Oh wow. I actually finished a series I completely and utterly adored for the p...moreActual rating: 4.5 stars
In the end, my allegiance lies with Christian...
Oh wow. I actually finished a series I completely and utterly adored for the past few years. And I feel satisfied. After a bitter disappointment over Hallowed, I can safely say that this series has earned that special place in my heart for years to come. I CANNOT wait for more from Cynthia Hands. She has this way of making her books so easy to read but thoughtful at the same time.
Boundless started slow for me. I found that there weren't much to anticipate once the characters left the high school. But when I was struck with what actually happened to Angela, the reading experience was effortless from here on.
Oh boy, how can I forget how hard I fell for Tucker after Unearthly. After Hallowed, Christian got me swayed a bit and in Boundless, well, lets just say, I'm all his. XD Kinda unfair to be honest, since Tucker didn't get much exposure in this book to begin with. (view spoiler)[Still, when in the climax, we were convinced that Tucker actually had died, a single, lone tear actually rolled l from my eye and I thought, so it all came down to this, eh?
Lo and behold, this was the point where the book loses its 0.5 star because resuscitating the dead and somehow the guy who came back to life becomes the prophet was all a little bit too grandiose for my liking. But at least, the ending wasn't as silly happy ever after-ish as offered in Breaking Dawn where nobody loses a limb. So there's that.
The baddies weren't as badass as I expected. Heh, I couldn't even recall his name. Amyst? Armasd? Uh, this memory of a goldfish. Samjeeza was dashing in this book. Somehow.
Gee...never thought I'd be rooting for him as the leader of The Watchers back again.
The annoyings. Jeffrey and Angela. Wished they could be more useful. But I didn't like them since the first book anyway.
The I-need-more-of-you-beybeh! Micheal and Thomas. Why didn't I get MOAR? They deserved more airtime, helloooo? (hide spoiler)]
So yeah, basically I think I used up my long weekend pretty well, considering I still can't stop smiling over this book and this series altogether. :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
How often do you find a book which terrified the shit out of you and made you cry, really cry, like really ugly cry? If you know other books wit...morePARTY.
How often do you find a book which terrified the shit out of you and made you cry, really cry, like really ugly cry? If you know other books with these criteria, puh-lease recommend them to me! Because man, my heart is ready to beat a hundred times faster and gets broken again for a book as amazing as this!
In Girl of Nightmares, following the departure of Anna to Hell (because she needs to drag Obeahman's butt away before he murders Cas and his sidekicks), Cas is having trouble coping with the loss of Anna. Worse, he starts seeing gruesome image of Anna being tortured and mutilated regardless if he is awake or asleep. Kendare Blake dedicated about a quarter of this book just for the part where Anna is haunting Cas. Although we already know this from the blurb and usually I detest this because why would you spent about a hundred of pages for something we already know from the blurb, in Girl of Nightmares' case, it works. We get to know a different facade to Cas, I feel for Cas, I feel his loss, his desperation and his longing for Anna. And remember Cas is this butt-kicking ghost hunter! In wrong hands, I believe Cas would sound like Richard Gere, but hell yeah, Blake truly knows how to handle this intricate characterization because he is still the badass Cas I always knew.
Once Cas has some ideas as to how to find Anna, the story stalls a bit but that didn't make me stop reading. During this short time-out, we also get a valuable insights into Carmel and Thomas relationship which was cute. I also liked how Blake dropped a few hints and made me wonder if a couple of characters are the antagonists.
The biggest highlight of the book is definitely the Suicide Forest part. It was scary as hell and I IMMEDIATELY regretted my decision to read this book at night. Shit, I wish I can erase my memory of this scene. I'm not sure if I'm able to walk into ANY forest ever again.
THE ENDING! I won't lie, I was hoping for this kind of ending for Hereafter (yes, I wish this was a standalone). The rougher and more brutal tone of Anna Dressed in Blood didn't convinced me if Girl of Nightmares is deserving of such ending.
I surrender to your wicked writing skills, Kendare Blake. This series deserves such ending and more. Much more. I had to repeatedly read the same two pages in denial, and when I came to my senses, as you already know...
