I was hesitant on continuing with the series since the last book seemed to drag for me, but I am the type that has to finish the series. So glad I kep...moreI was hesitant on continuing with the series since the last book seemed to drag for me, but I am the type that has to finish the series. So glad I kept on reading This book has become my favorite in the series so far. You really get to learn more about Damon who is also the most intriguing character in the whole series. I just can't get enough of him. I love the fact that it is pretty much all just Damon and Elena their chemistry is so much more entertaining than Elena and Stefan. Elena and Damon seem more real to me than the sappy love story created around her and Stefan. I'm curious to see what the next book in the series brings due to the ending of this one which was hilarious enough to make me go buy the final installment to the series the week it comes out.
The reason I gave it a 4 and not 5 star is due to the fact that every so often the writer would take you back to Fells Church and what was going on with Matt,Caroline and Mrs. Flowers. It seemed out of place, one minute your so entrapped in what is going on between Damon and Elena and then you find yourself thrust back into Fells Church and what is going on with the sub par characters. I honestly found myself skimming through them just to get back to the mesmerizing Damon and his adventure with Elena.(less)
Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com The book continues where the first book of the series Fallen left off. Luce is whisked away to California and fo...moreReview from www.bookflame.blogspot.com The book continues where the first book of the series Fallen left off. Luce is whisked away to California and for her protection is enrolled to Shoreline a school for Nephilim's (half angels). We are introduced to some fresh faces, Jasmine, Dawn, Shelby,Miles,Steven, and Franseca. The angels and demons are still trying to kill Luce but we are also introduced to a new set of enemies the Outcasts, a group of very pale,blind, ragged winged,fallen angels who have aquired a very special weapon called the starshot that can kill angels.
There is more of Daniel and Luce, more unanswered questions, alot of fighting between the two due to Luce's frustration of being kept in the dark about everything. We also are introduced to a love triangle of sorts.It seems Luce starts to have feelings - not as strong as the feelings she has for Daniel but enough to where she allows another boy to kiss her. Luce also learns through her new friend Shelby that Daniel has not always been exclusive to her when she was not around which brings up more questions and doubts for her character.
Luce has discovered more about the shadows that have haunted her since she can remember. The announcers, as they are called Luce has learned that you can control them and that they can provide actual glimpses of the past and also a portal to the past and present. She utilizes the announcers and visits some of her former loved ones from her past lives who are still alive.She sees through the announcers that she had a "life" in all her past lives people who loved and cared for - whom she loved as well. This only made her more frustrated and filled her with more questions about her and Daniel and if all this was really meant to be. There was quite a lot of "what if's."
I loved Fallen and had high hopes for Torment but my hopes were crushed, not much but just enough to where I can't give this book an A+. The book seemed to move alot slower than the first and many parts just dragged. I did love the fact we got to see more of Daniels love for Luce, the heartbreaks,pain and frustration he has went through losing Luce time after time. I really felt sorry for him in Torment. I also grew to like Luce more. She loved Daniel but was not afraid to question if he really is the one? And the ending I loved it. It really made my love for Luce's character grow, she was not afraid to break free and find the answers that no one seemed to want to give to her. I can't wait for book three, Passion. I am eager to learn about the past lives of Luce all while Daniel still fights for her to bring her back to him. (less)
I can't believe I waited so long to read Clockwork Angel. Telling you that it is a captivating beyond breathtaking read barely expresses how much I fell in love with the world and the characters Cassandra Clare has created.
I would love to sit here and talk about every single character in the book since they all were remarkable in their own way but i'll just stick with the three main Tessa, Will and Jem.
I didn't know what to think of Tessa, but as the plot progressed not only did I learn she is a book lover but she is her own person. She does not sit back and just let things happen. She takes action and is not afraid to express herself.
Will, now he is a character I should dislike because of how harsh he is towards Tessa, but I can't help it I love him. We barely get a grasp of who and what he is about. I'm really eager to continue the series just to find out what happened in his past that has made him so "untouchable." The only person that gets through to him is Jem and of course now Tessa.
Jem, oh sweet Jem. I adore him. He is the complete opposite of Will. He is kind, humble, and not afraid to show Tessa he cares for her.
If someone asked me to pick between Will and Jem I would seriously be torn between the two. They are both amazing characters in their own way.
