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All I can say is that I love this series – and I mean love it. Last Sacrifice was a l**spoiler alert** Warning: Contains Spoilers From Previous Books!
All I can say is that I love this series – and I mean love it. Last Sacrifice was a little bitter-sweet; sweet because it was absolutely amazing and bitter because it’s the last one in the series told from Rose’s point of view. Of course, there is a new spin-off series coming out soon – but not soon enough – about other characters from the books. I have it on fairly good authority that we met them in Blood Promise... Last Sacrifice started a few days after Spirit Bound finished – and after one of the most mind-blowing cliff-hangers ever. Rose is in trouble, again, but for once she’s actually innocent. She’s been accused of murdering Queen Tatiana, and the evidence is enough to get her locked up and awaiting trial – a trial that, if she’s found guilty, will lead to her execution... Rose is good-old Rose: brilliant, smart, sarcastic and just plain awesome. Plus, she shows her weak sides; like how she’s completely incapable of sitting still and the fact that she’s claustrophobic. All these teeny details make her so real, so unique. I feel like I actually know her, like I’ve actually been there with her, like she’s actually my best friend. Insane? Probably. That’s just how these books make me feel – Richelle Mead is just that good. I’m honestly going to miss her, even though I know she isn’t real. Dimitri’s back! You guys have no idea how hard it was for me to keep the lid on that one. Probably one of hardest things I’ve ever done. But, he’s back, and I’m so happy! You can tell that his time as a Strigoi has scarred him, but he’s stronger than ever. And some of the scenes between Rose and him... some of the things they said... pure genius. And Dimitri, well, you should know I’ve always been Team Dimka, Team Comrade. I just love him, and I really liked seeing his slightly vulnerable side. Lissa... I’ve always loved her. Now though, well, wow. She showed just how strong, how beautiful and how good she can be, and I loved her even more for it. The complete selflessness she showed, and her protection for Rose has made her more amazing in my eyes than she’s ever been before. She’s grown up, and I can hardly recognise her as the insecure girl who cut herself from the first book. Plus, the way Richelle Mead effortlessly links Lissa and Rose’s stories still amazes me. I loved the way Rose let us have an inside peek at all the mayhem at the Royal Court, even while she was right in the middle of her own dilemmas. It’s really hard to know how to describe this book without giving anything away. So, I’m going to say: it’s brilliant. Action-packed, suspenseful, beautiful, funny, and absolutely amazing. And, again, I was caught by surprise. I honestly don’t remember a series that has caught me more off-balance that Vampire Academy has. I loved the feeling: it made me need to read on – sometimes more than I felt I needed to sleep, eat or work. Also, I’ve fallen in love with every single character, and not just the main ones, but all of them. Mia, Jill, Eddie, Mikhail, Sydney – everyone. And the world Mead’s created... it’s one of my very favourite fictional worlds ever. I would pack my bags and move there now if I could. I don’t want to leave it, don’t want to leave Rose, but the coming of Bloodlines eases the blow a little. It’s released in August – I think – and I’m counting down the days. This series has made me feel everything: love, hate, fear, laughter, terrible sadness, joy, and almost belonging. If you haven’t read this, you’re probably going to think I’m completely insane. If you have, you’ll – hopefully – understand. I know Vampire Academy is going to be one of the first books I pick up when I need to escape: a comfort book. That may sound odd, but this book is so incredible I can’t praise it enough. If you haven’t read it, read it right. now. I mean it. It definitely won’t disappoint. ...more
3¾ Out of 5 * I've seen lots of split reviews over this book. I can see why, now that I’ve read the book. I loved the idea of the book, and the plot wa3¾ Out of 5 * I've seen lots of split reviews over this book. I can see why, now that I’ve read the book. I loved the idea of the book, and the plot was good, if a little slow at times. It was the language that bugged me: it was all overly formal, and didn’t flow at all. And how many 17-or-so teenage boys say: “I feel tremendous pressure to do so.”? It just didn’t sound right to me, and the language went on like that. For example: "She is being taken up to x-ray now. She said that she's absolutely fine, but I guess they want to make sure. She is right there on the gurney." To me, it just isn’t how someone would speak casually during a conversation with friends. That was my only negative point about the book though. I loved the alternate world side of it, and how one day our protagonist, Arizona, just wakes up and realises she isn’t in her own universe. She’s no longer a tomboy, but a cheerleader, she has friends she doesn’t know and no idea what on Earth’s going on. It was just the way Imogen Rose jumps between the first person told from the POV of Arizona and then third person from her mother, Olivia, which I thought was brilliant and worked incredibly well. And the way she slowly revealed little snippets of information, mainly through flashbacks from Arizona’s mother was pure genius. Everything just fell into place slowly, and there were twists that knocked me completely off balance. I really liked Arizona: she was strong and believably frustrated at suddenly being trapped in an alternate world. That was completely understandable, though I didn’t really get why she seemed more concerned with ice hockey that with getting back to her own time. Then again, we all cope in different ways, and I think this was her way of dealing. I really liked her, and the way she stood up for herself, even feeling sorry for her, and completely confused with her. The supporting characters were brilliant as well – Kellan, Ella, Ariele and Harry to name a few – although some of them could be padded out a little more. As for Arizona’s mother, I started off hating her, because that was how Arizona saw her. But then, with the help of a few flashbacks, I started to realise why. It was hard to hate her so much then. I loved the sci-fi romance and the time-travel, wanting to know what was going on just as much as Arizona did. It took me a while to get into – mainly because I was reading The Hunger Games, which is completely addictive – but when all the twists began, I was hooked. Portal was not the best written, but the plot made up for it. I don’t want to give anything away, but the ending was such an unexpected cliffhanger it’s untrue. Now, I need the next book in the series, because I really want to know what happens next! Overall, the plot was slow to begin with, but full of mystery and surprises. I really liked it. The only drawback: the writing. Which is honestly such a shame, because otherwise this would have gotten far closer to a 5 from me....more
