I heart Caitlin Kittredge, she isn’t afraid to go for it and just get dark and gritty. Bone Gods is the perfect example of this. In fact, the entire B...moreI heart Caitlin Kittredge, she isn’t afraid to go for it and just get dark and gritty. Bone Gods is the perfect example of this. In fact, the entire Black London series is a perfect example of her darkness. Pete and Jack are not your typical Urban Fantasy duo. They swear, they drink, Jack did drugs, they’re dark and twisty and not in the way that Meredith is on Grey’s Anatomy, but in a sinister, scary way that involves magic and demons and death.
In Bone Gods, there is danger everywhere and I like that the singular story arc of the book helps flush out the overall arc of the series. It isn’t just there to have a nice story to wrap up at the end, it provides a purpose. We are introduced to new characters, some of which I am hoping aren’t just one offs, but are characters we will learn more about in later books. We are also introduced to Pete’s mom, who abandoned her at a young age. They always had a rocky relationship back when her mom was around, but now it’s worse. Not only is Pete bitter about the abandonment, she also can’t believe who her mom is spending time with.
I recommend this series completely, especially to anyone who loves UF, but wants something a little different. (less)
I read a lot of YA books and I can’t emphasize enough how much I love it when you can barely tell that the characters in the book are teenagers. Aside...moreI read a lot of YA books and I can’t emphasize enough how much I love it when you can barely tell that the characters in the book are teenagers. Aside from the high school setting and the occasional high school drama (bullies and prom choices), Unearthly is one of those YA books that is light on the teen angst. Clara is troubled by her purpose in life, not by being a teenager. She does find herself conflicted by the affection of two boys, but that is an age old story that is found in just about every book no matter the genre and is handled in a mature way in Unearthly.
The plot of the book is a slightly different take on something that is becoming very popular these days and it does tend to slightly follow the same pattern as other YA’s. I’m really not sure what it is about this book that made me stay up late to read it, since it does feel kind of familiar, but I found the book so enthralling that I couldn’t put it down and then immediately rushed to work and told my friend she had to read it.
I definitely plan on reading the rest of the books in the series as long as they don’t completely fall off from how good the first book was and I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes YA and angels. (less)
Caitlin Kittredge never disappoints me and even through a genre change (YA from Adult UF) she continues to keep me entertained. While the beginning of...moreCaitlin Kittredge never disappoints me and even through a genre change (YA from Adult UF) she continues to keep me entertained. While the beginning of this book was a little slow going, which is typical for new books in new worlds, the end totally made up for it. Kittredge did a great job building an interesting steampunk era world and creating characters that were just as flawed, but loveable as the characters in her adult books. I look forward to the next book in the series and everything else that Kittredge puts out.(less)
Oh how I love this series wish that it would never end, but sadly it has (at least for now). The Dark and Hollow Places picks up where Dead Tossed Wav...moreOh how I love this series wish that it would never end, but sadly it has (at least for now). The Dark and Hollow Places picks up where Dead Tossed Waves ended, but from the point of view of Annah, Gabry’s twin. Each of the books has had a different protagonist and each of them had a different longing, a different purpose. Annah seems so young and frail at first, but then as the book progresses she grows as a character and a woman. She isn’t just battling to survive against the zombies/Unconsecrated, but she is also trying to survive in a world where those who are supposed to be protecting her are instead so corrupt that they are almost more dangerous then the flesh hungry zombies.