Clockwork Angel has definitely made my list of books to re-read. Usually I read a book - like it and then never pick it up again, but this is one of the rare ones where I will thrust myself into it's world over and over again.(less)
I finally got around to reading the hyped up Hush Hush and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. I'll be keeping this short since I'm sure this book has been reviewed to death by everyone.
I found Hush Hush to be a very quick read. A total page turner. It was creepy, dark and mysterious. Patch was cocky, arrogant - your everyday bad boy except he had an hidden agenda. Nora was a strong character but there were times where I just wanted to smack her upside her head and yell "Are you serious!"
The only character I really couldn't stand was Vee, at first she was likable until she became all googly eyes over Julian. And started becoming a horrible best friend to Nora by asking her to put herself in situations that she clearly said she was uncomfortable with.
Overall a fun read, and I'm getting ready to go order Crescendo so I can be ready for Silence when it comes out.(less)
There was such a big buzz about this book that even though I am not a sci-fi fan I picked this book up, and I am so glad I did. Across The Universe is so much more than just sci-fi,there is murder,mystery,suspense,and romance.
The two main characters are Amy and Elder. Amy who has been cryogenically frozen and is on a spaceship waiting to be awoken 300 years later on another planet. Than their is Elder born on the ship and next in line to become Eldest and lead the people on the ship.
The Godspeed is the ship where the whole entire plot takes place in. The Godspeed is built on lies and deceit. The people on board have been brainwashed,their are now mating seasons,everyone is mono-ethnic, and the elderly are killed off. So of course when they see Amy with her vibrant red hair she is the "freak" and thanks to Eldest the current leader on board everyone now thinks she was an experiment gone wrong and every word out of her mouth is a lie.
Amy's character was very real for how someone in her situation may react. She was confused,angry,scared,alone,and ostracized. Yet knowing there was a murderer on board who was determined to kill off all those that are defenseless and frozen in the lower levels of the ship she did whatever it took to make sure they were safe. Not to mention she was also determined to change all the wrongs on the ship that was just not normal.
Elder was an interesting character as well. I loved how his character grew throughout the story and how he finally grew a backbone and was able to stand up to Eldest.
Even though I was sucked into the book from the beginning there were parts where I thought it dragged.Mainly the dream scenes when Amy was still frozen, it felt like it was just fillers. But once Amy woke up the plot moved very fast and I was left in suspense the whole time while learning more about the Godspeed and the people on board.
There are some sexual scenes in the book including and almost gang rape so I don't recommend this for the younger teens.
I love how Across The Universe was wrapped up, I was satisfied with the ending and yet Beth Revis left enough of a cliffhanger where I can't wait to read the second book in the series.
After recently picking up Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel and falling madly in love with it, I picked up a copy of City of Bones the book that I have seen on bookshelves for the past few years and constantly passed up at BN. I can't say I fell in love with this one but I did find it an enjoyable read. Not something I finished in one sitting but still devoured it within a couple of days.
I love the urban fantasy genre and the world created by Clare was a very entertaining one to read about. The world building was of course on point and I could visualize everthing that I was reading. The dialoge flowed and characters seemed real enough, although I didn't find myself attached to any of the characters and I personally couldn't stand Simon.
What really made me upset was the ending the whole Jace-Clary-Valentine relationship took me a minute to take in and than I had to go and ask some of my other fellow blogger buddies if things changed later in the series because otherwise I would have stopped at book one.
Overall I did find this to be a fast read full of intense situations and filled with action packed pages. I did not find it to be what all they hype around it claimed but it still made for an interesting read and i'll be picking up the second book.(less)
Kate and her sister Georgia have just moved to Paris to live with their grandparents after the devastating death of their parents.
Kate is still coping with her parents death,deep in grief when one day she meets the sexy,mysterious Vincent.She gets wrapped up in his world and soon finds out he is an immortal. A Revenant to be exact, an immortal who once human, died saving someones life and instead of having eternal death he comes back to life with an overwhelming urge to constantly sacrifice him self to save the lives of others.
As Kate gets deeper into Vincents world she meets his "family" and learns there are more like him. She also learns they have enemies, the Numas, and eventually gets caught up in the middle of their feud.
I had high expectations for Die for Me maybe due to all the hype surrounding it but in the end the book did not sweep me off my feet. It felt way to familiar and at times I was bored because I felt I had read this before.
Kate's character has been done before. An insecure girl who thinks she was just plain jane and doesn't think that a guy as gorgeous as Vincent can ever be into someone as ordinary as her.I can't say I really liked Kate's character.She just lost her parents but her emotions just lacked the intensity that would make me sympathize for her. I also couldn't stand how she kept snooping around and putting her self in places where she didn't belong.And top that off with her insecurities she just wasn't my favorite person.
