Lena Haloway had a plan. She would run away from the loveless society with her true love, Alex. Only, he didn’t make it, and Lena is all alone in theLena Haloway had a plan. She would run away from the loveless society with her true love, Alex. Only, he didn’t make it, and Lena is all alone in the Wilds. Feverish and close to death, Lena is taken in by Raven, an Invalid and member of the Resistance. She tries to stay strong, to forget about her old life, as she struggles to adapt to life in the Wilds. But that was then. Now Lena is an undercover part of the Resistance. But leaving your old life and love behind is harder than Lena ever imagined, even when you have a whole new purpose, a whole new life and perhaps more as well… I adored Delirium. I felt so much throughout the book and was left desperate for more. And, my God, did Pandemonium lives up to all my expectations – exceed them, actually! Once I started reading, I just couldn’t stop. It was amazing, beyond words. I felt every moment, saw every single thing and was left going out of my mind, desperate for more, more, more! And Lena, oh how I’ve missed you! I loved seeing the two sides of Lena – the “Then” and the “Now”. The “Then” Lena seemed so vulnerable, yet unbreakable. Meanwhile, the “Now” Lena was impossibly strong and determined. She just surprised me completely with her resilience, her hardness, her new-found unshakable strength, her dedication to the cause. While she loved so much, she hated equally. Both Lenas were so strong, yet so lost… I love this girl, seriously! Julian Fineman, son of the head of DFA – Deliria-Free America. He was so strong. And so sweet! He had this feeling of vulnerability, of innocence, that just made me want to protect him. I don’t know why. And as much as I loved and missed Alex, I really did love Julian too. I loved the relationship between Lena and Julian: how Lena was now the one opening Julian’s eyes, as Alex once did for her. I loved seeing how their relationship changed from mistrust and loathing on Lena’s part to friendship and trust, maybe more… The pressure, the chemistry, the heat just built up and up and man, I felt it! Yet despite this and how much I loved Julian, I was just screaming: ‘But I want Alex. I miss Alex…’ Even more than that, I loved all of the new characters to pieces; they gave the story a whole new feel, a whole new dimension. I loved all the Invalids, the resistance, especially little Sarah and Blue, Hunter, Tack and most of all Raven. Raven was kinda brash and to-the-point, totally in command of everyone and the homestead and one of my favorite characters ever! She was firm, yet fair and sweet – and I really loved all of her mantras and protectiveness, and the way we slowly got to know the real Raven. Again, I must say: My God, how amazing this world is! It’s so three-dimensional; it’s real and alive in my head. So beautiful and so horrible. I still haven’t gotten over the whole love-as-a-disease thing. I mean, how did Lauren think of that? It’s so brilliant, ingenious. And I loved all the different aspects of the world we get to see, all the different people, even if it wasn’t all nice! I adored the writing in Delirium and I loved the writing in Pandemonium even more. Beautiful, raw and powerful; once more I felt everything Lena felt, saw everything she saw. There was just non-stop action and I loved every second. And the gorgeous writing was made all the more brilliant by the split narratives – Now and Then. It was confusing to begin with, but I quickly came to love this double timeline, eating it all up, unable to put it down. This split POV made the plot even more amazing! It was intense, action-packed, amazing. And the ending? Oh. My. God! I NEED Requiem. I’ll go INSANE if I can’t read it soon! Miss Oliver? Darn it, you’ve done it again! Yet, despite the intensity and new storyline, I found Pandemonium just as emotional as Delirium, which made me laugh as I cried – something I did a lot. Pandemonium was emotional, but in a whole new and wonderfully powerful way. I loved every second, hated who Lena hated, loved who she loved, missed everyone she missed until it hurt. And God, it was amazing… Addictive, powerful, emotional, intense, compelling and beautiful, Pandemonium is a book you must read. Even if you only read two books, ever, read this and Delirium!...more
The Alchemists are a secret society. Their goal is to protect humans from vampires. Then to keep their existence from the public. And then... well, itThe Alchemists are a secret society. Their goal is to protect humans from vampires. Then to keep their existence from the public. And then... well, it doesn't really matter. All that matters is that vampires themselves are pretty low in the list of priorities. And getting chummy with a vampire is enough to get you sent to the Alchemists' idea of a psychiatric unit, known as a Re-Education Centre, where any warm feelings towards vampires will be programmed right out of your system. Alchemist Sydney Sage is hidden at a private boarding school, charged with the task of keeping the young Moroi princess safe and hidden, for fear of a civil war among the vampires. Should war break out, not only will Jill's life be at risk and used as a pawn to get to the vampire Queen, but the entire species and hidden world will be revealed to humanity - something the Alchemists simply cannot allow. So as Sydney is, in the Alchemist's eyes, far too close to her charges, can she manage to keep out of the Re-Education