Update: April 20th: I've re-read this as part of a Shakespeare April Read-A-Long event with my very good friend and fellow blogger Pixie @ The BookahoUpdate: April 20th: I've re-read this as part of a Shakespeare April Read-A-Long event with my very good friend and fellow blogger Pixie @ The Bookaholic
I'll be making a special feature post for this and Othello on my blog by the end of the month!
It's been years since I've read this play and I really enjoyed it! It was definitely nice getting to re-introduce myself to the characters as well as the story!...more
Okay, first of all I just have to state the simple fact that Adrian Ivashkov is amazing! Lol. He is probably one of my most loved characters out of anOkay, first of all I just have to state the simple fact that Adrian Ivashkov is amazing! Lol. He is probably one of my most loved characters out of any series/book I’ve read, I’ve adored him ever since he was introduced in the Vampire Academy series. I still like Dimitri of course but Adrian is on a whole different level. If only he were real… *sigh* lol.
I loved Bloodlines when I read it so I was dying to get my hands on The Golden Lily, and it did not disappoint in any way, shape, or form! It’s funny because in the beginning when Bloodlines was first announced I wasn’t sure if I’d like it all that much because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sydney when she came into the VA series, but I loved Adrian and was still hoping he’d get his happy ending (especially after what happened at the end of the VA series). But I was totally and pleasantly surprised with this series, and as much as I loved Bloodlines, I think this book was even better. I literally could not put it down; I was totally immersed from the start and barely came up for air.
Adrian had me laughing out loud on several occasions as usual, and as I said in my review of Bloodlines I’m really starting to like Sydney. I’m getting to know her a lot better than I did in VA and going through her journey and seeing her struggles she has to overcome in the situation she’s faced with really make her more relatable and memorable.
This review seems so short to me but it’s just so hard not to give away spoilers!! Lol. But I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read the first book in the series yet, which I highly recommend by the way! I also recommend that you read the Vampire Academy series if you haven’t yet because some of the events and back story from that series carries over into this one, and also because it’s truly an amazing series and one of my favorites for life!
This book was action packed, character driven, and full of witty dialogue and impeccable detail. Richelle Mead has reminded me yet again why I love and respect her writing so much; she’s definitely a favorite author and huge inspiration. To put it simply I absolutely loved this book, and now I’m dying to get my hands on Indigo Spell!!
It's clearly no secret that I'm a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. It's hands down one of my all time favorite stories, I drove my family crazy watchingIt's clearly no secret that I'm a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. It's hands down one of my all time favorite stories, I drove my family crazy watching the Disney version constantly while I was growing up lol. And I absolutely loved the newer version that Tim Burton did (but then I adore all things Tim Burton). So I was completely sold on this when I read the blurb and couldn't wait to get my hands on it!
I love retellings in general, and I've read several retellings of Alice in Wonderland but this one was completely unique and different than any of the other ones I've read. It was a bit dark, but that fit perfectly in my opinion because when you think about it Wonderland isn't really a "happy-go-lucky" place full of rainbows and unicorns all the time. I think the author went above and beyond with this book and crafted a wonderfully exciting, and modern tale based around the original story.
There are so many interesting and unique characters in Splintered, and they really added so much to the story. I loved Alyssa, she was spunky and had her quirks which made her relatable. I liked the fact that she had a good relationship with her dad, and even though there was a struggle/strain in the relationship with her mom you could still tell how much she cared about her. It was nice seeing a good parent/child relationship, and that her dad was actually involved. You don't see that much in books nowadays.
Then there's Jeb. Where, oh where do I start? I adored him from the start and he's easily the right match for Alyssa. I liked the fact that there was no "insta-love", they'd been best friends for years and knew each other better than anyone. He was a loyal friend and was always there to protect her. I loved his personality and sarcasm, he made me laugh so hard at several parts in the book. I actually really liked Morpheus a lot too, there's a little hint of a love triangle but honestly I think the relationship between Alyssa and Morpheus wasn't really all that much of a romantic one. There were hints of it here and there but nothing like the relationship between her and Jeb, but I did still like his character. He's a bit darker than Jeb and can kind of be a jerk sometimes but there's something about him that just makes me like him in spite of that lol.