I also felt like I've met Vincent before as well. The sexy,mysterious,dangerous guy who hasn't loved since he was human which by the way was several decades ago.Than meets Kate and is drawn to her.As a Revenant he also doesn't sleep so he spends some nights watching Kate outside her window.
Although I did think the romance between Kate and Vincent was just a little too mushy,I did like the fact that Plum didn't have the characters fall in love the minute they laid eyes on each other. She actually had them date and get to know each other and slowly fall in love.
I did enjoy the fact that unlike most YA books, Kate actually had a family that was very much involved in her life. Her sister was an interesting character. The popular party girl who was dealing with the loss of her parents in her own way while constantly trying to involve Kate in everything. Then there were the grandparents, who were very nice but way to lenient and unrealistic. It's hard for me to imagine grandparents who would allow their under age grandkids to run around a foreign country all hours of the night and even allowing one of them to spend the night in a houseful of grown men.
There were two characters that I did love and would love to read more about, Jules and Charlotte. They were a breath of fresh air. I loved Jules for his friendly,outgoing,and humorous attitude. And Charlotte because of the depth in her character, I would love to learn more about her and her past.
I did enjoy the world Plum created with the Revenant's and the Numa. The concept of someone dying saving someone else and than coming back to life only to have a intensifying urge to sacrifice them self repeatedly to save ones life was interesting not to mention if you died killing someone that you could come back to life but instead of saving lives you would have the urge to bring people to their deaths.Very unique concept. I did love how Paris was the center of everything that was going on. Instead of Paris just being a pretty place to stage the plot of the story Amy Plum intertwined the past human lives of the Revenant's with Parisian history.
The action scene in the book didn't pick up until the last few chapters. Die for me mainly consisted of the relationship between Kate and Vincent,and Kate learning about the Revenant's in great detail.
I am interested to see what book two could possibly be about since Die for Me was wrapped up in a way that it could have been a stand alone novel.
Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com I am not going to lie when I tell you I strictly bought this book for its cover, so I could add it to my collec...more Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com I am not going to lie when I tell you I strictly bought this book for its cover, so I could add it to my collection of gorgeous book covers. Lucky for me not only is the cover beautiful but Falling Under turned out to be a horrifyingly beautiful YA paranormal romance.
The book started off with a burning man falling from the sky right outside Theia's house which raised my curiosity. And after that Hayes pretty much takes you on a roller coaster ride into a terrifyingly magical world.
I loved Falling Under, I think what really made me go from like to love was the fact that there is no love triangle, no werewolves,vampires,angels,faeries or zombies. Half the fun was figuring out what Haden was.
I loved how Theia's character grew throughout the story. And how her friends Amelia and Donny were also very well developed characters not just fillers like most YA books I've been reading lately. Haden was a blast, there was actually certain parts where I was creeped out by him and other times (his human side) where I just adored him and felt sorry for the guy.
There were a lot of dream sequences in the book which were very intense and hair raising and I loved every minute of it. Hayes did a wonderful job making sure everything connected and flowed together.
Gwen Hayes has created a very dark,suspenseful,edgy and amazingly captivating world in which I can not wait to immerse myself in again when book two to the series comes out next year. (less)
Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com The minute I heard about Angelfire I knew it had to be moved to the top of my TBR pile and I was not disappointe...moreReview from www.bookflame.blogspot.com The minute I heard about Angelfire I knew it had to be moved to the top of my TBR pile and I was not disappointed. I loved every minute of it. Moulton created a world full of the fallen,reapers and even glimpses of archangels. We are introduced to the heroine Ellie, a typical high school teenager with school problems,daddy issues,and boy problems,and all this before Will walks into her life where she learns that her soul is thousands of years old and she must fight and kill reapers who prey on human souls.
Ellie's character was very real,unlike most YA novels where the main heroine falls head over heels in love with the male protagonist upon setting her eyes on him and eats, breathes,and sleeps every word out his mouth I am glad to say that's not how it went between Will and Ellie. When Will told Ellie that she is the Preliator and that he is her guardian she has her suspicions and tells him to get lost.I also did find it literally funny, how during the midst of her world being turned upside-inside out she still had time to care about her makeup.