As always, I'm really suck at writing a positive review. But trust me, Girl of Nightmares is much better than Anna Dressed in Blood. Somehow. I'm not sure how my body was able to absorb this much awesomeness.(less)
My tablet is dead. And I don't know where did I put my charger cable. Probably got lost in the other dimension. So I can't look back at all my bookmar...moreMy tablet is dead. And I don't know where did I put my charger cable. Probably got lost in the other dimension. So I can't look back at all my bookmarks and notes for this book. Boo~
Anyway, I'm not trying to state the obvious but if this series is a person, then that person is Taylor Swift (Happy birthday, Taylor by the way!). I don't know why she ends up with different guy everytime I saw her on the news, of course it's none of my business but I still think Taylor is a genuine, nice person despite singing lyrics such as "I'll follow you, follow you home." (???) And yeah, I do sing to Taylor on regular basis. And of course, at least she can sing.
Transcend Time series is like that. Commercial, fluffy, but not necessarily shallow. Michelle Madow can definitely write. I appreciate the fact that she didn't try so hard. She writes from her heart and I knew she was having fun writing the books in this series just by reading her works.
Well, to be honest, it's slightly embarrassing to say that I'm almost turning 24 and I did enjoy Timeless very much. This is a perfect guilty pleasure series if you think you just want to lay on your back, reminiscing the good old days without wanting to be critical. Reading Timeless was effortless and while the plot is predictable, it's not ridiculous and I could sense that Timeless had went through multiple rounds of proofreads.
Anyway, FINALLY! AN ACTUAL TIME TRAVEL! I've been waiting for the time travel part since book 1 and I iz satisfied. Lizzie tend to be a bit of a paranoid parrot, not that I'm complaining as it is her life which is at stake but I wished she could be more contributing. Drew - as if he isn't in this book. I don't think his character grew at all but that's okay, he is still a sweetheart. :)
On a final note, if you somehow really, really want to read this series and barely have enough time, I suggest you to just jump to Timeless as there is enough background story provided at the early part of this book.
[image error] 3 poker faces plus one cute kitten just because the series is so sweet! :D
**The ARC was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.(less)
I know this is bizarre, but this book was better than I expected.
I thought I will let this book to be...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
I know this is bizarre, but this book was better than I expected.
I thought I will let this book to be drenched in the thunderstorm outside because I expected Calla to be so dumb and Shay and Ren would act like total douche bags.
That was how low I've set the bar for this book. Don't get me wrong. Calla was still dumb and the two boys did act like douche bags but it was tolerable.
**Spoilers ahead** Just go ahead...you won't read this book anyway because your time is better spent for something else. Trust me.
So this book started off with Ren and Calla, almost making out. And I thought, here I am...reading a young adult book for its supposedly clean romance. Hmm...maybe I should limit myself to children books only.
Then Calla brought Ren back to Searchers HQ and somehow forgotten that Shay was there and he could not be in the same room with Ren.
Dear Calla, I don't know if a wolf's brain is smaller than human's but it's not an excuse for NOT using it.
As you might have expected, Ren and Shay tried to bite each other's head off and poor Calla still didn't know what to do.
Until Adne asked her to be their alpha.
Again, Calla dropped her brain, most likely while shifting from her wolf form.
But no! Apparently she forgotten to pick up her brain back because she dared to sleep with Shay while Ren was in the same building as them!
And not only that, when Shay was not around, Calla didn't waste her time, kissing Ren and stuff.
Kids, we all know what do we call a woman like that.
Shhh Nikki Minaj. We're not supposed to say those words while the kids are around.
Calla is one greedy chick. *sigh* She refused to pick her mate because she didn't want either Ren or Shay to leave!
And then the author wasted a chapter for a chit chat between Calla and Bryn on which dude she should choose. An entire chapter only for the climbing part when the Searchers team went to retrieve a part of the elemental cross. Another chapter for the swimming part only when they went retrieving for the other part of the elemental cross.
Now that I've mentioned it, I don't understand why the cross parts weren't guarded heavier when the Keepers knew Shay was looking for each part. Yea, there were vampire bats and stuff but even though the Keepers were too prideful, they should have think better not to let Shay gets the cross and wait for the risky showdown.
Okay, here's the big part. Ren's death! When I looked through the rating, I wondered why the rating is quite low for this book. Because only the fans who would still read the final book of the series, otherwise people would just drop it after Book 1. Like I suspected, the low rating was because the author killed off the fans' favourite character.
