I enjoyed this story a little more than the first. Now that I'm reading the sequel I like the episodical feel of this series. I could envision it as aI enjoyed this story a little more than the first. Now that I'm reading the sequel I like the episodical feel of this series. I could envision it as a cartoon on a TV station for kids like Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, or Cartoon Network. ...more
I was pleased to receive a copy of this book for review. I thought the plot sounded intriguing and learning that the rights to the book were acquired by Warner Bros and a Harry Potter producer made me even more eager to read it. Emma Watson is set to star as Kelsea so I spent the entire book envisioning her as the character. This is smart marketing on their part because fans can’t complain about miscasting!
I’ve heard this series being compared to Hunger Games. Personally, for me it had more of a Game of Thrones feel to it if anything. I say GoT because I’ve not read the Song of Ice and Fire books yet (I might when the series is finally over); I only watch the show but there were a few similar themes: a medieval backdrop, present but not overpowering supernatural elements, multiple kingdoms, a tyrannical ruler you love to hate, and a young heroine who has to grow and mature to carry out her destiny.
I thought making it a futuristic medieval approach was clever. It allows her to use anecdotes from today in a setting that’s like the past, but it’s in the future so the author gets away with it without readers wracking their brains over historical inconsistencies.
I’ve said it many times before, but I find that I tend to prefer books that are character driven (with interesting characters of course), so in that respect this book was good but it could have been better. There are many characters that get focus so it’s difficult to become attached to anyone in particular. This book introduces a whole new world spends a lot of time focusing on Kelsea growing up to be what she needs to be to save the kingdoms. It’s not in first person which gives it a little more freedom to focus on other characters. I look forward to the sequels exploring those opportunities a bit more. The villain has potential to become very interesting. All of her scenes were my favorites of the book, though I am rooting for Kelsea of course. I finished the book looking forward to the sequel so that’s a good sign.
This is Erika Johansen’s debut novel, but you wouldn’t really know it with the movie deals already coming her way. The well-crafted world-building, characterization, and plot are as adequate as any veteran. I look forward to what she can do next with this series and how it will come to life on screen.
I knocked both volumes 5 and 6 out back to back so the storyline is a bit more blurred, but all in all there is necessary regression in the plot line.I knocked both volumes 5 and 6 out back to back so the storyline is a bit more blurred, but all in all there is necessary regression in the plot line. The series wraps up with volume 7 which has not yet been released, so final conflicts and adversaries are making big moves. The suspense is pretty good and while the plot is overall predictable, there are a few twists and turns here and there that keep the story interesting. Volume 6 definitely leaves you wanting to know how it ends, so you’ll want Volume 7 right away.
As I stated before, I read this manga series once upon a time when it was still in Japanese. I was surprised to see it show up as an ARC some years later. It’s definitely an easy read and the plot is pretty straightforward. It’s a really nice option if you’re in between reads. I like the artwork and if you’re into comics, manga and romance, I imagine this series would be right up your alley to check out. There’s brief nudity and sexual situations, but it doesn’t overtake the story or qualify as hentai in my opinion.
I can always get behind a good graphic novel, and the synopsis here was practically irresistible! If you’re going to put a twist on classic fairy tales then sign me up! Unfortunately this has happened more often so it’s becoming a trend. That makes it harder for stories to stand out and be truly unique though a few still accomplish this.
For this graphic novel I’m more on the fence about it. I don’t feel like the character’s back stories are incorporated well enough for me to buy why these characters are special. They aren’t anything like what I knew or grew up with. They really could just be anyone but that’s a harder selling point. That said, the story kept my interest for the most part. I do want to see where things go next, but it’s mostly because of a potential villain, or at least a character that is clearly in the gray territory. I am curious about his motivations.
All in all it’s a good read to pass the time. The artwork is good, though not great. And there appear to be spin-off stories for all the main characters toward the end of the volume where we see brief side story prequels for them. Though I wasn’t a fan of how throughout all of those prequels we see little notes to buy other issues to read even more about their back stories. I understand the marketing tactic behind it, but as someone who doesn’t really read comics and graphic novels too often, I want everything I need in the Volume I am current reading and I don’t really care to seek out half a dozen other comics to get the big picture.
That said, I will read the next one, Volume 2 that is.