Well, I loved A Study of Scarlet, and The Sign of Four was just as good – better actually! The book started with Holmes injecting cocaine, and a worrieWell, I loved A Study of Scarlet, and The Sign of Four was just as good – better actually! The book started with Holmes injecting cocaine, and a worried – a slightly distressed – Watson asking him why he does it. The answer: Holmes is bored. Of course. Bet you didn’t know that straight-laced Holmes was a drug addict! The mystery begins when a young lady called Mary Morstan arrives, revealing she has a mysterious benefactor who’s been sending her pearls for six years. Now whoever-they-are is telling her she’s a “wronged woman”, only she has no idea how she’s been “wronged”. When Holmes and Watson accompany her to the rendezvous spot, little do they know that they’re going to be swept into a mystery involving hidden treasure, murder, faraway lands, convicts, and foreign savages... I’m going to start off by saying I love Holmes! His way of dealing with boredom... well, unconventional, but it made me laugh. So did the fact that Watson’s arm injury from the war has suddenly and miraculously transformed into a leg injury. How, I have no idea. But other than that, this book was amazing. Holmes was more human, I think, as well as being a deduction-extraordinaire, and at times made me laugh a little. As I said in my review of the first book: Holmes is brilliant. Unconventional, a drug addict, more than a little crazy, yes: but brilliant. I loved hearing his process, and was just as amazed as Watson was when I heard Holmes describing the reasons he figured out certain parts of the mystery. As for Watson, he’s still smart and level-headed, despite the surprise jump of his injury from his arm to his leg. The story’s told from his point of view again, and I loved hearing everything from his way of thinking. The deduction and murder was brilliant and addictive, as were Holmes and Watson’s friendship. They are definitely one of the most dynamic duos out there – I’ve even seen some people describe their relationship as a bromance! I loved everything: the writing, the characters, the mystery, the suspense and the budding romance for Watson... Amazing. I can’t wait to read the next in the series: can’t get enough of the deduction!...more
4¾ Out of 5 "I got that feeling again, like there was a layer under everything that I wasn't quite seeing." Lucy’s cousin Christabel has just moved to4¾ Out of 5 "I got that feeling again, like there was a layer under everything that I wasn't quite seeing." Lucy’s cousin Christabel has just moved to Violet Hill. Being a new girl is seriously hard in a town full of vampires, and Christabel can't understand her aunt and uncle's curfew obsession. After all, how dangerous could a tiny, "backwards town in the middle of nowhere" be? As it turns out, very. Not only are both Lucy's boyfriend and best friend vampires, the whole Drake family is too. And it gets worse. Violet Hills is also overrun by the bad kinda vampire. The deadly, evil, dangerous, wild vampires, the Hel-Blar. And no matter how bad Lucy wants to keep the Drakes secret hidden, there's no stopping the Hel-Blar. Especially when they kidnap Christabel. In Violet Hill, not knowing can be deadly... Oh, how I adore this series! It's just so much fun, so awesome, so addictive, so good! I was in a tired-brain mood and suddenly had the most intense need to read Bleeding Hearts. The wonderful Alyxandra did not let me down! From the first page onwards I jumped from barely concealed hysterical laughter to gasps of shock to melty bones from yummy Drake boys. And I can't tell you how ridiculously overjoyed I was to find that Lucy was a narrator! Happy dance time! I love the vamp stuff in this book, but what really makes this book series incredible is the characters. How unique and loveable and 3D they all are, how each Drake has a distinct uniqueness, how I feel like I know all of them so well they're my brothers or boyfriend or best friend. It's awesome. And, oh, Lucy Hamilton is just my favouritest person ever! She's so funny and mad and quirky and strong. Best Lucy quote: "I totally love this. Who can I punch next?"! I just love the new, fighting-genius, even-more-kickass-than-before Lucy! And her cousin Christabel was just as awesome. How can I not love a girl who's as addicted to books as I am? And you could so tell she was related to Lucy! "Thus, no boyfriend. Also, I use words like 'thus'." LOL! For such a poet-loving geek, she was a real badass! And Connor Drake? Oh so cute and geeky and hot – he’s my second favourite Drake boy! Nicholas is my absolute favourite – he’s just so darn yummy. I love him THIS MUCH! And he is the best book boyfriend in the history of ever. Solange, however, was being weird. Even by Drake standards. And more importantly, by Lucy standards, which is really saying something! Oh, and how I love all the minor-ish characters too! Fierce Helena, Lucy's friend Nathan, all of my other main characters from the previous books, Isabeau, Hunter and Quinn in particular! I adore Lucy's parents: they absolutely killed me! Her mom was awesome and so funny: leaving condoms everywhere! But, damn Alyxandra Harvey for proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that fictional boys are a million times better than real ones! No offence to real guys, of course. But you're just not Drakes. I just love the writing and the split POVs. They all have their own unique voice - something of