Ellie has a great relationship with her mom but not so much with her dad.Honestly i'm interested to see what Moulton has in store for her father. There were slight hints and clues that there is more to him than meets the eye.
Moulton did an awesome job with the action scenes. Ellie is one kick-ass full of heart type of girl.She is powerful beyond compare to anyone including Will. Unlike other YA novels Ellie can handle herself and she does not need anyone to fight for her.
Now lets move on to the heartthrob Will. I loved him. He has been Ellie's guardian for 500 years watching her die several times since he took over the role of her guardian.He has been deeply in love with Ellie for centuries and is angry that he can never save her. He knows she will be reborn again but that's just not enough for him. Will is sexy,loyal,and intense. He has a sense of humor that we get glimpses of and he can be anti-social at times.
One thing that was left unanswered through out most of the book right up until the end was that even though we are introduced to Ellie being the Preliator no one really knows how her existence came to be, not Ellie, not Will, No one. And when I finally did find out it was so unexpected that I went from liking to loving the book.
Moulton did leave us hanging on Will and Ellie's relationship. I am so mad that I have to wait till next year for more of Ellie and Will. The way the relationship between the two left off has me eagerly awaiting for book two of the series.
Kick-ass action scenes,strong protagonist heroine,reapers,and a very sexy love interest put together with a fast paced engaging plot made for a great read.
Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com There once lived a little girl,a beautiful little girl who wore fancy dresses, and had the most exotic green eye...moreReview from www.bookflame.blogspot.com There once lived a little girl,a beautiful little girl who wore fancy dresses, and had the most exotic green eyes that one may have ever seen.She came from the richest family and lived in the biggest house that was ever built in her small county. She lived in the country away from the townspeople but everyone loved the little blonde girl that they all came by to play with her everyday.
When she turned ten she received the most beautiful doll ever made for her birthday.She took it everywhere with her and even talked to the doll like it was human. Jealousy stirred amongst her friends because they never had anything as nice.
Jealousy is never a good thing. It made the other children do awful things to the little girl with the vivid green eyes.
Present day-15 year old Alexis Warren with her pink hair and outcast status has a sister named Kasey who is overly obsessed with creepy looking dolls.
Weird things start to happen in their home. Things that just can't be explained. And when Kasey starts to act even more strange then her usual weird self Alexis starts to think her sister is going mental.
Now enters Megan Wiley the nemesis to Alexis. She is popular,a cheerleader and undeniably beautiful who also gets to experience Alexis Warren's sisters behavior firsthand. Megan's theory is altogether different and it's not so much a theory if Megan also has a gift to sense "things".Kasey being crazy is the least of Alexis' problems.
I don't read to much horror but I did enjoy reading Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender.It was a mystery and horror combined in one and it kept me on the edge the whole time.There is just something about creepy antique doll ghost stories that gets under my skin and Bad Girls Don't Die had no problems creeping me out. I highly recommend this book, it was a fast read thanks to the interesting plot.
I'm also glad to say that there is a second book coming out called "From Bad to Cursed" in June 2011.(less)
2.5 stars Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com I was ready to fall in love with Beautiful Creatures after all the "you have to read it nows" I kept ge...more2.5 stars Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com I was ready to fall in love with Beautiful Creatures after all the "you have to read it nows" I kept getting and the continuous hype surrounding it. Instead sadly that was not the case for me. I really tried which is why even though I was ready to stop reading the book half way through I stuck to it and finished it, regardless of the fact that it took me close to two weeks to do so.
I really felt that Beautiful Creatures could have been easily cut down a couple hundred pages. There were lots of details that were pretty insignificant and thought it did nothing as far as moving the plot along. As far as the characters are concerned I didn't care for Ethan or Lena. I did not feel the supposed love between the two. Lena was just flat, I was more intrigued by her cousin Ridley. Ethan, well lets just say the narration sounded like it was from a females point of view. Which is maybe why the whole time I kept thinking gee Ethan and Lena can be best friends vs wow they are really meant for each other...etc.
What I did like was the uniqueness of the casters. I also like the fact that it was set in the south but having experienced living in the south myself for quite some time, I felt that the authors could have delved deeper about the south instead of just portraying the same old cliche.