*ARC provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. *Review also posted to Amazon. ...more
New Hollows Day is probably as good as Christmas Day for many of us. Not to mention this one has come much sooner than expected! But if I'm being honest, this is probably my toughest review yet. It's taken me so long to get it together because I just keep drawing a blank. Part of it is because this is the end of my favorite series ever. But I have accepted that this must happen to all good things, or else they could risk not being so good anymore.
Kim Harrison brought this novel back around to be about the vamps. She made good on her promise compared to other recent books where they sat more on the back burner. It appears to be for good reason though because vampires are the key to changing everything. There were some revelations that truly surprised me and the unpredictable twists kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time.
I was happy to see the demons and elves get a healthy dose of focus as well. Over the years I have grown very attached to their story lines and was happy to see they wouldn't have too many loose ends.
Rachel and Trent. Yeah, if you're a fan I don't see why that would stop now! They display great teamwork and definitely turn up the heat as they're settling into their relationship together. It's satisfying to see but still hard to believe it's happened considering the long road they took to find one another. Of course it still isn't easy for them. They have very complicated lives, but their determination to make it work just gives a girl all the feels in the world.
Rachel takes her relationships seriously and her friends and family are as strong as ever. We get the answer to the question of whether she is able to save Ivy's soul. That alone is worth the price of admission if you've stuck it out with this series for as long as I have.
The thing is, I was expecting to have the waterworks ready after finishing this final book. I mean, I was expecting this
9 years is the longest I've stuck it out with a series. But I finished it feeling satisfied and believing that the characters would be okay. Kim has done her characters justice and she should pat herself on the back for being able to give them what they deserve. And it truly feels deserved with a very fitting ending. They've worked hard and sacrificed so much.
I enjoyed every page from beginning to end in this last installment. We received a lot of answers and many things were wrapped up, but at the same time it also feels like a new beginning so I still want more! I just don't know what I am going to do without my favorite witch, demon, elf, pixy, and vampire team to look forward to once a year.
And now I'm gonna lay the sap on extra thick. Honestly, reading for me won't be the same again, at least for a while. This is the first series to really introduce me to the adult urban fantasy genre and it's set the bar so high that nothing else can scratch that itch quite like The Hollows can. Everything else fights for second. This is the first series I have followed for so long so it will always carry a special place for me for that reason alone. Of course I'm looking forward to what's next, but it's always hard to say goodbye to history, especially as I've gone through the ups and downs with the characters year after year and made quite a few friends in my life along the way, including Ms. Harrison herself. So goodbye Hollows! Thanks for the ride! Thanks for the memories! Thank you, Kim Harrison! I'll be first in line for your next book! In the meantime...
*Review also posted to Amazon. *ARC Provided by the Publisher. ...more
I’ve only ever read the Kate Daniels series when it comes to the Ilona Andrews crew, and since that’s one of my favorite series I was looking forward to giving this one a try. They posted this story chapter by chapter as a serial series on their blog but I wanted to hold out until they had a finished product. It’s not a very long read but it’s full of magic and imagination on par with what we’ve come to expect when it comes to them. At the same time it’s totally distinct from Kate Daniels which is good. The only part that I didn’t really care for was the relationship with Sean, the alpha werewolf. I think the story was a little too short to work in developing a truly compelling romance angle there, and it’s hard to determine where it can go. He’s not Dina’s only admirer either as Arland’s intentions make me curious as well, so while I wouldn’t call it a triangle per se, it’s a little more complicated than I think it necessary for a 175 page read. The main characters themselves are plenty interesting though.
All in all I think this was a successful exercise for them and I’d like to see what they can do writing the sequels how they normally do. It’s an easy recommend if you enjoy the writing of Ilona Andrews and the artwork is totally gorgeous. I would love to see new ones in the sequel.
I enjoyed the first novel in this series, Sanctum, and jumped right into Fractured as soon as I could. There’s not much of a time-lapse at all so you won’t feel like you’ve missed much. While the supernatural big bads have come over to the human world, that leaves less time to explore the Shadowlands. I enjoyed the story overall, but I found myself wanting Lela and the gang to head back into Shadowlands pretty often since I found the world building and development there pretty interesting. This one focused more on high school life and came across as a more traditional paranormal YA read.