I love that we got to know Annah alone before Gabry, Elias and Catcher were introduced. I love that we got to see Catcher again and although for a fleeting moment in Dead Tossed Waves I wanted him and Gabry together, I realized quickly that Elias and Gabry were perfect for each other and Annah was exactly what Catcher needed and vice versa. I am terribly sad that this is the end of the road for them, but hopeful that someday Carrie Ryan will revisit them. Until then I will definitely re-read these books often. (less)
I really enjoyed this collection of short stories based in the Black Jewels world. I’ve read every book in this series and have always loved Daemon. I...moreI really enjoyed this collection of short stories based in the Black Jewels world. I’ve read every book in this series and have always loved Daemon. I knew that eventually he and Jaenelle would have to be apart, he’s of the long lived races and she isn’t. She was going to die, it was only a matter of when. It makes me happy that even though Daemon and Jaenelle didn’t get a happily ever after, they did get the daughter that they always wanted and Daemon did learn to love again with a woman who was perfect for the job. I look forward to seeing what comes next in this series, whether we go back to before Jaenelle died or pick up where Twilight Dawn ended. Either way, I’ll be happy because I truly enjoy these characters and this world, even if sometimes I don’t completely understand what’s going on.(less)
I’ve said it once and I will say it again; I love dystopian novels. And Enclave is as good as they come. The world is a completely different place and...moreI’ve said it once and I will say it again; I love dystopian novels. And Enclave is as good as they come. The world is a completely different place and not just between now and when this book takes place. Even the desolate lives of the characters are different depending on where they live. The book starts out down below where Deuce (or Girl15 as she starts out as) has grown up. Then her world changes when she is cast out and set up above where she realizes that not everything she was told growing up is truly the case.
I am truly impressed by the world that Ann Aguirre has created and the characters she has living in this world. I cannot wait to read more to see where she takes them and how they survive in this devastated future. I love to question how I would survive in the same circumstances, just like I did with the Hunger Games trilogy, and I never can say whether I would be able to be as strong as Deuce (or Katniss), but then again I’ve grown up with certain comforts that they could only dream about. (less)
Divergent is another awesome installment in the dystopia/post apocalyptic genre uprising. I love these books and the way they make me think about what...moreDivergent is another awesome installment in the dystopia/post apocalyptic genre uprising. I love these books and the way they make me think about what it would be like to live in that kind of world. I read this book in three hours and then hated myself for finishing it so quickly because the next book doesn’t come out until next year. I loved Tris and her relationship with Four. There was plenty of action and character building in a world that obviously has its serious flaws. Although I hate comparing series to other series, if I had to compare this one to anything it would be very Hunger Games-esque without the love triangle. I love it and cannot wait for more.(less)
I am a huge fan of the Alex Craft series. In fact, I think that these books are nearly perfect, with my one gripe being fairly nitpicky. At some point...moreI am a huge fan of the Alex Craft series. In fact, I think that these books are nearly perfect, with my one gripe being fairly nitpicky. At some points I feel like there is a little too much explanation and maybe a little too much repetition. I know that Price has a lot that needs to be explained/fleshed out since Nekros City and the surrounding plains (including Faerie) are so complex, as are the rules and regulations of the magic that is used throughout the series, but sometimes, I wonder if there is too much going on; too many different organizations and things to remember. Despite all of that, when the action picks up, I barely notice that there are parts that might drag a little.
