The beginning of a new favourite series. I'm so glad I picked this novel up even though I was sad at learning Moning had finished her Highlander serie...moreThe beginning of a new favourite series. I'm so glad I picked this novel up even though I was sad at learning Moning had finished her Highlander series.(less)
This book was not only worth the wait but worth the painful build up too. Questions are answered and theories were blown out of the water. It was one...moreThis book was not only worth the wait but worth the painful build up too. Questions are answered and theories were blown out of the water. It was one surprise after another after another. Karen Marie Moning is a genius and I'm so glad she has decided to write a sixth and seventh book for the Fever series and will begin a Fever World Trilogy. (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)
Wow. This book was great. So good in fact, that I ditched an entire day that was meant for finishing assignments, just so I could read this. I just co...moreWow. This book was great. So good in fact, that I ditched an entire day that was meant for finishing assignments, just so I could read this. I just could not put this book done. Definitely 4.5 stars!
What worked for me:
1. Angel idea. I liked how they each were assigned 'purposes' and how they could display the 'glory'. I felt it was an interesting take on the angel genre. Even the whole half/quarter angel-blood idea felt like a new perspective from the other angel novels I've read lately. I've read quite a few angel stories about nephilim (those born from one angel parent and one human parent), but somehow this story made it feel different. And with so many YA novels about similar topics, different is ALWAYS good.
2. The cover. Who doesn't love a pretty cover? Its a huge aspect as to how much I want to read the book. If a book's cover is ugly, I won't even be bothered picking it up to read the back. So pretty cover = Bigger audience.
3. The romance in the story. a) It didn't seem like a huge aspect of the story which I liked. I hate how certain stories can focus too intently on a romance and that bores me. I like to know what else is going on and this book did that well.
b) I hate love triangles. I always feel bad for whichever character gets rejected, and often can't decide which character I liked better. I can only imagine how the protagonist must feel in these situations. However in this story, the 'love triangle' really wasn't much of a triangle at all. Clara and Tucker were pretty solid and Christian felt like just a side note. I never felt any real attachment to him whatsoever. He was a beta character that was just kind of in Clara's back thoughts (and only because saving him was 'supposedly' (view spoiler)[ actually towards the end it seems that hooking up with him was her real purpose but not sure how that is going to go down. Will have to wait for the next book in the series! (hide spoiler)] her purpose)
What didn't work for me:
1. The writing was a little choppy in the beginning and it was clearly a YA novel just by the sentence structures; they were pretty basic. But this isn't a huge factor for me since I loved this book so much and the events seemed plausible.
Overall this book was fantastic. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Highly addicting! Maybe.. too addicting since now I have to get back to the real world and get back into my study. *sigh*["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
After reading this, I pretty much know everything there is to know about Quidditch. When it began, how it evolved, the different teams... its all in t...moreAfter reading this, I pretty much know everything there is to know about Quidditch. When it began, how it evolved, the different teams... its all in there. Clearly fictional, it is written as if it were a textbook at Hogwarts.
There isn't much to say except it was very cute. Definitely have a look at it if your interested in the Harry Potter world, for just as a little extra but don't expect it to add anything to the original series.(less)
Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres is a story about a dystopian world where many teenages from all different provinces run away to Ixion, the island o...moreBurn Bright by Marianne de Pierres is a story about a dystopian world where many teenages from all different provinces run away to Ixion, the island of 'pleasure'. Its basically an island of never-ending night filled with clubs for partying and a few churches throughout as designated rest areas.
Its been a few days since I've read this book and I'm still not sure how to put my feelings about it into words. This book was neither good nor bad. It was just kind of... well, average. The storyline was intriguing: dystopian world, teens running away to a mysterious island, something weird happening at said island. However, the story itself was just mediocre. I couldn't relate to the characters, therefore didn't feel like I was on the journey with them. The majority of the book was "rush here, rush there". Alot of the time, I wasn't sure what they were doing or why.
But strangely enough, I'm still curious as to what will happen next. I'm not sure why that is. I didn't really like much about the story, yet still I think I may borrow the next in the series (released late 2011) out from the library or attempt to find a detailed synopsis online.
There were a few too many things happening at once with little to no answers. Aside from that, there is one thing I absolutely LOVED about Burn Bright... and that is the cover. The cover is stunning. It has a very gothic-esque vibe to it that drew me in. It's visually beautiful in a creepy kind of way. Love it.
Overall, I personally wasn't a huge fan but I have read many rave reviews for this book. I would probably only give this book about a 2-2.5 star rating. If it sounds like your kind of book, go for it!(less)