Now I tell you what. Calla didn't even deserved Ren. She was spineless albeit growling and snarling all the time. Who would suit her better than this controlling, possessive, Shay.
I'm happy Shay didn't stay with his parents because I remembered a part where Shay admitted that she joined this Searchers mission not for anyone else but for Calla. Not even for his long lost parents.
Back to the snarling, growling part. Since Book 1, I was always uncomfortable when the author portrays the shifters with animalistic traits like that so often. LOL! It turned out that their true self were indeed wolf.
Really, Andrea Cremer, really? I've been wasting my time on animals fable?
Sorry, but I have to remove Nightshade from my favourite shelf.
One of the three shapeshifters/werewolves series I started last year apart from Wolves...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
One of the three shapeshifters/werewolves series I started last year apart from Wolves of the Mercy Falls and Nightshade. I remembered thinking that all the first books for the three series were amazing although I barely remember why.
After a huge disappointment with Forever last year, I hope this one will be a hit :)
Okay, first thing first. what's with the bold text! It pained me just looking at the pages!
Second, what's up with the cover! It didn't match the first two! Was it really hard to match the title font at least?
Nevertheless, I always find the titles of books in this series as among the best.
Alright, there are 488 pages of this book but if you ask me what was going on throughout the book, I probably could tell you that in a single breath. I can hardly remember most the events. This book simply is not memorable.
Fortunately, it was miles better than the second book but I think it was still not as good as the first? Gah! I remember The Dark Divine as being awesome but maybe I was just so much into werewolves during those days.
Anyway, Grace still forgot to use her brain during the first half of the book. She even dared to say things like this;
"I swore I wouldn't give up on him. And I'd move a whole damn mountain if I thought it would change him back."
"But I'm going (to Caleb's super dangerous abandoned lair) and there's nothing that can stop me."
"My future? What future?" If we can't turn Daniel back into a human. I don't have future."
So Grace, tell me, is love the only thing you need in this world? Love can get you money, get you into a nice college, get you a good job, get you a half chicken for today's dinner...
YA heroines...when will they stop obsessing over their boyfriends...
Good gracious Grace was more tolerable for the second half of the book. I particularly like this one line from her;
"Little Miss Naked is my responsibiliy. Nonne of you boys will be able to focus while fighting her."
And oh, her best friend, April was as dumb or probably dumber than Grace herself. I mean, really, you do notice how many best friends of YA's heroines are plain stupid and annoying right? Maybe one day I should make my own list to honor their admirable personality.
Miss Bree Despain, for your third book, I would expect better than something like;
Daniel sprang into action immediately, pulling his coat off and using it to entrap two of the monsters at once, and then flung them into the wall of cornstalks in a move he must have picked up from a Jackie Chan movie or something"
Jackie Chan movie or something? Ermm..your book is not a parody of some sort is it?
Some new characters were kinda likable such as Ryan, Lisa and Slade. The ending was satisfying as well.
At the end of the day, if you're thinking of starting this series
then probably no. I could barely find any originality in this series, particularly in this book. The hunting part reminded me a lot of Forever and the lost boys reminded me of Jacob's pack in Twilight series.(less)
For start, I was prepared for the finale of this series. It's not one of those shallow Young Adult ser...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
For start, I was prepared for the finale of this series. It's not one of those shallow Young Adult series revolved around a helpless girl obsessing over her supernaturally-gifted boyfriend or anything of that sort.
Yet, I was very much overwhelmed by every turn of event in this book. I think Suzanne Collins had written this book with spontaneity in her mind because I couldn't guess pretty much everything that would happen next.
So I left in that situation again, the one I experienced when I finished with The Night Circus. I honestly don't know what is my rating for this book.
I could hardly follow up the plot, I was not sure if it was because the author's fluid writing skill had deteriorated or because I was reading it in Katniss' voice. (view spoiler)[A very depressed Katniss.
I had several 'eh?' moments:
1. Was it really realistic to have a 17-years old girl to be THE mockingjay? To have her in the battlefield? To let and aid her to assassinate President Snow?
2. How can the 13-years old Prim was allowed to be in the medical team? Shortage of staff probably but I don't know, it sounds strange.