a minor miracle if you think of how many characters have narrated the books! The most awesome thing, though? Lucy's a narrator again! Yess! As for the plot? Well, pure awesomeness. I love the blend of romance and action, love how there's enough love stuff to make you fall for the guy hook, line and sinker, but not so much it takes away from the super-fast-paced and suspenseful plot. And, to add a cherry to the cake of awesomeness, the humour! But the ending? Worst. Cliffhanger. EVER! God, I am SO glad I have Blood Moon! Y'know, I don't think I've read a vamp series that has me cracking up quite like this one. Sometimes, I laughed so hard I cried. But don't for a minute think that's the only think the Drake Chronicles has going for it, 'cause it isn't. This book was also spooky and gripping and twisty. It also has totally romantic kisses that turns your insides to mush! And while this may be the fourth in the series, Bleeding Hearts proves that the Drake Chronicles is just as addictive and amazing as it ever was. I love this series and am so glad it's untrue that I already have Blood Moon! Guys, if you haven't read this series yet PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! Read it! It's pure awesomeness and my second favourite vampire series EVER! Actually, after this... Well, The Drake Chronicles may have to be bumped up to Spot One... Sorry Vampire Academy! It was just that good!...more
4¾ Out of 5 Stars Meghan Chase is an ordinary girl with her best friend Robbie, mother Melissa, her stepfather Luke and her little brother Ethan. She d4¾ Out of 5 Stars Meghan Chase is an ordinary girl with her best friend Robbie, mother Melissa, her stepfather Luke and her little brother Ethan. She doesn’t have the coolest clothes or a great social life, she’s just... Meghan. But then her brother is taken, and a changling is left behind in his place. Robbie says a faery is behind this. He tells her that to rescue Ethan they have to travel to the Nevernever, land of the fey. But once there, Meghan finds out there is much more to her than she could ever have imagined...
Personally, I’ve always loved faeries. When I was little, I was the one with the strange little imaginary friends. Did you know, they say children can see otherworldly creatures, but the gift fades as they grow older and stop believing. Me? I still believe. Julie Kagawa has made the faery land seem so real that it’s impossible for me not to have faith in the fey. She took folklore and mythology and turned it into something new, something amazing. Her imagination is absolutely incredible. I want her world to be real.
Meghan was a strong lead girl, and I liked her instantly (not just ‘cause she’s the first character I’ve come across with my name!). She was determined, brave, loyal and loving. She would do anything and go anywhere for the ones she loved. I admired and loved her for it.
As for the other characters, they were just as well thought-out and loveable. Robbie Goodfell, Meghan’s best friend, was amazing! He made me laugh so much with his practical jokes and brilliant tricks. Plus, his hidden, rather notorious, fey identity was just genius! (Can you guess it?) Now, we have the Winter prince, Ash. Dark, brooding, dangerous. And I loved him! He may have been harsh and cold on the outside, but – in my opinion – that was just his way of keeping himself from getting hurt again. He was sweet, chivalrous and loyal: I fell in love with that intensity of his. I never could resist mysterious princelings. As for Grimalkin (Cait Sith or Devil’s Cat, as he’s also known) he was just my favourite. He was rather refreshing, with his wonderfully snarky character. As for his “I am a cat” explanations, they had me grinning.
Now we get onto the other faeries. I can’t begin to describe the wonder, magic and brilliance of Kagawa’s world, so I’ll settle for this. Picture every fairy you’ve seen in Disney movies and discard them. Go pick up a copy of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The faeries in this story are otherworldly and more than human. There are the scary ogres, trolls and exterior beauty covering maliciousness. And then… a completely new twist, unique to Julie Kagawa…
The idea that weaponry and machinery and science is slowing destroying the Nevernever is genius. But, I am proud to say, I am keeping it together! I have the belief of a five year old, as I mentioned previously. Back onto the topic: the plotline, writing, world and characters were all just incredible. I’m getting the next in the series ASAP! I shall end on this note: Julie Kagawa, you are awesome!...more
Clarissa Fray’s your average girl, with her artistic mother and her slightly-geeky best-friend Simon. Then, one day when she and Simon are hanging outClarissa Fray’s your average girl, with her artistic mother and her slightly-geeky best-friend Simon. Then, one day when she and Simon are hanging out at the club Pandemonium, she witnesses a murder. Only, no one saw the people she knows were there, the ones she saw walk through the crowds with knives, the ones she saw kill the blue-haired boy. When her mother is kidnapped, and Clary finds a demon in her house, she’s suddenly dragged into a new world; the world of the Shadowhunters, demons killers. And before she can get her mother back, Clary will have to accept some hard truths about herself, the people she loves and the world as she once knew it... City of Bones has every supernatural being you could want in one book. Vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, faeries, super-human-demon-hunters: you name it, City of Bones has it. Then there’s the action, fighting, suspense, humour and – of course – the romance. I’ve never come across a book that’s quite so effective in making me laugh one minute and be scared for my characters’ lives the next. The world Clare created was so real, and – more than that – I actually felt like I was there. I even found myself wanting it to be real: I want to live in this world! The mythology is absolutely incredible, and I loved the idea behind the Shadowhunters; they were intriguing, and I cannot wait to learn more about them and their legacy. As for the characters, well, they were outstanding. They were realistic, filled out and created so well that I ended up loving someone I hated, and hating someone I