Centre, separate her duty and feelings - especially as a new threat is rising, one that will change everything? Will Sydney go with her very logical head or her very conflicting heart? Oh, how I have waited, longed and pined for this book! It's been so long that I started to go into VA withdrawal (it's not pretty, trust me, what with the shakes, longing to get a promise tattoo on the back of my neck and the dreams about Dimitri and Adrian. Though the last one isn't actually bad at all...). And finally, FINALLY, it's here! And along with it came insanely high expectations. Good ol' Richelle Mead did not disappoint! I was unable to put The Golden Lily down, laughing, heart all nice and fluttery whenever Adrian was there! This series just gets better and better and better. I'm not sure if I can find the words to describe how much I loved this book, or to explain how desperate, desperate, DESPERATE, for the next book I am! How am I meant to it months and months and MONTHS?! Sigh. Back to the Adrian fantasies... God, I have no idea how Richelle creates characters I love so much it actually hurts, but she does. And ol’ Sydney is really growing on me – so much so I love her just as much as Rose and, this bit shocked me, I didn’t miss Rose at all! I couldn’t believe it! But Sydney is so awesome and I love her dry sense of humour and wit. She’s ridiculously clever, but she’s so bad, and therefore very funny, in social situations! But Sydney is protective and supportive and never lets anyone tell her what to do. And Adrian, oh! Just when I thought I couldn't possibly love Adrian any more: Bam! Oh, how I love him! Funny, witty, adorable, complex Adrian, with that irresistibly adorable protective streak! He’s so strong, but has this vulnerable side that makes me wanna hug him and kiss him and tell him everything will be fine because he's perfect. And, I've changed my mind: I am now Team Adrian! I love Jill – she’s so cute and she kills me, with her hyperness, and rambling habit. I love seeing how she’s grown and matured; she’s really starting to act like the princess she is. Eddie: I love him! He’s so dedicated and determined and protective and I hated seeing him in pain! As for Angeline, the new addition, she killed me! She wasn’t adjusting very well to life at school and her bonkersness just killed me; her wildness and cheekiness really made me laugh too! And who can blame a girl for crushin’ on the lovely Eddie? And YES, Dimka is here too, with his wonderful “Zen-Master Wisdom”! I just loved the interactions between the 'relatives'. The story was very much about the family, their antics and bonding - and it was all so funny and cute and they all really did feel like a family. But what was best by far was the bond between Adrian and Sydney. I just loved how protective of one another they were – they both took care of each other and believed in one another when no one else did. But with all that emotion and desire… how the heck has Sydney managed to keep her hands off him?! If I met Adrian, a million Guardians couldn’t stop me! Now, Richelle Mead is, quite frankly, one of my very favourite authors ever! Her writing is utterly addictive, fast-paced and hilarious. Her plots are action-packed and normally have unforeseeable and huge twists. Her characters are so real and padded out and believable and utterly loveable. She has a way of writing that has me hooked start to finish and leaves me going insane for more. And this world: man, I love it; I wish I could move there! And, again, I love the inside-Alchemist-look: I love knowing more about why they're how they are. And with a new paranormal being, this world got a zillion times more amazing that it already was (pure awesomeness incarnate), making it infinitely amazing! And as for the other new secret thing... can't wait to see where that one goes! Magical, awesome, addictive and action packed, The Golden Lily just raised the barrier paranormal books will be judged by a million, squillion, zillion metres. It exceeded all my expectations and made me fall head over heels in love - again. I swear, this series just keeps getting better and better. I wouldn't be lying by saying I could read it forever and ever. I read this book as fast as I possibly could, but didn't ever want it to end. I stayed up till the wee hours to devour it, and was desperate for more the moment I set it back down. Word of warning: don't pick this series up if you have stuff to do or want to sleep or something. You won’t be able to stop reading. But seriously, if you haven't read this series, please, please, PLEASE pick it up right now! It's the most amazing set of books ever and I can't begin to find the words for how utterly incredible The Golden Lily was or how much I loved it. All I know is I'm desperate for more Adrian, to jump right back into the world. Urgh, why did I read it now?! I have to wait a year for the next book! So, Ms Mead, I must tell you I am now in the middle of a totally legitimate medical emergency. VAA. Vampire Academy Addiction. So, please, give me more - STAT! Especially of that last chapter... But please, before I go into withdrawal!...more
It’s been three months since Eldest died and since Elder took over running Godspeed. He only wants to make life better, but the pressure is intense anIt’s been three months since Eldest died and since Elder took over running Godspeed. He only wants to make life better, but the pressure is intense and a rebellion is threatening to destroy the life they know.