Malachi and Lela run into trouble in paradise which didn’t totally surprise me. One of the highlights of the book included several fish out of water moments for Malachi. You can’t expect someone who existed during the Holocaust to easily grasp how things are today. There are some interesting twists with the character as well that will leave you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next book.
We meet new side characters as well, but I didn’t find myself as invested in their storyline as I was with characters from the first book. I guess I might be a little afraid to get too attached.
Based on the ending of this book, I think book 3 will be closer to the same vein as book one which is a little more of what I’m looking for in this type of series. I look forward to its release and definitely recommend this series! And as an added bonus I really like the covers!
I don't regularly read yaoi manga, but this is probably the first where I think I can get really invested in the story and characters! The art is gorgI don't regularly read yaoi manga, but this is probably the first where I think I can get really invested in the story and characters! The art is gorgeous! ...more
Feels like a middle book I was super impressed with the first book in this series, The School for Good and Evil, so I was very eager to see what happeFeels like a middle book I was super impressed with the first book in this series, The School for Good and Evil, so I was very eager to see what happens in this follow up. I think the first book did a great job of establishing the characters and the personalities and motivations of Sophia and Agatha as well as the schools. This book digs a bit deeper into their history including how their parents fit into the thick of things and we get a healthy dose of Tedros as well.
I didn't find myself enjoying this book quite at the same level as the first one. There were definitely a lot of entertaining twists and turns but sometimes it got to be a bit too much for me. I was left wondering how the characters could truly learn to trust if everything around them was a lie. I was hoping for this book to build stronger relationships. It appears this series will be at trilogy at the least so this book has that middle book feel to it; things happened, but there wasn't as much resolution as I hoped for.
One thing that attracted me to this series was the cover. I would say I like this cover even better than the last one. I am hoping that like the story, they'll save the best for last.
The first book is truly awesome and I have a feeling the last book will be great as well. This middle book is definitely one you can't miss.
After the cliffhanger of book 3 there was no way I couldn’t read this one right away. I whizzed through it too. This was4.5 stars. The series best!
After the cliffhanger of book 3 there was no way I couldn’t read this one right away. I whizzed through it too. This was easily the best book of the series. I was genuinely put through the emotional wringer and there were some truly surprising developments.
Origin, the title, denotes a new race we learn about in this book. Apparently Luxen and hybrids can procreate and they are the result, something great than its two parents. Good thing Katy and Daemon use protection, eh?
This novel was different from the others in that we get alternating POVs of Daemon and Katy. That was a nice workaround considering how long Katy’s held captive. As the book explores the heart of Daedalus I really found myself wanting to give them the benefit of the doubt. It really was as the synopsis said. Even the Arum’s existence and purpose isn’t quite as black and white anymore. But that was clearly a mistake as one particular scene was so horrific and left me so angry and appalled I just wanted them all to die horrible painful deaths. It was absolutely infuriating and I’m upset all over again simply writing about it now.
There were other surprising twists, particularly on Katy’s part with her abilities and how far she’ll let her anger carry her. Though I was completely fine with those developments. I’ll just say that he had it coming, though the actual timing of it was unexpected.
Daemon and Katy….let’s just say that the angst factor is amped up to a 9/10 for these two. The devotion was nice, but I could have done without one decidedly annoying decision on their part. It didn’t really add anything to the relationship and felt overly dramatic and somewhat out of character if anything. There’s a development with Dawson and Beth too, but I saw that one coming a mile away and it didn’t annoy me at all. (view spoiler)[the marriage thing was kind of annoying and I guessed Beth was pregnant the second they all reunited and we learned she was sleeping, and before that I figured she'd get pregnant at some point in this series. (hide spoiler)]
But aside from those things, this is easily the best book yet. Unputdownable.
While new characters are introduced the lives of others are put into jeopardy, further proving this threat is very real. There’s yet another cliffhanger as well, but this time it’s one I actually could get behind.
If my understanding is correct, the next book is the last book of the series. I’ve grown attached to the characters and will miss this world, but Armentrout has definitely proven herself to be a very capable author and if this book was this good, I think she has the goods to let this series go out with a bang.