Overall loved the concept of the casters but did not care much for the characters.(less)
From www.BookFlame.blogspot.com From the beginning Daniel searched for her. Every seventeen years he knew she would come back.But their love was doomed...moreFrom www.BookFlame.blogspot.com From the beginning Daniel searched for her. Every seventeen years he knew she would come back.But their love was doomed one kiss and she was gone.Dead. Only to be reborn again with no recollection of her past lives.She's been around for thousands of years.Reincarnating over and over again. Eventually Daniel stopped looking for her. She found him. The cycle still remained unbroken,he would lose her again and again. Him an immortal never forgetting and her a human never remembering.Always coming together only to be torn apart...until now.
17 year old Luce sees things that no one else can. Shadows. She never understood them therefore causing her to fear them, yet she went on with her life since it never got too close to her. Until the day a mysterious fire happened and it took a life. Ever since that night things changed, the people she knew looked her differently with fear, blame even her parents looked her with questioning eyes. She was sent away.
Her first day at Sword and Cross reform school she "met" a boy. Daniel stood out to her, maybe because he wasn't wearing the dress code with that red scarf he had on. Or maybe because when she gazed over at him he flipped her off. Daniel was distant,mean,yet almost enchanting to Luce. She just could not get enough of him. She wanted to know more about him.She felt that they had met before, yet no matter how many times he said they never met before she just didn't believe him.
Cam another key character in the book has eyes only for Luce as well. He is the complete opposite of Daniel.Yet whenever he gets Luce alone Daniel appears out of nowhere.I'm not going to give any spoilers but I truly loved the interaction between Cam and Daniel.Kate had me guessing for quite some time and had me thinking why is Luce infatuated with Daniel if there is this hot guy completely falling for her is she crazy! Daniel was rude to Luce on many occasions and I guess the woman in me was getting upset on how she would just keep chasing after him. When everything unraveled only then did I understand why Daniel acted the way he did and ended up in love with his character.
Fallen is a story of an age old battle. A battle that has been tested since the beginning of time. The fate of all eternal souls resting in the hands of star crossed lovers.
Lauren Kate took her time developing the characters which is why you can say the book started off a little slow. Fallen opens up with a prologue looking into one of Luce and Daniel's past encounters, than the first chapter thrusts you forward into present day Luce creating more of a mystery around her making you even more intrigued to know what happened in her past.
I love how she didn't give it all away and kept me guessing through the whole book all the way even to the end leaving many questions unanswered. I finished this book in a day and a half. (less)
Luce did a lot of time traveling, going back to her past selves to find out and learn more about everything that is going on and how to break the curse. Yet, I felt quite a few of the lives she visited were just fillers, neither she nor I the reader really learned anything. Most of the questions are still left unanswered.
There was a new antagonist in Passion, although I must admit even he was very predictable. I already figured out he was the bad guy the moment he appeared.
Overall the book didn't become interesting until the ending which left us with a cliffhanger. And yes I will be picking up Rapture when it comes out, just to see how everything turns out. (less)
4.5 Stars I really need to read more steampunk because I really enjoyed The Iron Thorn. Now it did take me a few chapters to get fully sucked into the...more4.5 Stars I really need to read more steampunk because I really enjoyed The Iron Thorn. Now it did take me a few chapters to get fully sucked into the story since I felt it started off a little slow but once things took off and all these crazy twists kept being thrown in and people not being who you think they are ... well I was totally invested in the book.
The romance scenes could have been done more better they were a little lackluster but the characters Aoife ( I still am not sure how to pronounce that), Dean and Cal were all very intriguing. I loved Dean because of how strong of a character he was and then there was Cal who is Aoife's best friend and was a total surprise in many ways. And then Aoife who was just as strong of a character as her male counterpart Dean. The girl had balls and was not afraid of a little adventure.
Overall the world building was done very well and quite unique. I found this to be an enjoyable read and will be picking up the next book soon. (less)
This book was good, it didn't live up to all the hype for me but I still liked it and am interested enough in the characters and their world to go...more3.5
This book was good, it didn't live up to all the hype for me but I still liked it and am interested enough in the characters and their world to go out and pick up Pandemonium the second book in the series. The beginning started off a little slow for me mainly because Oliver obviously took her time building up the society they live in and letting us in on every detail so we can understand it fully. Now the second half was much more fast paced and really grabbed my attention, especially those last few chapters, so much happened that I have to pick up the next book to see what happens next.
I really loved the concept of the book. The fact that they used love and made it to be a disease and then manipulated the people in their society with it in order to have control over them was pretty original. I did find the romance predictable but at the same time I expected it going in so that wasn't much of a disappointment.
