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
Grace Carlyle is damaged, scarred – and not just on the outside, where there are the criss-crossing scars from her cutting. She’s not perfect and sheGrace Carlyle is damaged, scarred – and not just on the outside, where there are the criss-crossing scars from her cutting. She’s not perfect and she knows it. But when she wakes up in a room, help captive by a boy she doesn’t even know, she needs to find out WHY. With a pen and paper, she tells her story, her life. Her mistakes, her successes. Her friends, boyfriend, family. She needs to figure it out, unravel the mess that is her life. She needs to figure out WHY. Fast. Wow. Just… wow. This story of kidnappers and flashbacks could have so easily gone wrong. Yet, everything was perfect; it was put together in a way that made me want to just sit and read and never put it down. I was instantly drawn in, hooked from the very first sentence: “I met Ethan on the night I was planning to kill myself. Pretty inconvenient, when you think about it”. It was amazingly written, the characters all felt real and so did Grace’s pain. She was amazing. This book was amazing. I adored it. Grace was a wonderfully strong character, her voice so real. She was the driving force, the life, the power. She could easily have been ‘that girl’. The one who is pathetic and suicidal and clingy, but she wasn’t. She was real. She was human. I loved her for her faults, loved that she wasn’t perfect. And more than anything, I loved her strength. Grace was brilliant. Yes, she was damaged, broken, but I didn’t pity her or look down on her: I hurt for her. I just loved that she could be sarcastic and almost light-hearted, considering the position she was in. She was just incredible! Warm, ironic, stubborn. She was refreshing and one of my favourite heroines, plus she reminded me what I loved most about fiction and writing. Grace had issues with her mother, which I found particularly interesting. Ever since her dad died, Grace’s mother couldn’t be bothered. She didn’t notice that Grace was cutting or drinking, nothing. I had a theory behind this sudden disinterest – one which proved to be accurate – but all Grace could see was a mother that didn’t care. Which is why her friendship with BF Sal was so important to her. The two completely relied on one another. Their relationship was sweet, and meant everything to Grace. Which was one of the problems… I can honestly say I couldn’t guess where the plot was going. I couldn’t guest the twists, the turns, nothing, nada. I just could not figure out – no matter how hard I tried – who Ethan was! It took me forever to get even an idea, and by then I couldn’t be bothered to think, I was so absorbed in the story. I loved that Grace’s life, her kidnapping aside, was so realistic, so relatable. Somehow, Cat Clarke took every day – for some of us, anyway – occurrences and changed them, made them surreal. I just could not stop reading. There was humour, happiness and love, fear, confusion and sadness – such bone crushing sadness that it made my eyes fill with tears. I felt absolutely everything Grace did, like they were my own feelings. It hurt. I cried. One of the most amazing, unpredictable, incredible, beautiful books I’ve read in a long time. Cat Clarke is an author to look out for! I know I’ll be on the lookout for all of her future books....more
4½ Out of 5 Cassel Sharpe has a big secret. He killed a girl when he was fourteen years old. He was found standing over the body, covered in blood. No4½ Out of 5 Cassel Sharpe has a big secret. He killed a girl when he was fourteen years old. He was found standing over the body, covered in blood. No one in his family will ever forget that. They also won’t forget that he isn’t a worker. His whole family are curse workers, working for a major crime family. Cassel is the only one without magic, and his brother Philip can’t even look him in the eye. And now Cassel is being haunted. By a white cat. Something big is going on in his family. Or rather, some big secret is about to come out. One that will change Cassel forever…
I was addicted to this book. What is it about Holly Black? She just made me want to read on and on. I loved trying to figure the mystery out. All the characters were great. The plot superfast and the world both terrifying and amazing. I adored the writing, Cassel and the way I could never be sure of anything. I loved this book! It was totally addictive.