loved. I honestly felt like I knew them, Clary in particular, by the end of the book, and I was actually terrified for them at times. All this is a sign the author has done an amazing job, and that her characters are perfect. I loved Clary, and how much she grew through the book: she went from a ‘mundane’ to a Shadowhunter. Even though she was sometimes the damsel-in-distress, she more than made up for it by being brave, loyal, determined and smart, as well as wonderfully witty and funny. A perfect lead girl. And I loved her best friend, Simon, with his adorably cute, dorky ways, and the way his sense of humour constantly had me laughing. Plus, he had a few surprises up his sleeve... Now, Jace was withdrawn, distant and unable to love, no, scared to love. He honestly believed that “to love is to destroy”, as his father told him when he was a little boy. Despite that, he was brave, self-confident, sarcastic, ironic and slightly cocky. Oh, and very, very, very funny. And I loved him! All the supporting characters were amazing, and the villain was the perfect bad guy. To top it off, they were just as real-feeling as the leads, which is just how I like them. This book’s amazing: I even found myself jotting down quotes, just so I could look over them later and either laugh or go “aww”. The writing is just that good. I could read thousands and thousands of pages about Clare’s world. Then again, I have the next two books, and the prequel... maybe that’s a thousand pages altogether... Everyone said the ending was terrible: an OMG worthy event. I guessed it, quite a way before it was revealed. Nevertheless, I was still ‘OMG’ing when it happened for real... well, in the book. I may also have screamed a little. Yes, the twist is just that bad. A book that makes you laugh, cry, scream and shout, that is chock-full of paranormal beings and mythologies, and the writing is enough – I quote – to make Holly Black’s “toes curl with envy”. This book has put The Mortal Instruments onto my ‘Favourite Series’ list, as well as my ‘Amazing Worlds’ list. I loved it, if you hadn’t gathered.
Oh, quick afterthought: do not, under any circumstances, read synopsises or reviews of City of Ashes before you finish City of Bones. Please, don’t: so many people have and then said it ruined the ending. Trust me, after reading this book, I know that it honestly would....more
I read City of Bones and I was addicted. The moment I finished the book I ran upstairs to get City of Ashes. Although the big twist at the end of theI read City of Bones and I was addicted. The moment I finished the book I ran upstairs to get City of Ashes. Although the big twist at the end of the first didn’t surprise me, I needed to know more. So much so that I didn’t even think to write a review after I finished the second because I just had to read City of Glass. This series is just one of those that are impossible to put down. And even when I’m not reading them, I’m thinking about the characters. I’ve even started to dream about Shadowhunters, but of course not of myself being one. And, may I just say, City of Ashes was even better than its predecessor, something I hadn’t even thought possible. Anyway, onto my actual review. City of Bones left the Clave suddenly without the Angel’s Cup, and the Cup itself in Valentine’s clutches. It also left Clary and Jace reeling in the revelation that they’re siblings. City of Ashes begins with Clary accepting her Shadowhunter heritage and struggling against the feelings she has for her brother, Jace. Simon faces problems as well; both with his own love for Clary and an unforeseen ‘change’ that honestly completely surprised me. And, to make matters even worse, Valentine is back with yet another nefarious scheme that will change the Clave and the world of the Shadowhunters forever. He’s after the Mortal Sword, another Mortal Instrument, and wants to turn it bad. To do this could forfeit the already precarious agreement between the Downworlders and Shadowhunters, as to turn the sword, he needs the blood of a Child of Lilith, a Child of the Moon, a Child of the Night and a Child of Lylic... Just when you think this series couldn’t possibly be any better, it just goes and does. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and refused to let me go. There’s more action, more mythical creatures, more emotion. Just amazing everything. Clary is by far a stronger character now, and not so much a damsel-in-distress (I hate female leads who go running for the guy every time there’s trouble). She’s funny, smart, brave and emotionally strong. I love her! Now, Jace, I love even more. He’s sarcastic, ironic and hilarious. Does anyone else seem to laugh at entirely inappropriate places because of Jace? The scenes between the two bounce between being so beautiful it hurts and then very awkward. Romantic scenes between siblings shouldn’t be so absolutely romantic and amazing. Yet I’m sensing something underneath the surface here, hiding: I don’t think everything’s as it says it is... Simon is the best friend a girl could hope for, and the scenes between him and Clary are real and perfect. Plus, he’s just so cute and nerdy! Now, another duo whose dynamics are just incredible are Alec and Magnus, the gay warlock with glitter in his hair and rainbow leather trousers. Magus is just the best warlock ever, and is also wonderfully sarcastically funny. Oh, and they’re so cute! Somehow, Cassandra Clare has created characters you can either completely fall in love with or hate with all your heart. How she does this? I have no idea. But somehow she does, and I commend her for it. She is by far one of the best authors I’ve come across, and I love every minute of her books. By the way, how does Clare manage to make me cry with laughter one second then just cry the next? And as for her plots, well, let’s just say that while at some points they’re mildly predictable, at others I’m completely thrown. Her stories never disappoint you, from start to finish. Cassandra Clare: one of my very favourite authors ever! I’m going to get back to City of Glass now. Love this series......more