As for the main characters, Lena didn't grow on me until the ending. For majority of the book I didn't really find her interesting at all but with the way the book ended I have a feeling I'm going to love the hell out of her character in the next book. As for Alex I really liked his character especially when we learned more about him and then that ending ... I need to know what happened to him, I don't think I realized how into his character I was until the end of the book.
If you haven't figured it out by my review the book ends with a heart-rending cliffhanger and I am so glad I waited to read this because there is no way I would have been able to wait a year to see what happens next. If you love Dystopian pick Delirium up, it was well worth the read. (less)
I've had Darkness Becomes Her sitting on my shelf for well over 8 months now and I finally picked it up and read it. I'm not sure why I didn't bother...moreI've had Darkness Becomes Her sitting on my shelf for well over 8 months now and I finally picked it up and read it. I'm not sure why I didn't bother reading this sooner but anyways I'm glad I finally read it, it had a lot of your typical YA cliches but there was a twist I didn't see coming which made my enjoyment factor go up a little more then where it was at.
The story is about Aristanae "Ari" a girl with teal colored eyes and silver hair. She grew up in the foster system and now almost eighteen she is seeking information about her mother which leads her to an insane asylum. She finds out her mother killed herself a few months after she was put in the system and the only thing left to her is a box full of items with a letter from her mother telling her to run and that she needs to stay away from New Orleans and those who can identify her. First off I had issues with that letter, it bugged me that the letter didn't give her any insight on why and who she has to protect herself from..just run! not the most helpful letter in the world.
As for the romance it happened too fast and I never really connected with Sebastian's character. Then again when I think about it besides Ari, Violet (who is this awesome little girl who has a pet alligator named Pascal) and well another main character (who I can't give away without ruining the book for those who haven't read it yet) all the other characters weren't all that memorable.
Overall even though it looks like I didn't enjoy the book due to all the issues I stated above, I did enjoy it. I liked Ari she could fight so no damsel in distress there. I also liked the fact that Keaton setup New Orleans to be a sort of haven for supernatural creatures and she delivered as far as the supernatural goes, there was a diverse amount of creatures all playing their roles in the plot very well. Also I found the plot itself entertaining especially the second half. (less)
Review from www.bookflame.blogspot.com 4.5 Stars I'm a Greek mythology fanatic..okay maybe fanatic is too strong of a term but I do adore Greek mytholog...moreReview from www.bookflame.blogspot.com 4.5 Stars I'm a Greek mythology fanatic..okay maybe fanatic is too strong of a term but I do adore Greek mythology. So when I first heard of Starcrossed I just knew I had to buy it. I am so glad I was not disappointed, this book was just downright amazing. Starcrossed lovers destined to kill each other..what's not to love.
I do have to admit I did like but not love Helen, although I do have a feeling she will grow on me especially with those badass powers that she has.
As for Lucas Delos the hottie in Starcrossed he is caring, very protective along with a slight jealous streak. He is also very conflicted since he knows what would happen if him and Helen ever got together. I almost feel sorry for the guy.
All the characters including the secondary were all very well developed. And each of them helped move along the plot, without seeming like fillers.
Starcrossed does end with a cliffhanger, which has me eagerly waiting for Dreamless the second in the series.
Also if you haven't heard by now this is nearly a 500 page book. I usually shy away from such "big" books since I feel like the bigger the book the longer it takes for things to develop and the plot usually moves at a snails pace. This was not the case with Starcrossed At ALL!!! I finished this within two days, it would have been a day if sleep wasn't something our bodies required.
I highly recommend this book if you haven't read it.(less)
I absolutely loved the setting of The Faerie Ring. Victorian Era is one of my favorite time periods to read about now add that in with some v...more4.5 Stars
I absolutely loved the setting of The Faerie Ring. Victorian Era is one of my favorite time periods to read about now add that in with some very wonderful characters this made for a very quick read. I literally flew through The Faerie Ring because I got so wrapped up in Tikis world.
Hamilton did a wonderful job with all the characters to where I couldn't help but care for each and every one of them even one of the antagonist. She did an excellent job with Tiki. I loved how she was such a strong character and with the things the world threw at her instead of growing cold and hard she still found time to take care of her "family" other orpahaned kids just like her. Honestly how can you not care for the group of orphans that we are introduced to, each one helping in taking care of each other and trying to survive the gritty slums of London.
Reiker is the love interest, and at first I didn't know what to think of him. Was he someone to trust or was he gaming Tiki. He remained a mystery, everytime I thought I knew what he was about his actions made me second guess myself. Learning about him was half the fun.