While Amy wants to help him become the leader she knows he can be, she is fighting with secrets of her own and the pain of never seeing her parents again.
As the terrible truth about Godspeed is revealed, Amy is determined to follow the clues left to her and her alone, certain they hold the key to their survival.
They need to get off of Godspeed.
Before the mutiny pulls it apart…
I absolutely adored Across the Universe, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! But because I loved the first so much, I was really worried A Million Suns wouldn’t be able to live up to it. I should have known better than to underestimate Miss Revis! A Million Suns was a book as beautiful as it was utterly shocking – literally everything was unexpected, a total surprise. And I loved: Every. Single. Second!
Oh, I love Elder! He had so much responsibility now, but he was strong and clever and a frexing good leader in my opinion – yeah, it’s all the others who are wrong! And through it all, through everything going on, Elder was sweet and brave and cute, always doing what was best for the ship and his people, no matter what. This just made me love him more! And seeing all his childhood memories made me even more real.
Amy was so much stronger now than she was in Across the Universe. I really don’t know how she kept going – I would have fallen apart from the word go. I loved her sense of humor, her determination, her snark. All of the things she was struggling with – keeping her parents frozen, trying to remember Earth –really broke my heart. She really had to fight to keep her own identity, and I admired her so, so much for that.
The relationship between Elder and Amy felt so, so real – even more so than in Across the Universe. I loved seeing them get to know each other. And oh my God, I really felt it this time: felt the confusion, the hunger, the pure love.
Even more, though, I found it intriguing, getting to know the Previous Elder better. I, of course, hated him by the end of Across the Universe, but I did start it off liking him. I loved how we slowly go to see why he did what he did, who he really was. But who is he, you may ask? Well, read the book and find out!!
Again, I have to touch on how real the world and characters all felt. That’s what I loved about the first book, and something I still felt in A Million Suns. Even though it was a rather unbelievable place, the way Revis described everything just made it so real to me. Love it! The world building Revis does is one of the best and most thought-out ones I’ve read!
The plot was… well, just incredible. I had no idea where it was going and I swear I was literally, physically gaping at times. There were so many secrets to discover, so many clues to keep me guessing. The plot was just like a treasure hunt, the kind I had as a little kid with Easter eggs. This book? Just as rewarding as nummy chocolate! And the ending? Well, I need Shades of Earth. NOW!
The writing I also adored. The split POV lets us see into all the action, all the emotions and let us really get to know Amy and Elder. What I love most about the writing is that I see everyting I my head: the ship, the people, Amy, Elder, everything. Simple and descriptive, my favorite kind of writing!
All the twists, turns and secrets made A Million Suns so exciting! I was hooked to every single word. And how, how, how can they make us wait until March 2013 for the next book? HOW?!