To save her mother, Clary has to go to Idris. The problem with this plan? Jace doesn’t want her to go. And so Clary misses the legal portal opened byTo save her mother, Clary has to go to Idris. The problem with this plan? Jace doesn’t want her to go. And so Clary misses the legal portal opened by Magnus Bane. The result: she has to create her own, very illegal one. This crime could be punishable with death. To make matters worse, Valentine arrives, with an army to crush the Glass City and all in it. But can the hatred between the Downworlders and Shadowhunters be put aside to save all their lives? Just when you think this series can’t get any better, it just goes and does. Cassandra Clare creates such a vivid, realistic world that it’s like I actually travel there. Every time I open one of her books, I’m whipped away into a new life. And then there’s her storylines. Well, let’s just say that they blow me away. There are so many twists, so much action, humour, romance, suspense, despair: I was literally never bored and putting down the book was the hardest thing to do. And I just love seeing how her characters have grown over the three books, with every new character being just as strong as the main ones. Clary, in particular, has grown a lot stronger, and with her newfound gift is a force to be reckoned with. Jace... well, what do you say? I love him! His sense of humour, his sarcasm, his soft side, that stubborn streak. Just: love him. And then there’s Simon, the Daywalker, who is definitely my favourite male-best-friend-from-a-book. His irony is brilliant, and whenever he and Jace are together I end up in stitches. But one character I just have to mention is Magnus Bane: I love him, with his sparkly hair and rainbow-leather pants. Plus he and Alec are the sweetest couple – even if neither of them will admit it. And now for the darker side: Valentine. I can’t read, see or hear that word without hissing, growling or flinching. His evilness is so lifelike I actually feel like he is trying to destroy the world. He’s just one of the bad-guys that makes you scared for the characters all the way through the book. And he’s just so mean. I hate him. He isn’t real, but I hate him. Cassandra Clare is honestly that good. Oh, and there’s a new face for the evil guys. Who may be even worse than Valentine, something before City of Glass I hadn’t thought possible... I laughed, I cried, I feared, I loved, I hated. Twists and turns left me breathless. Questions screamed in my head. My heart pounded. I loved every single second of all four-hundred-and-something pages. Now, from what I understand, this was meant to be the final in The Mortal Instruments series. I can see how: the loose ends were all tied up, all the niggling questions answered. However... I am so glad that it isn’t the end! I just love the entire Shadowhunter world. The mythology, folk lore and pure imagination that go into these books is astounding, and I just want to jump into the pages and live there forever. Since that’s fairly impossible, I’ll settle with my copy of City of Fallen Angels. ...more
The Hunger Games is set it a world where the Capitol watches over the twelve districts, and they are controlling, dangerous, everywhere. It’s a worldThe Hunger Games is set it a world where the Capitol watches over the twelve districts, and they are controlling, dangerous, everywhere. It’s a world where every year, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced into taking part in a horrifying live event known as the Hunger Games, which is seen as a form of entertainment. The citizens are forced to watch as children from their District are brutally murdered, all because the Capitol wants to keep them completely under control. Why? Seventy-five or so years before our story’s set, there was a rebellion that led to the Capitol destroying the thirteenth District. And to show their control and just how easily they could destroy every single district if they so pleased, the Capitol introduced the Hunger Games.
So when Katniss’s twelve-year-old sister Primrose gets chosen, she knows she can’t let her go through that. So she steps forwards to take Prim’s place. Even though it very likely means her own death...
I loved The Hunger Games. I sped through the book, completely and utterly hooked, unable to put it down. It was terrifying: a real psychological thriller, and the scariest thing about it all is, with the way society’s going at the moment, the Hunger Games – or something like them – may become reality. I couldn’t get that out of my head as I read: it was all just so thought-provoking, and at the same time petrifying.
Katniss was a brilliant protagonist: she was so strong and brave. She was just a good ol’ kick-butt heroine, which was so refreshing after all the wimpy, useless damsel-in-distress leads that are in YA fiction so much at the moment. Actually, in that respect and with her smart-mouth attitude, Katniss reminded me quite a bit of Rose, out of Vampire Academy. I admired how level headed, and defiant she was. It felt like I was there with her, feeling all of her emotions, stuck in all the situation with her. As a lead, she was amazing, and I loved the softer side of her, when it briefly shows. It made her feel more real.
Peeta was an amazing male lead, and the complete opposite of Katniss’ attitude. As a brief flashback of Katniss’ reveals that Peeta gave her two loaves of bread when she was younger and starving, and getting punished for doing so, I instantly fell in love. I saw his goodness and his heart, but I wondered why he would risk it. It didn’t matter: I was Team Peeta! And the chemistry between him and Katniss was so believable, and real.
The supporting characters are brilliant too, with little Rue, a twelve year old from District 11, Prim, Gale – Katniss friend from home – and Haymitch. Unlike a lot of books, the characters was fleshed out as well, not just empty vessels, used for a certain conversation. The relationships were perfect and real too; it was all just amazing!
The Hunger Games is non-stop suspense, the plot goes at breakneck speed, and is unbelievably addictive. And although it’s very dark, scary, and atrocious, it was funny at times, as well as having me choke up with tears. Literally an emotional roller coaster that was so vivid it left me dizzy, overwhelmed with all I had felt. I wondered briefly about the bizarre names (Katniss, Rue, Cato, Peeta), before deciding that didn’t matter because I was hooked. I had to finish the book, so I could know what happened.