The book had alot of twists and turns that had me guessing,not to mention discovering the secrets of the characters right along side with them. I like how the main focus wasn't really the faeries but it was about Tiki, her orphan family, and of course the faerie ring which in this case really is a ring and not a circle of mushrooms.
Overall this was a refreshing read for me and looks like a start to a very promising series. I can't wait for the next book in the series although this could have been a standalone with the satisfying ending but I have a feeling there will be a few things touched in the upcoming books that was left a slight mystery. (less)
Isn't the cover just adorable? But do not be fooled Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale is nowhere near the adorable, light, bubbly read that the cover may portray. This book was so much more than just a light read. Ramona Wray has created a plot that is full of intense and suspenseful moments. Not to mention a love story that spans centuries filled with twists and turns that will keep you glued to the book.
Lily is labeled the town freak. Everyone makes sure to stay clear of her touch because with one touch she can glimpse into a persons past and future and learn about their deepest secrets. So you can imagine how shocked she is when Ryder Kingscott the hottest guy in school, who also has never paid attention to her or any other of the hundreds of girls crushing over him out of the blue asks her to the prom. Then to add to Lily's state of confusion Lucian Bell the new guy who is also equally hot has eyes only for her. Now add on the fact that Lucian and Ryder seem to already know each other and butt heads from the moment they see each other you can understand why Lily may be wary of both guys.
This is one of those rare books where I loved all three of the main characters.
Lily was a very strong female character. She did show moments of vulnerability in situations that required it but always did what must be done regardless of how hard the choices and decisions she had to make were.
Ryder's character was a mystery in a good way. The hottest guy in school, but he always kept to himself. The rumor mill was filled with wild stories about him. My curiosity about Ryder was one of the reasons I was glued to Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale. Wray took me on an adventure with his character and right when I thought I knew everything there was about him, I was pulled into another "twist and turn" that just left me in utter shock. In the end I was very satisfied with how the mystery around him was wrapped up.
As far Lucian Bell is concerned on the surface their wasn't much depth to him. Not until I really got to know him and found out how intriguing he really is. We are introduced to him as the latest eye candy at Rosemound High, but unlike Ryder he was Mr. Popular. He got along with everyone, threw house parties and seemed to be your regular high schooler. But as I read on, and his character unraveled, I learned there was so much depth to him, some of his actions just made me go wow! Especially the ending.
There were traces of a love triangle but I loved how Wray nipped that in the bud. Lily was not the confused damsel in distress that couldn't make up her mind on who she loved and wanted to be with. Even when things were at it's worse she loved only one.
I can't say enough good things about this book, it really grabbed me. I read it in a day and stayed up well into the middle of the night just to finish it up. I can't wait to see what other books Ramona Wray has coming in the near future. With her writing style and story telling she has definitely made a fan out of me. (less)
This is a tough one for me there were some aspects I really liked about Born at Midnight such as the camp filled with teens who are either some sort o...moreThis is a tough one for me there were some aspects I really liked about Born at Midnight such as the camp filled with teens who are either some sort of supernatural being or have some type of supernatural gift. Such as Kylie who can see ghosts. I also found it interesting how the government was actually involved and they knew about the camp and even held authority over it.
What made me bring the rating down is there was way too much boy drama in it for me. There is the ex-boyfriend Trey who broke up with Kylie because she wouldn't have sex with him but now all of a sudden wants her back. Then there is Derek the Fae who has a thing for Kylie and Lucas the werewolf who has got it bad for her as well. Not to mention Kylie has already had kissing sessions with each of the boys. Also it's the typical "oh I don't know who I like more" syndrome with her. Another thing that bugged me a little was Kylie in general, she is so much in denial about the fact that she is gifted that she rather believe she has a mental disorder or a tumor. Then there was the fact that throughout the entire book we are trying to still figure out what she is, eventually it just got old and I was more annoyed then anything.
Minus the boy drama...and Kylie's denial this was a fairly quick read. What made the book enjoyable as far as the characters go were Kylie's friends Della and Miranda they had a way of keeping things lively. Also I liked Perry he is some powerful shape-shifter but whenever he was involved something hilarious went down.
Overall I have no intentions on picking up the next book in the series. Maybe if I cared about the main character more and who she will end up with in the end but since I don't I wont be reading Awake at Dawn anytime soon.(less)