Rant over. In other words? Absa-frexing-brilly! (Sorry, I just love Revis’ slang!)...more
We’ll start with a little rambling, before the spoilers (and more rambling) begins… City of Lost Souls is engrossing, all consuming. I left the house wWe’ll start with a little rambling, before the spoilers (and more rambling) begins… City of Lost Souls is engrossing, all consuming. I left the house without it and nearly went stark raving insane wondering what would happen next. It's one of those books that you simply can't put down without going round the bend! If you're planning on reading any book in this series, make sure you clear out a whole day or two so you can read it without distractions! Or, unlike stupid ol' me, DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!!! Spoilers begin now… "Kill me, little sister. Kill me, and you kill Jace, too..." Jace Wayland disappeared the night Lilith died – along with her and Valentine's son Sebastian, the boy with ebony eyes and demon blood in his veins. The Clave has been searching for them ever since and Clary has almost killed herself with worry. She thinks she's imagined the worse until she runs into Jace and Sebastian. And sees that Jace... isn't her Jace anymore. He's evil, bound to Sebastian forever. Everyone thinks he's beyond saving. Believes he's evil now too. Apart from the ones closest to him, the ones willing to do anything to get their Jace back. Even if it means breaking every single rule ever made. Or, in Clary's case, risking her life to get more information, risking Jace's soul, as she tries to find a way to bring him back to her... Y'know how you pick up a book cause you can't sleep and want to find out how it starts, and then end up reading two hundred odd pages and stay up til three AM? CoLS? So that book. Really I should have known better; after all, Clare has kept me reading way into the night before. Really I only have myself to blame, thinking I would be able to stop reading a book with Jace Wayland and Magnus Bane and Simon Lewis in for any other reason than I was about to pass out from exhaustion. Stupid Meg! But, man, was it worth it! I couldn't put it down (lack of sleep fainting aside) and was totally absorbed and invested in the plot and characters. This series will never get old to me, not when there are so many wonderfully snarky characters and such a kickass world I've already got my bags packed, ready to move there like right now! But how, how, how am I meant to wait months and months and months for the next book?! Damn stupid waiting! I need more: NOW!! The characters… I’m sorry, but I warned you about the rambling, people… Jace, even with your evil on you are utterly irresistible. And seeing Izzie's memories of Jace as a kid – just break my heart why don't you! I love Jace so much – even twisted Jace. But is it wrong that I love the not-Jace? He still has the snark and wit... Oh, who cares. That boy is darn irresistible. Clary Fray... I like Clary, I really do. But are you an idiot?! C'mon, self-destructive much? Still, I love how much tougher and kickass she's gotten, how awesome she is at fighting. Well done Clary! But she was selfish. Clary, Clary, Clary. Why, why, oh why did you have to become one of those girls? Magnus Bane, oh, how I love you! He is so cute and funny and eccentric and just so... Magnus! He is just my favourite! He makes me giggle and he really brought humour into otherwise crappy situations. He himself said that he was "not a hero", but he loved Alec enough to stay and fight. I love him so much for that. And Simon, oh how I adore you! Sweet, loving, warm, so, so human Simon who is just the best-hearted person in the whole book. He’s really the hero of the story, the one who was pure and sweet and good and... well, I just love my "Warrior of Heaven"! I love Izzy, the fierceness and how she's totally independent, would do anything to help the ones she loved. She may look cold and hard, but she's so vulnerable inside, beneath the hard-ass-ness of her – and beneath the whip, too! Oh, Alec! I love you so much but don’t do that! Stupidity aside, my heart broke to see how horrid the other Shadowhunters treated him – they aren’t open-minded when it comes to sexuality… Sebastian... I hate him! He is an even better villain than Valentine – meaning, he's even MORE dreadful! He has such believable motivations and reasons for his craziness – but don’t think that I don’t want to jump into the book and muder him dead! He was truly intriguing and terrifying! I adore all of the characters in this book, but I just loved how some of the more minor characters got starring roles in this. I loved getting to know some of the characters I didn't really know that well before. Maryse Lightwood really came through for me: how much she loved Jace just really made me warm to her. I loved Simon's sister Becky: she was so sweet and added a perfect feel to the story. And I love the couples in this book. Simon and Izzie were perfect, even if they weren't exactly 'official'. Jace and Clary I've always loved 'cause they belong together. But