I read Shadows (Lux #0.5) and Obsession this week, so now I’m all caught up and the reviews shall soon follow. This is the first series in a while where I’ve been motivated to catch up with all the books. Normally I might read a book or two of something and then move on to another series and come back to read more at a later time, but this has been good enough for me that I just can’t wait. I am definitely a fan of Jennifer Armentrout’s writing.
"Don't forget. There are cooler things out there than fallen angels and dead guys. Just saying." He winked."
This quote is even funnier since she has a fallen angel series too now.
Onyx, the follow-up to Obsidian, is pretty awesome! I thought it was much better than the first book, amping up the story was well as amping up Katy's powers. I'm glad she gets an upgrade in the power category because she can be truly proactive instead of constantly playing damsel in distress. Granted, that still happens a lot but she is in over her head too much to have no defenses at all.
But as they say, with great power comes great responsibility. The stakes are higher for Katy's safety as well as her mom's and she needs to harness her new abilities. We meet a couple of new characters whose motives were pretty easy to guess early on, but their purpose completely changes the game. There were a few unexpected developments that prove no one is truly safe.
This is where the series went from okay to a true page turner, drawing me into the story and making me begin to really invest in the characters. Katy is so very amusing, especially when it comes to her blogging. She's so relatable and I find myself often highlighting quotes about her blogging experiences.
"I wrote a quick review for Monday and then a longer one for Tuesday. The longer one was because I couldn't stop gushing. I think I had a new book boyfriend and his name was Tod."
and another fave:
"It had insta-love, the bane of my existence Girl sees boy and falls in love. Immediately. Soul make, breath stealing, toes curling, love after one conversation. Boy pushes girl away for some paranormal reason or another. Girl still loves boy. Boy finally admits love."
Deamon's great too with his constant one liners and perpetual nicknames for a new guy in town who is clearly not his favorite person.
Of course their relationship is reaches a new level, though it's still executed in typical YA fashion with the constant back and forth, the interruptions to keep things from the point of no return, the high school level jealousy and drama, etc. I would definitely prefer if these novels weren't YA, but it offers enough for me to still want to continue with it.
These books are good enough to want to read them back to back without breaking to read something else. I unfortunately wasn't able to get to book 3 immediately after this one, but I had good excuses. After getting The Undead Pool (Hollows #12) ARC and World After (Penryn #2) ARC in my paws, they just couldn't be ignored. But I definitely read read Book 3 as soon as I was able and I'll have that review ready soon!
I have an idea of where this series is going to go. But after reading this book, I have no idea how long Karen Chance plans to take toTempted to Stop
I have an idea of where this series is going to go. But after reading this book, I have no idea how long Karen Chance plans to take to get us there. For a two year wait I felt like it should have had more impact for me than it did. But the two year wait could have also been to its detriment. Considering my super long to-be-read list, I’m not really one to go back and re-read books unless I find it exceptional. So because of that I found myself occasionally confused this time around. This one didn’t quite draw me in as easily compared to the others either.
It definitely keeps to Karen Chance’s usual style of non-stop action to the point of where your head spins and occasional humor, but something felt missing for me this time around. I know what else (or rather who else) was missing as well, Mircea. In the earlier books I wasn’t necessarily Team Pritkin or Team Mircea because I’m just not that much of a Cassie fan, but I feel like she’ll ultimately end up with Pritkin. And books like this where Mircea is literally nowhere to be seen only reinforce that idea and further raise my heckles when it comes to my annoyance with this supposed love-triangle. It’s a pathetic one at best. After reading the Dorina Basarab books, Mircea has easily become one of my favorite characters of the series and I feel like while we see fantastic development for him there, he really gets the shaft here and I find that frustrating.
And you know what else is frustrating? Cliffhangers. We’re left with another one. Apparently this was originally 800 pages and Chance practically had to cut the book in half to get it published. After reading it that didn’t surprise me at all. I’m at a place now where I much prefer the Dory books because I find it has all of the plusses and none of the drawbacks that irk me with the Cassie books. I just wish Chance was able to produce both series in one year instead of alternating them every year.
I’m at the point where I’m contemplating dropping the Cassie books and focusing solely on the Dory ones. Since this book was really only half the story, I may read the next one but if I don’t connect with that one either, I’ll be hanging it up…unless the 8th book is the last one.