3. What happened to the next Hunger Games which supposedly involved the children of Capitol citizen? Why Katniss even agreed to that idea?
But in the end, I think Katniss had make the right decision between Peeta and Gale.
(view spoiler)[*sigh* I'm still having this conflicting thought. Subconsciously, I was expecting Katniss to be married to Peeta, Prim still has her goat and Buttercup to play with, while Katniss mum occasionally tend to sick people. They live in the Victor Village with Haymitch, Gale and his family as neighbours while sometimes Effie, Finnick and Annie, Johanna, Cinna and his prep team come and visit them.
LOL! I should grow up faster :) (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Just to cheer myself up after intense, long hours of reading this book.
Ermm yes, I haven't finish with...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Just to cheer myself up after intense, long hours of reading this book.
Ermm yes, I haven't finish with this series yet. Those new releases were so distracting but none had ended up on my favourite shelf after The Hunger Games did early this year.
And I was not ready to sentence more of my neurons to death.
Plus, with all the hypes surrounding the movie, I couldn't risk getting wind up with the spoilers. I accidentally found out one already (view spoiler)[ Katniss and Peeta would be married and have kids! (hide spoiler)]. Why can't anyone just pass me the nightlock berries so I can shove them down to the person who wrote that youtube comment's throat!
My intention was so innocent and pure at that time. I was just trying to listen to Taylor Swift's Safe and Sound.
But then I scrolled down...
Gah, I should blame those people who gave the thumbs up for that comment as well.
Well, I should really review this book, shouldn't I?
What's there to tell. It was still as impeccable as the first book. Less actions I reckon, but with deeper emotions. Sincerely I like Katniss less in this book because she was a bit high-strung at times. She made some bad decisions but the flaws made her character more believable.
Now that I'm done with the second book, I wonder why her archery skill was not questioned during the course of the first book. Katniss herself admitted that District 12 tributes were at disadvantaged because they would only be allowed to work in coal mines when they reach 18. The tributes from other districts could start sharpen their skills in throwing axes, catching fish with trident etc at young age. Then why no one questions where did Katniss learn how to be so skillful with arrows and bows?
Oh yes, and the despicable love triangle. I hate love triangle. In fact, I loathe it. But of course Suzanne Collins rose to the occasion. This is only the second series so far that can convinced me that the dilemma is real and a complex one. The other one being Unearthly.
The minor characters were given adequate attention as well. (view spoiler)[Although, it revolved around The Hunger Games once again, this time around I got what I was longing for from the first book. First, the names of majority of the tributes, their personality and some of them even received some background stories. (hide spoiler)]
But in the end, I missed the heart-pounding sensation I got from the first book. (view spoiler)[I mean, Katniss was in a better off position this time, at least in the area with a bunch of allies (hide spoiler)]. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It started with a cup of hot tea I made at 1 am. Darjeeling tea to be precise.
I felt craving for hot b...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
It started with a cup of hot tea I made at 1 am. Darjeeling tea to be precise.
I felt craving for hot beverage after a few rounds of UNO tournament with my housemates. While waiting for the drink to cool off a little, I decided to pick up the book where I left it off at around page 100 or so.
It was a wrong decision.
I even forgotten that the hot drink was there.
I ended up going to sleep at 5.30 am.
Which obviously pointing out at one thing. I'm a painfully slow reader. Well, I wanted to savour every word of this book!
Oh ya, another obvious thing...
THIS BOOK IS FREAKING GOOD!!!
After Unearthly and Angelfall last year, I had a season of drought when I could hardly find a phenomenal book like this.
It took me forever to borrow the book from my local library. The requests keep coming in. That explains why I had been so left behind of this awesomeness. I'd say now...
I SHOULD JUST BUY THIS FREAKING BOOK.
Well, I almost feel reluctant to review the actual book. I believe I'll be repeating what the other awesome reviewers had said.
But I'll review it anyway because I can. Ha-ha!
Since I've read Angelfall and Divergent first, It was hard for my brain to adjust that this book came before those two. And if there are any intentional resemblance to The Hunger Games, it's Veronica Roth and Susan Ee who have to answer to us. But soon, I didn't care much because I was too engrossed in the story and the actions.
The narration was simple enough, not many catchy phrases or mind bogging words but the philosophy runs deep. As brutal as The Games, I couldn't help but to question, are we being control to that extent as well, but with more subtle disguise?