Magnus and Alec were my all-time favourite. They were PERFECT! And so darn cute! If they don't work out, I will cry my eyes out. I'm warning you two! The 'bromance' between Sebastian and the not-Jace was intriguing. I hated what Sebastian had done to Jace, but their banter made me laugh nonetheless! Oh and how the hell does Clare write in the way that makes me unable – like, physically unable – to put down her books? How does she make me feel like I'm right there in the world, with all the others, like I'm a Shadowhunter too and there for the action? I've decided how. Cassandra Clare is MAGIC! And COLS may have had the best plot of the series. It was just non-stop and super-fast, and I loved how some of my favourite minor-ish characters got their own chunk of the story line. COLS was just jam-packed with subplots and suspense. It was addictive and could so easily have been confusing, but it just wasn't. However, the problem with following many various characters' stories is that there will inevitably be some you don't like as much and some you to find and carry on with their story. Though they grew on me, the ones I wasn't so excited about were Maia and Jordan. The ones I skipped for? Always Jace and Clary. And also Magnus and Alec. And Simon and Izzie. It's not that I didn't like the Jordan-Maia scenes, some were actually pretty hot, just that I didn't feel as connected to them, as fond of them. Nonetheless, this book addictive! It was fast-paced and exciting and absorbing. Perfection! And God, I wanna move to this world. Like, so bad it's driving me insane! I wanna be a Shadowhunter, have a Seraph blade and kick demon butt! Book Fairy, PLEASE let me wish my way into this world! PLEASE! It's honestly crazy how much I love this series. If you ask me, it just keeps on getting better and better. I know there are fans who disagree, but I love it so, so much. I guess those are the ones who thought it was just a trilogy and never thought more books would come out. I always thought it was a series and read it as such. I just adore everything about this series – and this book. Sure, there were not-so-good bits, but the story and characters and world just outshine everything and anything. It's almost intoxicating. God, I love it... But, WHY, WHY, WHY must I wait a year for the next book!?!?! I'm going to go insane! Ok, I could go on and on and on about this book – well, more than I already have. I loved it so much I'm not sure if all my rambling has even done this incredible book justice. I loved it do much I couldn't put it down, couldn't stop reading until I passed out from exhaustion. And now I've begun the rambling again... What I was trying to say was that this book, this amazing, pure awesome book, is so good I can't even tell you. So all I'm gonna say is read it. Read the series – PLEASE. I know you'll love them just as much as me – how COULDN'T you?! So please, even if you're sick of paranormals or don't like them, please, please, please read these. I'll love you forever if you do!...more
After reading this I found myself dreaming of Robin Hood and his band of men. It was almost as awesome as reading it all over again. Not quite, but alAfter reading this I found myself dreaming of Robin Hood and his band of men. It was almost as awesome as reading it all over again. Not quite, but almost… *sighs* Robin... "What, a whip of a lad and a few pin sticks?" I smiled at that, and Rob chuckled. "You don't want to know what those pin sticks can do." Will Scarlet is one of Robin Hood's most devoted men, known for his skilled hand and quick temper. But the truth about him is known only to a selected few - Will Scarlet is not a man at all, but a girl. And while few know Scarlet's true identity, none know the story of her past. It is her most closely guarded secret, one she herself barely likes to think about. Until Lord Gisbourne, a thief taker, returns, threatening to tear her and all of Nottingham apart, here with the task of getting rid of Robin Hood, once and for all... And if Gisbourne discovers Scarlet... Then he will live up to his name of "The Devil"... It's fair safe to say, that this book were like nothin' I'd read 'fore. Ok, that was my one and only attempt at sounding like Scar. I totally failed, but hey. I just loved everything about this book so much I simply had to give it a shot! Anyway, back to the review: I'm rather ashamed to say that other than the animated Disney movie, I don't really know the Robin Hood legend. (Ducks to avoid disapproving looks.) I've never read a book on it. So I was insanely excited to read Scarlet. Just a few pages in, I realised that I would not be disappointed! What really struck me was how real Scar felt to me and how authentic her voice was. Oh, and how utterly swoonsworthy both Rob and John were. I just loved this book to absolute pieces and can't wait for my Robin Hood book or for Gaughen's next book (Hopefully a mix of the two!!)