I have to admit I had a hard time writing this review without putting spoilers in, and I had to keep rethinking my wording, what elements to mention, ect. Lol. But that just goes to show how awesome the story was! The world building was just amazing, as was the writing itself. The attention to detail in this book was absolutely fantastic and the visualizations were spot on! I was totally enthralled by every sentence I read and could get to the next page fast enough.
Needless to say, the fact that this is a stand alone kinda bummed me out just because I loved it so much and now I want more! Everything was pretty well resolved at the end but there was a bit of an opening left that could possibly go forward into a sequel perhaps?? *hint hint* so I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for that, as well as any other work by Ms. Howard! Also the cover is flipping gorgeous, and I've been in "cover love" since I first saw it!
Splintered was a thrilling, dark, magical, and gorgeous adventure, and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I couldn't have loved it more if I wanted to!
Holy wow… I don’t even know where to start. This book was amazing!
I had been dying to get my hands on this book ever since it came out! The synopsis hHoly wow… I don’t even know where to start. This book was amazing!
I had been dying to get my hands on this book ever since it came out! The synopsis had me hooked immediately and on top of that I kept seeing lots of rave reviews by my fellow blogger friends, so needless to say I was extremely excited when this lovely book made its way into my possession :)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone had me totally and completely enthralled, it was even better than I was expecting! Ms. Taylor crafted such a wonderful and unique story, her writing is detailed, imaginative, and beautiful. It’s a perfect mix of mythology and magic and the world you’ll find yourself in is breath taking. I also loved the fact that the story is set in Prague, I’ve always thought it was a fascinating place and for this story it was the perfect backdrop.
I absolutely adored the characters, I felt a connection with them from the very beginning and I grew even more attached to them with every page. The characterization was so great, and even the minor characters stood out in their own way. I’ve mentioned time and time again how I love romance that’s well done and the romance in Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a prime example of a well done romance in my opinion. I thought it was absolutely stunning and I loved every single bit of it.
This book was full of so much emotion you just can't help immersing yourself in it, and I didn't come up for air until the very last page. Needless to say I can’t wait to read more and will be first in line to get the second book when it comes out.
5 huge stars!
“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” ~Daughter of Smoke and Bone...more
I’d had this book on my shelf for the longest time and finally got around to reading it, and man am I glad I did!
In the world that Ms. Oliver createdI’d had this book on my shelf for the longest time and finally got around to reading it, and man am I glad I did!
In the world that Ms. Oliver created everyone believes that “Love” or “Amor Deliria Nervosa” as they call it is a disease, and scientists have found a cure for it. Everyone gets this cure at the age of 18 (in most cases) boys and girls are also kept as separated as possible until they are able to be cured so that there isn’t any risk of them falling in love. The government is extremely controlling and ultimately you’re future is up to them. This story had such a realness to it which made it seem like this could actually be something that happened to our world in the future. Which if you think about it, it’s actually pretty creepy.
The whole story was full of rich and beautiful details and I was immersed in it completely. I loved the characters, Lena is an awesome heroine and I was really able to identify and connect with her. She wasn’t perfect and she experiences real emotions which made her real, and you get to see her grow as the story progresses. And Alex, sigh.. I have to admit I fell in love with his character, he’s brave but he has secrets but once I got to know more about his character it was a done deal lol. I also liked Hana, Lena’s best friend. She’s got some spunk to her and likes to challenge the rules.
As for the romance in the book, it was gorgeous and touching. I adore Lena and Alex as a couple; they’re such a good fit together. I was really glad that it wasn’t an intsa-romance; the author took her time and wrote it so that it built up at a good pace, definitely perfection. Overall I was totally captivated by this story, I can easily see where the hype for this book came from and why everyone raved about it in reviews, it was brilliant. And to put it simply, I loved this book! Can’t wait to get my hands on more of Ms. Oliver’s work!