I found Hot Redemption to be a decent satisfying novella. I liked the cyber punk theme quite a bit, but I believe the length prevented me from becominI found Hot Redemption to be a decent satisfying novella. I liked the cyber punk theme quite a bit, but I believe the length prevented me from becoming as invested as I could have. The ending also felt very rushed, but all in all I'd say it delivered as advertised. I'd like to see a full length version with a bit more cyber punk included to make it more well-rounded.
Talk about an imagination! I wasn't totally sure of what to expect going into this one. I wasn't sure which book to choose for my monthly kindle prime freebie and time was running out. It was a debut, and it was originally a Kindle serial series. But all in all it turned out wonderfully.
Though I've read other novels with a circus theme, this one certainly comes off as unique. Mab is a really cool leader. There are a lot of questions but the story pulls you in so that you really want to read along to get them answered. She can be generous but she absolutely has an agenda, so it keeps things interesting.
I really enjoyed the evolving family dynamic. Romance fans who prefer the slow build should appreciate this one, though it's not agonizingly slow progress either. We are just scraping the surface for what the future will bring.
I think A. R. Kahler keeping his name ambiguous was a good thing. I know that some people prefer female authors in this genre, especially when it's written in a female's perspective. But A.R. handles it well and makes all gender appealing, especially the potential love interest. Upon reading his bio I learned that he actually was a part of a circus troupe. That's about the only way to explain why this book felt so authentic and legit (as far as the paranormal goes of course).
The next one is due out soon and I'm getting it, Prime or no Prime! It's currently at $3.99 on the Kindle, but the pre-order for book 2 is $1.99.
I read the first Shadow Reader novel a couple of years ago, but due to the supposed cliffhanger nature of the second book I decided to hold off on continuing the series until it was completed. After a back-to-back read I don’t feel either novel was as strong as the original.
I do appreciate the world that Sandy Williams creates and how it intertwines and conflicts with the human world. The fae culture is very developed and unique in this series. I definitely wouldn’t say it’s a boring read because things are constantly happening, but I honestly didn’t feel as if I was on the edge of my seat waiting for what would happen either. I kind of figured out where things would go, it was just a matter of how the story would get there.
Most of the time I actually felt these books could be better suited to the young adult genre than the adult genre. Part of that could be due to how immature McKenzie is sometimes along with the usual interrupted opportunities. I am a big fan of good characterization (most of the time that keeps me engaged better than a plot will) and I felt like there was more to be desired when it comes to personality from these characters. I liked all of them more in the first book, but in the sequels there was more self-centered drama that I could have done without.
I felt like the love triangle was already settled in the first book, so I was annoyed with the perpetual reminders about why she chooses who she chooses. The life bond situation served to annoy me more than entertain because it unnecessarily reinforced that idea. That and its place in the story still didn’t make sense to me. She felt how she felt about that person before the bond, so why would she doubt her feelings now just because the feelings between both of them are connected? “Oh boo hoo, I’m connected to someone who loves me more than anything. Whatever shall I do?” Ultimately, I just really didn’t like the dynamics of the trio.
Flaws aside, I think it’s a fairly solid trilogy. It's just that my gripes are strong in this one.
I put this story on text-to-speech while driving home from class, completely clueless as to the extent of the content...until I wasn't, rofl. It threwI put this story on text-to-speech while driving home from class, completely clueless as to the extent of the content...until I wasn't, rofl. It threw me off a little because the sex scenes in the main story weren't at this level. I can definitely say I'm glad it's winter time, so windows were rolled up. I don't often read about threesomes, but I guess it's nice to know that the author peddles smut for the greater good. ...more
I received this book for review though I hadn’t read the first book, Angelology. The beautiful cover drew me to it like a moth to a flame, but it was the story kept me in the fire. This definitely presented a different feel than your typical paranormal/urban fantasy. After reading it I can certainly understand the Da Vinci Code comparisons, revealing deeper meanings behind countless important figures and artifacts throughout history. While reading you feel like you’re experiencing a small slice of a much bigger picture. This is an age old fight that only appears to be heating up.