! I loved how real all of the characters were, how they really jumped off of the page. Scarlet was rough round the edges, but she was quick, smart, caring and could totally take care of herself - plus, I loved her snark and independence! She really was a "Warrior Woman" and had to be the strongest girl ever, in the history of YA fiction. I just loved her: her awesomeness and hidden vulnerability, how relatable and real and totally badass she was. And I loved that she was so caring – she went without food to feed everyone else, was willing to do anything to keep the ones she loved safe and never let anyone tell her what to do: she was so flawed and it made me love her even more. So, yay Scar! And Rob was yummy. Noble, kind, gorgeous, caring Robin who was just trying to protect his people. Tortured, moody, gorgeous, intense Robin Hood... Oh, I'm in love with a guy a cartoon fox was based on. Go figure! I loved John too: he was brave and funny and protective and also so, so yummy! Much was the final member of the band and such a sweetie! I really loved Lena and Tuck too - they were both awesome! But I really loved the relationship between the band. Sure, there was 'the triangle', but they all really felt like a family. The one I didn't love was Sir Gisbourne, 'cause he was evil and made my skin crawl. Grr! The style of writing Scarlet had was a little tricky to get used to at the start - it was rough and she left out letters, etc. - but I quickly came to love it 'cause it was just so Scarlet! And even though the old-time-peasant speak was odd at first, soon I barely even noticed it. I was way too wrapped up in Scar, Nottingham and the plot. Which I adored! There was just so much action, so much suspense, so much awesomeness! And the total desperation of knowing the truth about Scar's past. But, man was it suspenseful! My heart was roaring like mad, I was always on the edge of my seat and I never saw most of it coming. Hence: just wow! The only niggling thing about the book, the only thing I could say was not as good, was that I felt the love triangle wasn't really needed. With everything else going on, the suspense was enough, without an added who-will-she-pick? side. Then again, when you have one girl in the middle of three boys, spending all their time together, what do you expect? We're just lucky it wasn't a love square! Poor Scar was torn enough without the added cuteness of Much! Oh, and I just have to mention the setting, because it was just so awesome! I love historical novels - there's something so magical about the part about books set in the past. They're like little time travel machines. And this time zone. Man, I could just whiz right back into the book/time machine and live there forever and ever. Ergo: I must read more Robin Hood books, especially if they're even half as good as this! With a band of merry - and yummy - men, one kickass lead girl and a legend that just jumped right off the page, Scarlet was an amazing, amazing debut, one I loved to pieces! It was just so darn addictive and I hated that I was so busy when I was reading it. I could of happily read it all in one go! Though spreading it out did make the magic last... Which is good, 'cause I am now officially head over heels in love with Rob. I'm gonna sit here a few moments to get my heart back in order, then I'm going to wish, wish, wish that there's another book coming out after this one really, really soon! Oh, dammit! I want more Scar and Robin! I may have to reread the book...!...more
4¾ Out of 5 "Fae runs thicker than blood, quicker than water and wild as wind..." Glory comes from a long line of witches. Her mum Edie was a witch - an4¾ Out of 5 "Fae runs thicker than blood, quicker than water and wild as wind..." Glory comes from a long line of witches. Her mum Edie was a witch - an unregistered one, hunted by the Inquisition. Glory's dad thinks Edie left to protect them. But thanks to amazingly vivid dreams, Glory knows differently. Her mother was burnt at the stake. And yet for as long as she can remember, Glory has prayed to be a witch. It's her birth-right, a way to bring glory back to her coven. Lucas comes from a long line of Witchfinders, proud members of the Inquisition and hunters of those with the Fae. When he is older, he will be a Witchfinder too... These two teens from such different backgrounds develop the Fae on the very same day, years before it usually appears. From then on in, they must forge a shaky allegiance, as the two prodigies fight to bring down a powerful coven. While also fighting for their lives... I've always loved magic books. And I love paranormal books too. But have you noticed that lots of them kinda... blur together? They're all rather similar in places? The same kinda thing regurgitated a little differently gets boring after too long... But not Burn Mark. It's original, edgy, fast-paced, awesome and just so, so amazing! The minute I entered the world, I knew I never, ever wanted to leave. I cannot tell you how awesome it was! So if you're sick of cookie-cutter paranormal, you must check this one out... NOW! I'll be waiting...! ;) Seriously, though. I’ve always had a really morbid fascination with the witch trials. I did a project