secrets earlier! Great twists, and I'm excited to see how they eventually play out!) It was a refreshing break from the bad-boy type that seems to plague the love-interests of popular YA these days, and I loved the confidence he exuded when he came after Jacinda again and again.
Sophie Jordan was able to create a deep, mature love between this unlikely pair that wasn't cheesy, and seemed real and lasting--- something that stretches beyond regular high-school relationships, something that everyone tries to write, but few succeed. I applaud Sophie Jordan for that!
I hope in the next book(s), we find the angst take a backburner, and the amazing potential of a unique, refreshing story florishes and breaks through....more
So, while my copy of Summer was coming in the mail, I quickly re-read Arizona to catch myself up. And I found that while I absolutely love these booksSo, while my copy of Summer was coming in the mail, I quickly re-read Arizona to catch myself up. And I found that while I absolutely love these books when I first read them, rereading them it's as great. Maybe because I already know the mystery, so it's not as entertaining and I'm not enthralled, or maybe because the writing isn't very good...
But when I finally did read Summer last night, I couldn't put it down! These books, while still dealing with the popular Paranormal romance stuff, are done in a unique way. I like the combination of mystery and paranormalcy, even as I want to beat sense into Darina.
The twist and turns were more exciting, and more intense, than I anticipated, and I was quite pleased. The ending was hurried, however, and I wished we could have seen more of Summer's reconciliation with it all. I hope she's at peace... you don't really get a clear understanding (or maybe I read it too fast).
And is it just me, or is Eden Maguire's writing getting better with each book? Good for her....more
I found I really enjoyed Beautiful Dead: Arizona. Eden Maguire threw in characters and relationships and twists I had definitely not expected, but wasI found I really enjoyed Beautiful Dead: Arizona. Eden Maguire threw in characters and relationships and twists I had definitely not expected, but was totally pleased with. Arizona’s story was definitely creative on Maguire’s part. Totally saddening, but definitely creative.
I’m really hoping Maguire can keep it up, cause there’s at least another two books to go. Unless Darina helps Hunter in the end in a fifth book… Which causes me to wonder: will Darina help Hunter? And what if, if she DOES help Hunter, will he somehow make a trade and let Phoenix stay with her while he (Hunter) crosses over from the far side?
Cause we all know this is going to end badly. But will Maguire let it?...more