So, so beautiful! It was wonderful, spectacular, marvelous, a total pleasure to read, and so much more. The Wedding of Antanasia and Lucius is only a...moreSo, so beautiful! It was wonderful, spectacular, marvelous, a total pleasure to read, and so much more. The Wedding of Antanasia and Lucius is only a short story (took me an hour to read) but wow, was it good! I actually haven't read the first or second book in this series (this is 1.5 in the series, I believe) and this book did not detract anything from this fact. It has actually made me want to read the other books now more than ever. Beth Fantaskey is a fantastic writer and I look forward to reading all her books, both current and any in the future. Recommends to any YA paranormal lovers.
Also I looooooove free books (well, free anything but books especially), so KUDOS to Beth for posting this on her website!(less)
I'll admit I started out reading this with high expectations - perhaps too high caused by the many adoring fans and great reviews of this book. I real...moreI'll admit I started out reading this with high expectations - perhaps too high caused by the many adoring fans and great reviews of this book. I really wanted to like it but ultimately couldn't.
I'd like to point out that the storyline was enjoyable. McKinley created an alternate universe where humans exist in the world side-by-side with "Others", creatures of the dark. Unfortunately, it was the writing that I couldn't appreciate more. The writing within this novel has a sense of heaviness to it that I found hard to concentrate on; it wasn't so much the words or language used, but a feeling behind the story. And this feeling, in addition to the unnecessary page filling details about cinnamon rolls, is what made finishing this book very difficult.
My feelings for this book aside, I am hopeful that I will perhaps enjoy another of her stories. I'll definitely keep an eye out for another McKinley book in the future to see if perhaps this was a one-off.(less)
I don't really have words for this novel. Its one of those ones that you read and for ages afterwards its all you can think about. This story was a ki...moreI don't really have words for this novel. Its one of those ones that you read and for ages afterwards its all you can think about. This story was a kind of Groundhog Day meets The Lovely Bones meets the Butterfly Effect set in a modern day high school. All I can really say is this story is amazing.
The story centres around Samantha (Sam) Kingston. Sam and her 3 "best friends" (Lindsay, Elody and Ally) are high school seniors who don't really believe in the consequences of their actions. I prefer to think of the four as a type of 'Brat Pack'. They drink, smoke, hook up with guys, ridicule classmates and overall just don't give a stuff about anyone other then themselves. All of that changes when one night after a party, they are in a car crash and Sam's life changes forever. Basically, she dies but experiences a weird type of purgatory where she relives her last day over and over again - a total of seven times. In that week, she grows as a person and comes to understand more about her actions and how they affect everyone around her.
At first, I had a really hard time getting into the book because I just could not relate to the main character at all. Her actions and how she reasoned it all out in her head completely baffled me. For example her inattentive jerk of a boyfriend, Rob. Despite his supposed 'attractiveness', I saw no other reason to feel anything for him. He was simply a jerk.
This story had me bawling my eyes out one minute and giggling over some witty comment that ran through her head the next. One particular quote: "Popularity's a weird thing. You can't really define it, and it's not cool to talk about it, but you know it when you see it. Like a lazy eye, or porn."
About 2/3 of the way into the book, I finally felt bad for Sam. She finally began to show that she wasn't some superficial follower; that she really understood the world doesn't revolve around her group of friends and that there are so many beautiful things in the world if you just look. She got back that 'wide-eyed innocence' she used to have as a child, and used it help put things right with the people around her - namely, Juliet Sykes; the victim of her group's bullying. I also loved her later interactions with Kent McFuller. This I wish had been fleshed out more in the book. I feel kind of jipped that Kent's lifelong dream of being with Sam got cut short when she really died at the end.
That would probably be the main thing I didn't like about the book: the ending. Of course, I hated how she and her friends acted and such throughout the book (and previously in their lives), but the ending kind of let me down. Right from the beginning I told myself "I know she dies. Its obvious because at some point this reliving is going to stop and her inner monologue doesn't seem to suggest otherwise." I still wished that after trying to make everything right, she would get a reprieve from death. Like karma. After all, she saved someone's life and helped many others.
Another quote I liked was: "I know some of you are thinking maybe I deserved it. Maybe I shouldn't have sent that rose to Juliet or dumped my drink on her at the party. Maybe I shouldn't have copied off Lauren Lornet's quiz. Maybe I shouldn't have said those things to Kent. There are probably some of you who think I deserved it because I was going to let Rob go all the way - because I wasn't going to save myself. But before you start pointing fingers, let me ask you: is what I did really so bad? So bad I deserved to die? So bad I deserved to die like that? Is what I did really so much worse than what anybody else does? Is it really so much worse than what you do?"
I found this book to be very thought provoking. Definitely a keeper. (less)
There isn't much to say except... WORST book I've ever read. It got to the point where I just wanted to punch the characters in the face for their pat...moreThere isn't much to say except... WORST book I've ever read. It got to the point where I just wanted to punch the characters in the face for their pathetic-ness and the ending was anti-climactic to say the least. It read like a badly written fanfiction of a 12 year old. It was absolutely horrendous and I almost didn't finish it but I hate leaving anything unfinished. I definitely do not recommend this as it was a complete waste of my time. I'm not sure how this got published, but it did. There is even a sequel which leads me to question my faith in humanity. This was the worst $12 I've ever spent.(less)
When I first read this book, I cried for the entire length of it and then some. Its such a beautiful and sad story. I felt that the way it was written...moreWhen I first read this book, I cried for the entire length of it and then some. Its such a beautiful and sad story. I felt that the way it was written as simple verse really added to the depth of the plot.(less)
It has been quite a few months since I've read this book but it still remains a close favourite of mine. Lately there have been so many paranormal you...moreIt has been quite a few months since I've read this book but it still remains a close favourite of mine. Lately there have been so many paranormal young adult books on the market and quite a few have been disappoints but that was not the case with Embrace. Jessica Shirvington has taken a different approach on the Angel front and captivated my complete attention with this novel. Right from the beginning it was just a whirlwind of emotions.
Violet was a great heroine. I found her to be entertaining and very real. She was not a perfect character and for that I loved her even more. It was her flaws that made her who she was. She had doubts and fears that were not irrational in that situation and we readers, were allowed to develop and overcome through those with Violet. She exhibited understandable reactions when faced with waking up one morning to find out she is not who she thought she was, but a Grigori - half human and half angel - who needs to embrace to help fight of the bad angels.
Lincoln, what can I say about this lovable hero? He was amazing and right from the first time he appeared in the story, I fell in love with him. Who wouldn't? Lincoln is a Grigori who 'embraced' quite a few years ago. As a Grigori, he ages differently to regular humans so we find out later that he actually a few years than is originally believed. Lincoln is also Violet's eternal partner. Eternal partner's are pairings that go out fighting together. They basically have one another's backs. The problem? Eternal partners are not allowed to actually be together - as in... they can't be in a relationship together. Why is this a problem? Lincoln and Violet are in love. That sure puts a damper on things.
Then there is Phoenix, the mysterious boy (well, man) who keeps turning up. At first I didn't like Phoenix. He was almost too mysterious. He was clearly hiding secrets but as the story went on, I actually began to like him quite abit (not as much as Lincoln though). However, I really need to learn to trust my instincts. All I can say is 'If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...' In this case, he most definitely had secrets. I have a feeling he might turn up in the second story Enticed. It should be entertaining so here's hoping!
Overall this story is great. I don't want to give away too much but it really was just a thrilling, captivating, wonderful story that I recommend everyone reads if they enjoy paranormal young adult (in particular: angels). I can't wait to read the next novel, Enticed. (less)