on them in high school and can still remember how dreadful they were – but it all intrigued me anyway. I think it’s because I want to be a witch. So what with the creepy intrigue and witchy wishes, I knew I’d love this book! I had such high expectations and it managed to exceed every single one. I’m gonna just get on with my review, ‘cause now I’m just rambling excitedly in my head. It was just that good! One of the many things I loved about this book was the characters and their relationships: they all felt really, really real to me. Like I knew the main characters so well they were my best friends. I loved Glory, our heroine: she was strong, brave, bold, street-smart and sarcastic. She was rougher and more reserved than Lucas, and therefore took longer to get to know; but once I did, I loved her! Lucas was someone I liked more-or-less instantly: he was cheeky, smart and also rather sarcastic. Something about his smooth, confident character was just so automatically loveable! Their relationship was amazingly done: how differently they both reacted to their newfound power, how their personalities were so different is some ways and identical in others. I loved how the distrust and hate slowly changed as they got to know one another: it was done masterfully. All the other characters were just as well padded out as the leads, all so believable and real. Some I instantly knew were good. Some I instantly knew were bad. And some I just couldn't figure out. As I said before - amazing. I must mention Trey Morgan real quick: he was such a conflicting character, one I loved trying to figure out! I can’t wait to see where he goes! Laura Powell’s writing was simply amazing: beautiful, descriptive and horrid at times! I could feel the fire burning through Glory's dream, see and smell another witch burning though Lucas... Dreadful, incredible, addictive! And there was split POV between Glory and Lucas (happy dance)! Their voices were both unique: you could hear their different backgrounds in their speech. The plot… just, whoa! It was brilliant, and although the start wasn't as fast as the rest of the book, I just didn't care - I was too busy lapping up the world! And when the action kicked off - man did it kick off! Twisty and fast-paced, I loved every second and had no idea where everything was going. And I just have to mention the world, because it was amazing! It was horrible, but in the most brilliant way possible. The world building and backstory was mind-blowing – Powell took historical events and seamlessly changed them, adding witches to Nelson's fight against the French, etc. But the best bit was definitely the Mafia-mob side of the story: it was awesome and so original! Organised witch crime! How cool?! I just loved everything: the description of the world, of the Fae (Seventh Sense), how witches lived, gang war-witch terrorism and the fact that EastEnders will now be for the rest of time a witch soap in my head! But seriously, this world was just so real, it was like I’d moved there. It was just that good. And I totally want the Fae now. It’s awesome. A totally original, breath-taking, action-packed, magical, gritty book that left me breathless and desperate for more, more, more! With a strong, kickbutt female lead, a totally cute and brave male lead, a few added hotties and baddies and the most awesome witchcraft ever Burn Mark had me hooked and on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Don’t you just love it when a book is so much more than you ever thought it could be 0 when it exceeds all your expectations? Me too! Which is why I’m recommending this to you all! It’s awesome, magical, addictive, incredible - with world you just wanna dive right into! I cannot wait for Laura's next book - especially if it's about Lucas and Glory!...more
4¼ Out of 5 “I wonder how long I was dead. Because I know with absolute certainty that I was. Dead. And I also know with absolute certainty that someho4¼ Out of 5 “I wonder how long I was dead. Because I know with absolute certainty that I was. Dead. And I also know with absolute certainty that somehow - even though it defies any logical explanation - Ben Michaels brought me back.” Janelle's life is far from perfect. Her mother is bipolar and barely manages to get out of bed. Her father is a full-time FBI agent who is hardly ever there. Janelle is responsible for her brother, trying to play the mother while also trying to be a normal teen. She doesn't realise how dead she feels until she is actually, physically dead. Hit by a car. Very definitely dead. And then... brought back. Healed. Alive. Someone restarting her silent, broken heart, leaning over her with worried brown-black eyes. This person – the one who heals her – loves her. Very, very much. But surely, surely, there is something bigger going on. Right? Possibly something that is linked to the series of mysterious and bizarre cases Janelle's dad is investigating. Like her own. The car – the one that killed her - is unregistered, created by a car company no one has ever heard of. As if the car just... appeared. Out of nowhere. The driver, a John Doe, who died after hitting her. He died in his car. Only, he seems to have died from extensive radiation burns - injuries that could never have happened to him inside the car. But all of that's impossible, right? Unfortunately, no. Something far bigger than her is going on. Something the whole world is going to find out about in, oh, about twenty three days. Well. Not really going to find out about, per say. More... not discover. Cause the world will be over. Unless Janelle, her best friend and saviour can stop it - unless they can keep everything from unravelling. 