Cassel Sharpe was someone I liked straightaway. He was funny, and rather snarky. And from the word go, he honestly, really didn’t seem like the kind of person who would kill someone. Ok, so he was a con artist and a bookie, but that was only because he was good at surviving: adaptable and resourceful. He was very odd, really sweet and always said what he thought – which gets him in loads of trouble. Plus he was an evil freaking genius.
Cassel and his family really stole the show. His eldest brother, Philip, was married with a son. Six years older than Cassel, he was a physical worker, which meant she could break bones with a touch. Something was iffy about him from the word go. The middle brother, Barron, studying law at college, was a “compulsive liar”. He was the only one Cassel felt he could talk to. Now, Barron was a bit of an odd one… Their mom, who was “scary and manipulative”, and locked away for working, but obviously loved her boys very much. What I couldn’t believe was that she taught her kids how to commit crimes! Cassel was seven – seven – when he committed his first crime. The family was odd – very odd, but it was really interesting. They looked out for each other, even as they beat one another up. The relationships and emotions between them all were intriguing, and always changing…
The “back-up cast” were just as good. Sam Yu, Cassel’s sort-of-friend and dorm-mate was a great mate and rather bonkers. Daneca Wasserman, daughter of an out-of the-closet worker, who was wonderful – completely insane, but wonderful. The baddies were creepy, scary and intimidating – just how I like my crime lords!
I have to admit: I felt a little lost at the beginning. Like I was thrown in at the middle of a story. But that was only a very brief feeling. I love this world and I loved this book. I mean, I just loved everything about the world Holly created. Everything was revealed little by little, and I just gobbled it all up. All the different kinds of workers (seven in total, luck the most common and transformation the rarest), how everyone had to wear gloves at all times, how the ban against working was put in place in 1929… As you can see, I memorized rather a lot of these facts. Does that make me totally sad? But, seriously, amazing: I would love to be a worker!
Again, I have to say that the family ties were really eye-opening. Cassel was torn in all directions by his loyalties to his family. Even after everything they did to him. And though he wanted to hate them, he couldn’t help loving them a little too. The way Holly described the ties was just amazing and completely believable, even with all the very impossible things about the family.
It also had an amazing plot! Twists, turns, surprises. And I honestly did not see one of the big twists. I completely misjudged some characters. I ended up loving people I hated and hating people I loved. And it just just such a new take on magic! Unlike anything, ever. Brilliant! I mean, what more do you want?
Action, magic, murder, secret crime families. I adored this book: it honestly had everything. Plus, it was insanely gripping. I wanted, no scratch that, needed to know what happened next. I sped to the end, devouring every page. It was wonderfully dark and brilliantly twisted. Now, Book Two please! ...more
"To Yelena, our newest food tester. May you last longer than your predecessor…" Ixia is a military state, run by the Commander. It is split into eight"To Yelena, our newest food tester. May you last longer than your predecessor…" Ixia is a military state, run by the Commander. It is split into eight Military Districts, each ruled by a General. This is Yelena's world. Yelena is in prison, awaiting her hanging. She's there because she killed the son of one of Ixia's Generals. A life for a life. Her death is imminent - any day now. And then she's summoned. At first she thinks they've scheduled the hanging. She's wrong. She's called in by Valek, one of the Commander's most loyal advisors, person security chief and leader of the intelligence network of Ixia. And she's offered a chance. A chance to live. She can either become the Commander's food taster and risk her life every day, or she can die right now. Yelena is no fool. She would rather live in fear of poison than die from the hangman's noose. But the poison might not kill her. She's trapped in a whole new world, one where she doesn't know who to trust, who will try to kill her next, and one where a powerful southern magician is after her. When Yelena discovers her own hidden gifts, life becomes even more dangerous than it ever was. Every way she looks, every possible path she could take, seems to end in death. What do you choose when the only choice is to die...? I adore Maria V. Synder. The woman is a freaking legend. Literally everything she writes