I would totally vote for Raffe against Gale or Peeta because this book IS about Katniss. Although without any male characters to be swooned for, I feel like the emphasis on Katniss was a smart move by the author albeit the risk.
I'm kind of nervous in continuing with the series right now because I had a very terrible experience with the second book in any series so far. Hopefully, Catching Fire would be able to break the consistent streak. I'm not sure if I would be glad if Suzanne Collins would like to start writing about a new series because I'm afraid, when you reached max level, you stop leveling. (less)
Gosh, I'm glad I decided to continue on reading instead of just dropping the book half way. The first...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Gosh, I'm glad I decided to continue on reading instead of just dropping the book half way. The first 200 pages were like...soooooooo slow including the action scenes. Meeting with the searchers, long lecture about all the lies and history stuff, going to the battlefield, Connor made horrible, horrible jokes, Calla unsure whether to trust the Searchers or not, Ethan trying not to kill Calla, Adne trying to show off how capable she is. And yeah, Shay acting like a douche. Those are basically half of the story. I was getting furious, why every second book in the series (Linger, The Lost Saint)are just painful to read? And hello, where's (my) Ren?
Well, I think I understand why the author spend half of the book doing that. With so many new characters and lies to be unfold, she did the right thing. But it doesn't mean that she can compromise the fluidity of the story. (view spoiler)[Only when Calla and a group a Searchers when to Vail, that's where the true action begins. Still not that natural in the sense that once Calla met Ren, they sort of spent waaay too much time 'lovey dovey'ing while the rest of the team was fighting the incoming Guardians. Then, Ren want to hurt Calla by how? Raping her was it? Man, with too many characters around, I kept losing who's done the talking at some point (hide spoiler)].
Calla's roller coaster of emotions is another proof why women are more complicated than calculus. Yes, yes, I'm a girl too but I just couldn't identify with her sometimes. The dilemma between Shay and Ren was convincing. For me, there's no clear choice there (although I'm pretty sure Shay was meant to be the male lead). (view spoiler)[Next, when Calla's found out that her mother was killed, she didn't seem to be that devastated, she seems to care more about her pack, Ansel and Ren. It's a mom we were talking about you see! And my goodness, I feel like the entire time Shay was only trying to make out with her. The make out scene at the very end of the book was aaaawwwkkwwwardd!! Calla was so devastated, she even cut her hair with gardening prune and poof! She spent the night with Shay!! Bad, bad timing, only hours after Monroe was dead and she met Ren. (hide spoiler)]
Anyone notice the similarities between Adne and Ariadne from Inception, apart from they bear the same name (thank you Captain Obvious). They both young, sort of genius and the architect of the team (well, by creating portals, Adne do need to know the building's layout right?)
I read the last page then I turned to read the next page. None! LOL! I finished the book? Wait, I finished the whole series! Which is a rare thing I d...moreI read the last page then I turned to read the next page. None! LOL! I finished the book? Wait, I finished the whole series! Which is a rare thing I do because I don't have much spare time. Then why? Why didn't I feel I like I've lost a best friend.
Of course I don't want a perfect happily ever after ending but the book seems unfinished. I should've left the series after Shiver :((less)
Ermm, I don't know why but I feel the urge to explain why did I rate this book so high. This was technically the first Young Adult Paranormal book I'v...moreErmm, I don't know why but I feel the urge to explain why did I rate this book so high. This was technically the first Young Adult Paranormal book I've read way, way, way back loooooooooong time ago.
I was so...
hence I remembered that I like it. I even finished the whole series.
So, I'll keep the rating because I remembered that I like the book but I couldn't remember what I liked about the book. So, I want to keep it that way.
So that I don't hate my past self.
But thanks to Stephenie Meyer, I developed my interest in this genre which leads me to find way, way, better books than what she had written. I owe her so much! (less)
I know I can rate the book better than that but I'm just disappointed. It feels like the book was written by a different author. In the first book, I...moreI know I can rate the book better than that but I'm just disappointed. It feels like the book was written by a different author. In the first book, I could totally feel the weight of Grace and Daniel's love, like how pure and deep the love was. But in this book, when the author started using words like 'superpowers' and 'superhero', it felt like I was reading a teen comic book.(less)