Since I hadn’t read the first book there were some things I was confused about, wondering if the confusion was due to starting with Book 2, but as the story unfolded I eventually learned that wasn’t the case at all. The questions I had weren’t revealed in the first book. That said, I do plan to go back to read the first one. I am not sure about the frequency of releases when it comes to this series. Those of us used to authors releasing 1-2 times per year may have to pump the breaks here. The first book was released 3 years prior to this one. I imagine the amount of research to write these takes a while. Even still, I finished the book already wanting to read the next one.
There were multiple point of views throughout this book, and I’m not sure if it was for the better. I found myself invested in only a few characters, so I would have liked more focus on them to add more depth. Another area where I think this series could benefit is through illustrating the angels. An appendix would be invaluable. There are a number of different angelic species and Nephilim, so it’s difficult to visualize and remember how they look since their features differ vastly from one to another.
The series has been picked up by Columbia Pictures, so it looks like a movie is in the works. It looks like these angels will be larger than life soon enough. I hope that goes well.
If you’re planning to read this series, I recommend getting the hardcover. It looks better in person than in pictures. It’s practically coffee table quality, though the content of the book certainly isn’t.
Unlikely best friends, Sophie and Agatha, test their level of friendship as they are whisked away to the School for Good andFor a debut, I am WOWed.
Unlikely best friends, Sophie and Agatha, test their level of friendship as they are whisked away to the School for Good and Evil, where failing your fairy tale is not an option. Sophie, the embodiment of all things good, finds herself dumped in the School of Evil while Agatha, the dark and broody, is placed in the School for Good. Clearly there's been a mistake, right? But when the going gets tough, their journey exposes who they really are and all may not be what it seems.
I could say this was one of my top 3 reads of the year thus far. Though the story is categorized as middle grade, I thought it touched on a few mature themes here and there and could have been placed into the Young Adult category. It's certainly impressive when that group is reading 500-page novels. Though lengthy it's at least an easy read, which is to be expected, but it's still very engaging and well-written for the most part. I think the youth and adults alike will thoroughly enjoy it.
I loved how it took the lore and stereotypes of past fairy tales and pretty much turned everything on its head. The book even includes some great underlying messages, so it's clear that the author did quite a bit of homework. There is a lot of character development for both girls, and I appreciated the gradual process. The POVs switched between the two throughout the novel. I think I preferred Agatha's POV and thought process, but Sophie's POV served its purpose as well.
I wasn't crazy about the ending. That was probably the one area where I believe it deviated from the formula and not in a satisfying way (for me at least), but the rest of the book is very strong.
Though I've only seen an episode of the show Once Upon a Time (I'll get around to more eventually), I feel like this type of book would appeal to those fans. I highly recommend this entertaining and fresh take on what it means to be a fairy tale. What most surprised me was how this appears to be Soman Chainani's debut novel. This might be the beginnings of a new series, but the work as a whole could be a standalone. If this is a sign of things to come, I will certainly make sure I follow this author's future works!
Sofia Claremont gets more than she bargained for on the evening of her seventeenth birthday after she is kidnapped to a mysterious island. While perpetually nighttime, it’d be easy to assume that she’s been taken to Alaska during that time of year; but it turns out it’s an uncharted location where vampires rule. She soon learns that she’s been abducted into slavery at the mercy of vampires that can be as cruel as they are beautiful. She may have a chance to fare better than most, as her master is the dark royal Prince himself, Derek Novak. Though blood thirsty due to a 400 year stasis he may be her best chance at survival, meaning she’ll do everything in her power to remain on his good side. However, his more sinister Novak siblings may have other plans…
I’ve been on somewhat of a YA kick lately, so this was a satisfying read for the time. The writing and world-building were very good for a debut. The characterization was adequate in that I found myself becoming invested in the cast. I liked who I was supposed to late and hated who I was supposed to hate. I think Sofia makes a few silly choices, but that’s pretty much the status quo for 99% of heroines out there. Derek is a pretty good leading man, though I would like to see him more unhinged. It would make him a little more interesting considering his age, though he looks eternally youthful.
I enjoyed the premise but I read it almost directly after another novel with a similar idea, though this novel was published first. I plan to follow both, but I definitely want to stagger them so that I don’t mix up plots. Though only a novella, Bella Forest makes it count with a tight and suspenseful story. I look forward to more, hopefully a full length novel at some point.
Though the book is currently $3.99 for 150 pages, if you’re an Amazon Prime member like myself, it can be your free book of the month.