There are a lot of characters, most of which are returning characters from book 1, but we are introduced to more than a handful of new characters that I believe will be important to the remainder of the series. Sadly I can’t find any information on when book 3 in the series will be available, but I’m hoping the wait won’t be too long. The end of this book was awesome and I cannot wait to see what happens next and how all of the questions left open in the end are finally answered. (less)
Graveminder is a very interesting book. It reminds me of a cross between The Lottery and one of Kay Hooper’s books, which means it has a pretty high l...moreGraveminder is a very interesting book. It reminds me of a cross between The Lottery and one of Kay Hooper’s books, which means it has a pretty high level of creepiness. There is something going on in Claysville that people can’t talk about and that only certain people truly know about. Between the mystery of the town and the relationship between Rebekkah and Byron, there is a lot to try and figure out in this book. It is not entirely certain at the end of the book if there will be a sequel, but there is definitely more that could be explored. Can the town situation be changed? Will Rebekkah and Byron fall into town life and live the way their predecessors did or will they fight it? What is Alicia’s goal? I could go on with questions I would love to find out the answers to. Hopefully Melissa Marr will give the readers those answers and more.(less)
I wanna love this series. I want to think this series is the next great thing, but unfortunately I can’t. I like the plot and many of the characters (...moreI wanna love this series. I want to think this series is the next great thing, but unfortunately I can’t. I like the plot and many of the characters (although sometimes I wonder if there are too many). I like the setting and, for the most part, the voice of the protagonist Riley Poe. The problem with these books is that 300+ pages, only one third of them drive the story along with action and consequences. The rest are filled with the same drivel, descriptions of Riley and her friend’s clothes, her job, the mundane things she does and so many sex scenes, even I got bored with them. I want these books to be better, but I don’t think that will happen. But with that being said, I’ll probably check out book 3 from the library when it comes out and be just as disappointed with the redundancy and boring drivel that I have been with the first two books.(less)
The minute I read the description of this book, I knew I had to read it, but I was scared. I love Greek mythology so much and there are not enough wel...moreThe minute I read the description of this book, I knew I had to read it, but I was scared. I love Greek mythology so much and there are not enough well-written, riveting books that feature it. There are, however, a lot of books that have fallen flat and have failed to capture the magic of the myths. Starcrossed was not one of those books. First, the main characters are more or less based on two of my favorites in Greek mythology (not sure if that love came with my name or not, lol). Second, it was filled with magic and tragedy, love and life or death decisions and incredible characters that I found easy to relate to and like. I devoured the book in 3 hours and immediately wanted to read it again and again. It will be difficult to wait until May 2012 for the next book in the series, but I won’t hesitate to pick it up the day it comes out. Although I checked Starcrossed out from the library, this is definitely a series I won’t hesitate to put on my shelves and budget for like I do for some of my favorite authors, like Richelle Mead and Vicki Pettersson.
One last thing that truly fascinated me about this book is that it is written in 3rd person. I found that so refreshing, given that so many books in both YA and adult fiction is written in 1st person. As an aspiring writer, I have found it extremely daunting seeing so many books written in 1st person, since I prefer to write in 3rd person. It is so nice to see that someone else is keeping 3rd person alive until I get there. (less)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I love dystopian novels. I love when an author takes me to a world that used to be mine, but is so far remov...moreI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I love dystopian novels. I love when an author takes me to a world that used to be mine, but is so far removed that it’s almost difficult to recognize. I love being put into the shoes of the protagonists who have only ever known this messed up world, which in the case of Matched, is dictated by the Society down to when they eat, what they wear and who they marry. The Society even dictates at what age they die. It’s easy to say that I wouldn’t be able to live like that, but if it was all I ever knew, I would probably just sit there and let them tell me what to do. But I’d like to think that like Cassia, I would question authority and maybe even try to make a change.
The characters in Matched are very similar to those found in other YA dystopians, but that didn’t even register with me when I was reading the book. The plot is also similar to other YA dystopians, but that too didn’t register with me. I loved the flow of the book and Ally Condie’s writing. It was all very beautiful and heartbreaking at times. I just hope that book 2, Crossed, will continue on in the same way and that I won’t be able to put it down until every word has been read. (less)
I totally forgot that there was going to be a thank you to Team Kilt in the Acknowledgments. So awesome seeing my name at the end of such a great book...moreI totally forgot that there was going to be a thank you to Team Kilt in the Acknowledgments. So awesome seeing my name at the end of such a great book. I loved this series a ton. At times I think I wished it was more adult and less YA, but now I realize it wouldn't have worked any other way. This final book in the series was the best of the bunch and as my ratings show each book was better than the one before it.
This book upped the creepiness factor of the DMP and what they wanted from Zach and Aura. It upped the sweetness factor between Zach and Aura, who I knew were meant to be together from the minute they met. Heck, this book just upped everything. I hated that real life made me put the book down because once I started I didn't want to stop. This was everything I wanted in a finale. I'm sad that the series is over, but this was one of the most satisfying endings I've ever had the pleasure to read. I will definitely re-read this series and recommended it to all of my YA loving friends. (less)