'So far all attempts to stop the countdown have been unsuccessful...' So, let the countdown begin and pray that Janelle can stop it... Unravelling is the kind of book you pick up, start to read and then just can't stop. It is totally addictive. I could barely do anything else – even the so-called 'important' stuff, like eating and sleeping and breathing... Who came up with these stupid bodily rules? They totally get in the way of my reading. It is extremely annoying. But back on topic, Unravelling was completely hooking. I literally could not put it down at all, no matter how hard I tried – not that I tried all that hard, really, given that the book is freaking amazing. I absolutely adored Janelle. She was so normal and yet so not. She was clever, stubborn, strong and snarky. She never let anyone walk over her or stop her from doing what she wanted – namely investigating FBI cases. I do admit, the fact that the only thing that seemed to work for her when she was grieving was just throwing herself into snoop mode was a bit odd to me (personally, I'm the curl-up-and-cry-and-eat-chocolate-and-watch-trashy-TV kind of girl) but, hey! People grieve in their own way and if that's what works... And no. I'm not telling you why she's grieving. You're just gonna have to read the book and find out. As for Ben... Yum. Right from the word go, he made me fall in love. Damn me and my weak spot for the tortured ones! But seriously, he was so so amazing. And Alex... Oh, I want an Alex. He was so sweet and amazing and just always always there for Janelle, no matter what. And I loved that they were just friends – no love triangle including new mysterious boy and boy-next-door. Yay! The whole daughter-keeping-family-together, absent-workaholic-father and/or emotionally-absent-disturbed-mother thing has been done numerous times. But I think what made this family and the family angle so special is that even though it seemed like it was almost on the verge of falling apart, the family was still normal. Janelle, her dad and her little brother fire off X-Files quotes, eat Chinese and joke around. There's Strutz, the basically-uncle, who's there and makes them laugh. Alex, to whom Janelle's dad is basically a second father. The beautiful, perfect and touching relationship between Janelle and her little brother Jared. Even the nickname they gave Janelle: "J-baby" just screamed normality. The mother might be the only abnormal thing, always holed up in bed with the occasional episode, but also the occasional normal, sunny period. And then there came The Event, which proved that even if you're normal and even though you love each other and are hanging on firmly, a single act or event can still devastate... Oh, I have to mention the plot! Mainly 'cause I loved all the twists and turns. And, of course, because I'm a sucker for a good murder mystery! But my God, Miss Norris! Why do you seem to be set upon breaking my goddamn heart?! I mean, what's with that?! Because yes, this book that I wasn't expecting to be emotional, this book that I expected to be all sci-fi, was absolutely heartbreaking. The way Norris wrote... she made the sci-fi, far-fetched as it was, seem actually real and so emotional it was untrue. I fell in love, laughed, hated and then cried my eyes out at three in the morning. Oh, why did you do it, Miss Norris? Why why why...? But back to the writing: it was brilliant. I think Janelle and her voice had a big part to play in that: J felt real and human and I felt everything she felt. Which, obviously, meant I mourned as she mourned. And now I'm pretty sure half my heart has been taken... But on top of the emotions there was the whole mystery. I loved that part of it - mainly 'cause generally speaking it didn't destroy me. I just had fun trying to figure everything out and loved racing through the book to the end, gobbling it all up. But seriously: that blend of emotions and pure sci-fi? Brilliant. Genius. Awesome. Yay! So, yes. Unravelling was... incredible. I adored it. I have been left broken by it and yet absolutely deliriously desperate for Unbreakable. My heart may be broken but the torn muscle still aches for more of this story, of this world (or should I say worlds?) and of these characters. This is a book that will suck you in, capture your heart and mind and leave you breathless, broken and longing for more more more as soon as humanely possible. Just an absolutely stunning debut I can’t recommend enough....more