Suzanne Collins is an absolute genius: she created a world so utterly believable my heart pounded as I read. I can’t get enough, and the ending left me breathless and desperate for more. And her writing was amazing: somehow raw and beautiful at the same time – a combonation I didn’t even think was possible. You seriously have to read this one, because it is absolutely incredible. I’ve already started gushing about it to a friend, telling her she has to read it!
If I had to describe it in one word: epic. ...more
I started reading Catching Fire the moment I finished The Hunger Games. And I only put it down for the bare necessities until I finished. I sat and reI started reading Catching Fire the moment I finished The Hunger Games. And I only put it down for the bare necessities until I finished. I sat and read half the book in a matter of hours. Less, even. It picks up a little while after the first ended; Katniss and Peeta living in Victors Village. Rumours of uprisings. And they’re to blame. So the Capitol and President Snow is out to get them. They want revenge, and will not stop until they’ve got it... It was amazing. I’m honestly not sure how to put all the emotions I felt during it into words. Suzanne Collins has this unnerving knack for creating these incredible, unforeseeable twists that left me shocked, hooked and often terrified. An amazing, amazing gift that she uses unbelievably well. I had no idea where she was going after the first book – after all, what book could possibly come after The Hunger Games, one of the most terrifying and powerful reads I’ve ever gone through? Well, it was completely unpredictable, and completely genius, zooming straight past my expectations and beyond. The perfect sequel, in my opinion. The feel of the book was unbelievably real and intense. I literally felt every emotion. Everything dripped with it: words, actions, threats. Over and over again, I was thrown off balance by some gesture or exchange, and I had no clue what was going on. And I loved it. And, once again, Collins has created an emotional roller coaster that has left my head reeling, my heart pounding and my entire body craving more. It’s so addictive it’s untrue. And I have to say that her cliff-hanger is honestly inhumane. Literally. It left me breathless and shaky. And my draw honestly dropped open. The one good thing about reading a series late is that you don’t have to wait. I have Mockingjay already (yes!), something I am eternally grateful for. It’s hard to say any more without actually giving anything away. Besides, how do you describe a book so incredible you can barely put it into words inside your own head? So, it started off slow – nothing much happened in Part 1 – but from then on took off at that breakneck speed I adored from the first book. Once again everything was completely realistic and believable. Katniss is such a genuine character, it felt like I knew her. I felt all of her emotions; all the confusion and love and pain. Sometimes it was so real it actually hurt. And the supporting cast were perfect and lifelike too. Especially Peeta – the sweet, rational baker who loves Katniss more than anything – and Haymitch – the drunk Victor from the 50th Hunger Games, and coach to Peeta and Katniss. I couldn’t even find anything to pick about in the rather shallow but endearing stylists of Katniss, who come from the Capitol. Everything was... well... perfect. That’s how to describe it. Perfect. With enough emotions to have you petrified, crying, laughing, and hooked, The Hunger Games Trilogy is absolutely amazing so far. It makes me think, feel and believe. I even yelled at it at one point (luckily I was alone, so no one could stare at me like I had completely lost the plot). I love it. Perfect. If you haven’t read this series, what are you waiting for? Go now! This second! The minute this is posted I’m running off to grab my copy of Mockingjay from one of the wobbly piles in my bedroom. Do the same! You will not be disappointed.
Once again I had to pick the next book up as soon as I finished the one before. And I have never wanted to peek at the end more than I did for this boOnce again I had to pick the next book up as soon as I finished the one before. And I have never wanted to peek at the end more than I did for this book. So badly did I want to know that I was this close from breaking one of my most important rules: NEVER Peek. In fact, the only way to keep the part that screamed “PEEK!” under control was to read, read, read, which, of course, was such a hardship. And after I finished I can honestly say I am so glad I didn’t look ahead. It would have ruined everything. Absolutely everything. Ok, babbling over now, I will go on with what I actually thought of the book, rather than what I thought before. All I can say: wow. I didn’t know what Suzanne Collins would do in the last book, because of course she couldn’t have another Hunger Games. What she did was create such an emotionally-charged, powerful story that it left me shocked, and uncertain of what to do after I’d finished. It was amazing: I can’t get it out of my head. To sum Mockingjay up: Katniss has survived yet another Hunger Games and has made the Capitol look like fools once again. Now she has to take up her role as the face of the revolution: she has to become the Mockingjay. However, Peeta’s in the clutches of President Snow, who’s doing God-only-knows what to her fellow victor. And in this war, you can never be sure who to trust, but you have no choice but to finish it. Us or them. Them or us. After all, “If We Burn, You Burn With Us”... The beginning was a little slow, just like it was in Catching Fire, but once the action started... well, the speed of the plot was so fast it was literally break-neck. And it had me completely hooked, addicted, unable to put it down. I like to pride myself in guessing twists, but I honestly couldn’t predict any of the ones in this book. I was just dragged in, tossed around and pulled along. I loved it: best rollercoaster ever. Katniss was different: we got to see her flaws – and let me just say she has a fair few. But instead of making me hate her or like her any less, it just made me love her even more. She’s the strongest person I know (well, read about), yet even she just wants to run and hide at some points in the book, which was almost reassuring to see. After all, it’s these little things that make characters feel real. And Katniss was so real to me that it felt like she was my best friend, or