is pure gold. Her fantasies are some of the best I've ever come across. And her Yelena Zaltana series is one of my favourites. Partly due to the world. Partly due to the characters. A large part due to the amazing Yelena. And partly - ok, mostly - because of Valek. I have a minor crush on Valek... But seriously. This is my second read of Poison Study and I still love it just as much – was still just as hooked! It is one hell of a book – with one hell of a book boyfriend living within! God, all of Snyder's characters rock. They are all just so very real and awesome and complex and hard to judge! And I love or hate them to absolute pieces. As in, I either want to hug-slash-marry them or cut them in half! Yelena is everything you could possibly want in your leading gal: tough, strong, smart, resourceful and damaged in a way that makes her even more vulnerable and hard at the same time. She was really kind of ruthless – so dangerous – and yet she was also one of the sweetest people ever. And then Valek. Oh, Valek. You are so wonderfully complex and so completely irresistible. I loved trying to figure him out - and seeing that sweeter side of him! And an artist too... a damaged, bad-boy assassin-artist. Excuse me while I swoon! I absolutely adored Janco and Ari – they killed me! They had to be two of my favourites in the book, barring Yelena and my dear Valek. They were just so funny! Then again, I did have a wee bit of a soft spot for Rand – he was sweet, though I wasn't so keen on his moodiness and emotional instability. Then again, it was all understandable really... I also liked Maren: she was totally fierce! And the Commander... For the longest time, I didn't know what to do with him. But he was so so much more than meets the eye – his secret was genius and made me so proud of him, he was just so strong and so brave. But I hated Reyad so so much. I was slightly put off by the fact that Yelena had killed someone for a reason no one seemed to know. And then, slowly, we found out why. And I hated Reyad's guts. I could literally murder him dead dead dead. He was horrible – the devil. I could have strangled him! How could he do that to Yelena? How could anyone do that to another person?! Wasn't so keen about the surviving baddies either: Grr... The relationships were brilliant. I especially loved the romantic one between Valek and Yelena. It wasn't instalove. It wasn't instahate. The relationship was slow and sweet, with each earning the other's trust little by little as their bond bloomed and grew. I loved every single moment they spend together and am just aching for more Yelena-and-Valek moments! I also, however, loved Yelena's friendship with Janco and Ari – it was so funny! I wish I had big brothers like them! Maria's world building is literally second to none. Each and every one of her worlds are incredible, intricate, complex and beautifully created. They honestly take my breath away. Study's world could not be more real if Maria V. Snyder wrote a million-page book just on this very world (which I would still read, by the way). And I loved how she described it – much like Bardugo's writing, this world wasn't heavy. There wasn't infuriating over-description: more than enough details for technocolour but not enough that my head began to hurt. And there was literally always something going on in this book – there wasn't a single dull moment anywhere! There was always a conspiracy or a mystery or spying or fighting or bone-melting romantic suspense scenes. Many of the events in the plot I just did not see coming. I loved every single twist: absolutely loved them all. And I liked that people died. That sounds so twisted, but I always find a death or two is more realistic... Man, I need help... Sometimes you just need to read the first few pages of a book to know that it's special. In my opinion, Poison Study is that book: I knew by the second chapter that it would be a five star read – and it only got better from there! It may be a book about magic but it has a magic of its very own. It completely bewitched me, having me up until three in the morning to finish and then immediately ordering the next book. If only I hadn't had exams when I first read it: I could have read the entire series three times over by now – and still wouldn't've had enough of it all and of Valek! A book full of magic, spies, treachery, murder, friendship, passion and a bit more magic, Poison Study is something The Book Addicted Girl recommends one-hundred-percent with all of her heart, be you a high fantasy lover or a contemp queen. Read it. You'll love it. Trust me. But Valek's mine, so back off...! Ok. When does Magic Study get here? If it's longer than two days I'm reordering the book on my Kindle. I can't wait much longer to finally get my hands on Book Two......more