“And now I know why they invented words for love, why they had to: It's the only thing that can come close to describing what I feel in that moment, the baffling mixture of pain and pleasure and fear and joy, all running sharply through me at once.” ~Delirium
I have to say novels based on Faeries have always been my favorites, I’ve read tons of them and many have made it onto my favorites list. So naturallyI have to say novels based on Faeries have always been my favorites, I’ve read tons of them and many have made it onto my favorites list. So naturally with this book being about Faeries I was intrigued, when I discovered that there were Shakespearean characters mixed in I was hooked.
Meghan was a character that I enjoyed, she had her flaws, strengths, and weaknesses but those were all things that made her seem real. She was loyal and brave, and also a little stubborn. I found that these kinds of traits made her seem like someone you could actually meet in real life and not one of those characters that seem too perfect to be real, and I really liked that.
As for Prince Ash, well, I have to admit that I was quite taken with him as soon as he made his first appearance in the book. To put it simply he’s just lovely :) I had seen in reviews/heard from a few people that it seemed like the feelings between Prince Ash and Meghan were a little rushed, and I can see where they’re coming from because in some places they were. But it really didn’t bother me too much in this book because there’s still room for an actual romance to possibly develop at a natural pace throughout the rest of the series. Which is something I hope to see happen.
Ms. Kagawa did a splendid job with the writing of this novel; you can tell that she took a lot of time and care with all of the details. The descriptions were exquisite and gave the novel so much depth, I felt like I was right in the middle of it all. The emotions were intense, and there was the element of action that kept you on your toes. I absolutely loved this book, it was wonderfully magical and from the beginning of this book all the way to the end I was completely enchanted.
It’s easy to say this is a new top favorite series of mine and I’m already eagerly continuing on with it!
*fangirly squeal* Okay so Bloodlines was amazing! It blew me away and was even better than I expected it to be!
I’d been eagerly waiting for this book to come out, and I have to admit it was because my favorite character ever Adrian Ivashkov (seriously love him!) is a main character in this book. After the Vampire Academy series ended I was left still wanting to see more of Adrian and luckily for me he came back as a main character in this series. I could honestly just ramble on about Adrian but I’ll spare you all from that ;)
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sydney VA, so at first I didn’t think I’d like her any better in this series. But after reading this I have to say I really like Sydney now, you get to know her more and she really grows on you. She shows more strength than you saw from her in VA and she’s also got some cheekiness in this book (which I loved) So if you’re wary about reading this because you’re not a big fan of her character, don’t let that stop you from picking it up because it’s more than worth the read!
Bloodlines had a lot of wonderful twists and turns, it was exciting and at other times had me literally laughing out loud, which of course earned me plenty of weird looks haha. The characters were portrayed amazingly and the story was delivered in true Richelle Mead style. Also if you haven’t read the Vampire Academy series, you’re totally missing out! I would recommend reading that series before you read Bloodlines because that way you’ll get to know several of the characters better beforehand, and you’ll be more familiar with the back history that’s mentioned in Bloodlines.
I know this is one of the shorter reviews I’ve posted but I don’t want to give away any spoilers from this book or VA, and I’d hate to ruin either of them for anyone else! I truly loved this book and highly recommend it, definitely a must read in my opinion.
First off let me tell you, this book was amazing! If you haven't already read it, I most definitely recommend it! I have to say, I'm kind of ashamed oFirst off let me tell you, this book was amazing! If you haven't already read it, I most definitely recommend it! I have to say, I'm kind of ashamed of myself for not reading this book sooner!
I'd seen this book in the bookstores, and heard about the movies made based on it, but for some reason I never did pick it up. I guess it was because I don't usually go for the Western genre. But a good friend of mine read this and highly recommended it, and since we both are very similar in our taste in books and our opinions of them, it was added to my list of books to read. And I'm so glad it was!
I absolutely loved Mattie! She is the narrator of the novel, and recounts the story of everything that happened several years later. She is the strong and spunky heroine, and by no means a normal run of the mill character. Her's is a character that will be remembered, not only by me, but also by anyone else who reads this book.
This is added not only to my list of favorite classics, but also to my list of favorite books period. I think this book would appeal to a lot of people, old and young alike. Even if it's not in your normal reading style, I still say give it a chance. I'm so glad I did, I think this book will be one I'll always remember! ...more