like I was actually her. She’s been damaged by the horrors she had to face in the Hunger Games, haunted by the people she either killed or died because of her act with the berries. Who wouldn’t be? She was only a sixteen-year-old girl when she was first sent into the Games. Sure, she's mature for her age, but she’s still legally a child. I often forget that, but she is. Just a girl who has been used, controlled and damaged over and over... But she isn’t the only one who’s damaged and different, because after everything that has happened to them, Haymitch, Peeta and Gale have all been affected as well. So has the majority of the supporting cast, actually, all because of the Capitol... Is it wrong that I want to kill imaginary people? Or person: namely, Snow? Well, I won’t go into any more detail about the plot, but I have to put down a few of the emotions... Feelings are so hard to describe: I’ve taken a day trying to come up with something to say, how to explain everything. I laughed, cried, gasped with fear, honestly almost screamed or shouted out loud, and more; basically another emotional rollercoaster from a phenomenal author. With the world it’s set it, of course I didn’t expect this to be a cheerful read. But I didn’t expect quite so much emotion, quite so much pain. And all the while I was thinking: Poor Katniss. She doesn’t deserve all of this. That’s how involved it had me: feeling sorry for her, hurting for her. How many books can you honestly say do that? (I’d really like to know, if you have any suggestions!) Everything was a shock, nothing was taken for granted, and Collins constantly had me guessing. The ending left me shocked, mourning, almost lost. So, yet another absolutely extraordinary series to grieve the loss of. The Hunger Games left me Hungry for more, and even though I probably won’t get to meet Katniss again, I can’t wait to see what the genius Ms Suzanne Collins will come up with next. I loved this series – one of my favourites ever, actually – and I really got to know and love all the characters. I’m a little numb at the minute, now that it’s over, and I can’t find the words that do it justice... And I know lots of people didn't like this one... but I loved it. Absolutely loved it. Real or not real? Most certainly real. Just one thing left to say: Still am, always was, and always will be... TEAM PEETA...more
“You are the newest Blue Bloods. Today is your induction into your secret history. Welcome to your new life…" Schuyler Van Alen goes to the prestigious“You are the newest Blue Bloods. Today is your induction into your secret history. Welcome to your new life…" Schuyler Van Alen goes to the prestigious Duchesne School – a school full of socialites and the ridiculously wealthy. But even though the Van Alen family is so deeply intertwined with Manhattan history the two are indistinguishable, Schuyler has always felt like an outsider in her society. But, as it turns out, she's part of a group of outsiders. A group of gorgeous, rich and powerful vampire elitists. Schuyler is a Blue Blood – a vampire. She's immortal – she will never die. Understandably, it's a lot to take in. Taking it all in gets a lot harder when the fellow Blue Blood and super-rich-and-popular Jack Force reveals that Blue Bloods – who, according to The Committee, cannot be killed; by anyone or anything – are being murdered. Forever. With no returning. Something is hunting the Blue Bloods – an old and ancient foe that no one, especially The Committee, want to admit exists. And it's hunting Schuyler now. Nothing is as it first seems. No one are how they first seem to be. And no Blue Blood is safe... Man, I love this book! I don't know what it is – it is just totally addictive! And so original! I absolutely adored the vampire lore – and my taste of high-society-American-life. And all the mystery: damn, it was hooking! Blue Bloods was like Gossip Girl meets Vampire Diaries meets CSI. Awesome! And damn do I want to be a Blue Blood! It’s just all so very cool! Well, aside from crazies stalking them and blood lust and whatever... And the weird twinny-thingy. Still. Minor technicalities… Onto Schuyler... I liked Sky. She was weird, unique and wonderfully odd – oh, and funny, sweet and brave, too. But mostly awesomely weird. I like weird. And I like a girl who always, always sticks to her guns – and Sky never backed down, not ever. She was awesome. Oh, and her best friend Oliver was brilliant too – he was such a sweetie. But what is it with best friends crushing on other best friends who don't return their crush? Seriously, people: what's with that?! Even so, I loved Oliver. I loved Jack too. He was... yum. Sure, he was very very easily manipulated (damn, his twin was evil!) but I still liked him a lot – he was so... noble, almost. I guess that's what immortality does to you. I'm intrigued about where he’ll go next. But that bond with his sister? Freaky with a capital F… It also didn't help that I really wasn't overly keen on Mimi. I just didn't like the girl – she was too reckless, too cold, too... Mimi. But now I just have to gush about this world! I mean, the vampire lore is some of the coolest and most original I've ever come across – I just gobbled it up! And I so wanna be a Blue Blood! The mythology is all so rich and detailed and wonderfully built up: I loved it and totally believed everything. But onto the more... upper-class-ish side of the world building... Now, as a total fashion bimbo, I must say that I don't get all the designer brand stuff. So I will admit that the extensive name dropping and clothes description wasn't my favourite part of the story. But then I was like, ‘Hey. This is a book about the one-percenters and to them, this stuff is every day.’ The lavishness of everything just added to the high society atmosphere and made me feel, for a bit anyways, like a hot, fanged, rich-rich-rich girl with designer everything and immortality to boot! Seriously, can I be a Blue Blood? I found de la Cruz's writing irresistible. It was so gorgeous and so utterly hooking. I liked how we got to see from lots of people's perspectives, even if sometimes I wasn't overly sure whose head I was in at the time (it jumped occasionally within sections, which threw me a bit at times). But even so: so utterly gorgeous. And as for the whole mystery, plot-line side: hot damn, it was awesome! It was a little slow to begin with, but the suspense... Well, it just built from the word go. I was tugged right into the heart of the mystery, totally hooked and absorbed. I could not stop reading – not for anything. And if anyone had tried to take my book away whilst I was reading... Well, I would've ripped their arm off to get it back: I simply had to continue reading and I just had to know how everything ended. And I must say, I was surprised by a lot of the twists. Not all of them, but some. So, if you haven't read Blue Bloods and are looking for an utterly different and unique take of vampires, this is for you. But here's a little warning: you will not be able to put this book down no matter how hard you try, so don't expect to get much else done the day you read it. God knows I didn't. But don't say I didn't warn you guys: you will want to read it in one sitting and you will be dying to pick up Masquerade the second you put Blue Bloods down. Speaking of, where the heck have I put my copy of Masquerade? I simply must know what happens next! I gots to know, people! What can I say? I'm utterly hooked....more
Before I Die is about Tessa Walker, a sixteen year old girl who’s dying from leukaemia. She’s made up a list – ten things she wants to do before she dBefore I Die is about Tessa Walker, a sixteen year old girl who’s dying from leukaemia. She’s made up a list – ten things she wants to do before she dies. And the first is sex. But she quickly finds out that doing the things on her list isn’t going to be easy, as well as realising that all the little things are what’s important. Hugging your best friend, talking to your brother, holding your father’s hand. These are what make life special, and you only realise just how special they are when you know you won’t have them for much longer. This book was amazing – beyond amazing. No book I’ve ever read has affected me as much as this one did. It was just so beautiful, in a horrible, devastating way. The emotions were so real, the characters felt so real, and everything Tessa went through or thought felt like it was happening to me. This is the second book in a row to leave me completely uncertain of what to do, how to live after it (Delirium was the first, read my review: here). Before I Die left me an absolute mess; overwhelmed by sadness, while stunned by the beauty at the same time. I’m no stranger to cancer: my grandfather died from it when I was quite young. But I also had a friend who died from it at the age of eleven, having fought it for four or five years. I remember going to her funeral, thinking of how brave and amazing she’d been, and wondered what she’d felt. I decided it was impossible; I had never been dying, so I couldn’t imagine. Then I read Before I Die. Nothing prepared me for the emotions in it. Towards the end, I could barely see the pages through all my tears. I have no idea how Jenny Downham managed to make her writing so authentic and heartfelt. All I know is that this book is one of my very favourites. Ever. Tessa was amazing, and I really felt like I got to know her like a best friend, like I was there with her all the way through. While accepting her prognosis, it’s obvious she’s furious about it. She’s a mess of emotions, full of longing about the life she knows she can’t have. But even through the frustration, she had a sense of humour – admittedly, it was kind of dark, but I loved it, and she really made me laugh. The way she approached everything was funny at times, but at the same moment was horrible, painful, and so heartbreakingly sad. I’ve never read a book that made me feel such a muddle of emotions, and I loved how the writing meant I was able to smile through my tears. Tessa’s hope, bravery and life was contagious, and I found myself praying for a miracle, hoping with all my heart that it would turn out differently for her. I wanted her to be ok, more than I’ve ever wanted anything in a book. I have to mention the amazing supporting characters, Tessa’s dad in particular. He gave up absolutely everything to take care of his daughter, desperately searching for a cure for her. There’s a quote from Tessa right near the end of the book where she silently tells her father: ‘Dad... For hours you sat in hospitals and never, not once, complained. You brushed my hair like a mother should. You gave up work for me, friends for me, four years of your life for me. You never moaned. Hardly ever. You let me have Adam. You let me have my list. I was outrageous. Wanting, wanting so much. And you never said, ‘That’s enough. Stop now’.’ If that doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, and make you love her father I don’t know what will. This explains him better than I can. Then there’s her younger brother Cal, who’s acting brave, but inside is obviously hurting over losing his big sister. There are some really sweet, touching and moving conversations between the two of them, and I often ended up crying during them. Tessa’s best friend Zoey was pretty amazing too. She really loved Tessa, and was so brave during it all. It was her help that crossed Number One off the list, and she continues to help Tessa, even after she has a little drama of her own (one that I saw coming). Then, finally, there’s Adam. Number Eight: love. And Adam’s the one who helps her achieve this. Their relationship was beautiful, and Adam was almost heroic in my eyes: he loves Tessa so much. (I have to mention that there are a couple of pretty intense sexual references between the two that aren’t suitable for younger teens.) But you have to read it to see why he’s so incredible. Because he really, truly is – in my point of view at least. Tessa’s story just made me stop and think about all the little things. Yes, this is a book about death and dying, but it shows you just how important life is. An unbelievably uplifting, life-affirming novel that made me race to get to the end, all the while hoping it would be different to how I knew it would be. Her story was to the point, but the writing was hauntingly beautiful; so powerful and so full of hope. I’ll be seriously worried if readers of Before I Die don’t cry at some point during the book. No matter how old you are – fourteen, twenty-five or forty – this book and this character will stay with you forever. I’m still randomly bursting into tears as I think back over a certain quote, scene or the book as a whole. This book moved me more than any ever has before, and it was all so horribly real, and breathtakingly beautiful. If you’re planning on reading this book, make sure you have a box of tissues with you, because, trust me, you will need them....more