I finished this book a few days ago. Okay, maybe a little more than a few days ago. So, I'm behind on reviewing books, so what? I'm a busy gal.
Because...moreI finished this book a few days ago. Okay, maybe a little more than a few days ago. So, I'm behind on reviewing books, so what? I'm a busy gal.
Because it's been awhile since I've read it, I may be a little vague when talking about a few things.
Alrighty tighty, this book was not my favorite. Sure, it had some interesting parts but the lovey dovey mushy gushy was gone from this book.
A little bit of a spoiler right here in my synopsis, hurrwego:
Nora and Patch are in a continuous spat from almost the very virst page. Ironically, around the time that Nora and Patch are "split" (In which we all know they get back together, yada yada yada), an old "family friend" decides he wants to move back to the dank little town of Coldwater. During his stay, Nora notices that danger is always falling right in his path. She also realizes just how much time Patch is hanging out with. . . . Marcie Millar? The story goes on with new findings on Nora's father; Scottie, the "family friend", Marcie, and Marcie's father. . . .?
A lot of questions were left unanswered in Hush, Hush and all of your questions will be answered in this one.
The things I didn't like?
How ironic everything seems and how much Nora and Patch fought. I knew they still loved each other but goodness! I thought the arguing would never end and after awhile, it just got really annoying. . . .
Oh, and you find out Patch's real name!
Overall, this book was great, just lacking a few things. Doesn't mean it was my favorite though. . . .
No sugar added? The audience likes the gushyness. So I wanted to gouge my eyes out with forks when I couldn't find any romance. The only thing that was hiked up a notch was the action. Nora is pretty bad ass. Just wait until you read about her in this book. I got the romance that was needed in the very beginning and the very end. Also, we're left with a cliff hanger which, again, made me want to go and find a fork. I resisted.
I liked this book, I didn't love it. It was missing something. I just can't put a finger on it. The first book in a series is usually the best, right? Well, I think so. With this series, that's also the case.(less)
I can't believe I rated this 5 stars. When I first started this series, I kind of dreaded finishing it. Now I am dying to read the next book and can't...moreI can't believe I rated this 5 stars. When I first started this series, I kind of dreaded finishing it. Now I am dying to read the next book and can't due to the fact that my library is slow. . . .
To the point?
This book was phenomenal. I started reading the book early in the morning yesterday (July 28) and finished it around 5 today (July 29). I just couldn't put it down. The character development was fantastic and Gray doesn't ditch any of her characters. Even though Bianca is hiding out with the Black Cross, her old friends are still in the picture.
Raquel is now with Bianca, they joined the Black Cross after their school was destroyed. Raquel found out about the vampires and wants revenge on them and the wraiths that have been haunting her. But Bianca has to hide her secret of being a vampire and being connected to wraiths from the Black Cross. She knows they'd kill her if they found out. After Bianca sent out a email to her parents letting them know she was all right, the email was traced and Mrs. Bethany attacked the Black Cross cell. They took in a prisoner, a well known vampire that left me in tears.
Bianca had been having a hard time staying focused do to the lack of blood and Lucas went to a blood bank to get her some. Raquel and Dana, a Black Cross member, caught Bianca drinking the blood and then the beans were spilled and Lucas and Bianca ran for their lives. While a friend betrayed them and their lack of money they realized they had other choices and the story continues with action, romanceromanceromance, and a huge surprise at the end.
This book didn't have a dull moment. The romance was hiked up times 10, as well as the action. Towards the end, I started skimming through because I just had to know what happened! Vic plays a bigger role in this book than the last and he is just as amazing as ever and I wish I had a Vic!
The only thing I didn't like was when she'd refer to Balthazar or Lucas as her "lover". I mean, she's almost eighteen, yeah. But still a little young to be calling them that? I always thought "lover" should be used in a sentence like. . . . "I'm married but I have another lover". Ya know? Kind of like a way of saying you have another man in your life?
Now, I must sit here and wait until the library brings me my next book. In the mean time, I have other books to read.
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A round of applause for another fantastic book by Kelley Armstrong!
I'm just going to get to the point and not be too chatty. I don't want to write one...moreA round of applause for another fantastic book by Kelley Armstrong!
I'm just going to get to the point and not be too chatty. I don't want to write one huge, boring review that talks about nothing.
Rae, Tori, and Chloe are trapped in the hands of the Edison Group, a group that has been conducting experiment on supernaturals for years. The longer Chloe's there, the more she learns about who these people are and how bad they are. Davidoff asks Chloe if she'd help be bait to lure in Derek and Simon, Tori jumps in and says, while Chloe's doing that, she wants to go shopping. On their way out to their field trip, Tori is actually planning on an escape and escapes with Chloe, leaving Aunt Lauren to the Edison Group.
When they finally reach the guys, they're on the move when their original hiding spot is a no-go. They catch a bus so they can try to make it to a family friend, Andrew. When on a rest stop, Derek is about to go into a werewolf change and has to get off the bus, Chloe follows him, to help him and be there for him. The bus ends up leaving without them and the story takes an awfully wild turn.
I loved this book, can't say I loved it as much as the first. But the characters are developing more, you learn more about their powers and I think I've picked who I want Chloe to like: Derek. Just because he's like the friendly giant!
This book doesn't get nearly as much credit as it should. This is one of my favorite series, another reread, but I had forgotten about it. When I had...moreThis book doesn't get nearly as much credit as it should. This is one of my favorite series, another reread, but I had forgotten about it. When I had finally gotten the third book, I decided to reread the whole series again and man, I'm glad I did. There wasn't a dull moment in this story.
Chloe Saunders is motherless with an always out-of-town father. Shes short, skinny, and quite boring. Then one day, she wakes up from a terrifying nightmare about seeing ghosts in a basement when she was younger. When she gets to school, she calls to tell her Aunt about the dream and her Aunt tells her she needs to talk. On her way to the bathroom, Chloe starts her period and puberty is slammed into her when all of a sudden, she leaves the bathroom, a custodian with a burned face starts chasing her down and she realizes it's a ghost. Obviously, no one else can see it so she is sent to a group home and diagnosed with schizophrenia. Excluding herself, others in the home have "special" powers and Chloe is left with questions and in need of answers when a ghost at the home is trying to get in contact with her about the past of the Lyle House.
I loved this story, I finished it in two days. I could NOT put it down. Chloe is a believable character. Thank God that she is a skinny, tiny little strawberry blonde and not some curvy, long black haired busty girl who hit puberty way before she should have, like in other books. The story just keeps rolling, there isn't a spot where you want to put it down. I took the book into the bathroom with me 'cause I couldn't put it down. Armstrong had a story to tell and told it beautifully. Now I have the next book and I'm ready to see what Chloe and her friends are up to. I highly reccomend this book to the 14 and up age group. Some scenes scared me a teensy bit but, that could just be because I am a scaredy cat. But who knows. (less)
Better, Gerber, better. As I was sitting in the library today, I was thinking, "Wow, look.. I wanna read that book.. And that one.. And that one.." We...moreBetter, Gerber, better. As I was sitting in the library today, I was thinking, "Wow, look.. I wanna read that book.. And that one.. And that one.." Well, I still had this one to read and I'm not sure if I thought it was a slightly slow read in the beginning or if I just wasn't too into it, it took me forever to finish. I sat myself down today and finally finished this itty-bitty book.
In the second installment of Linda Gerber's mystery series, Aphra books her flight to Seattle to find her mother. I personally thought Aphra was COMPLETELY STUPID but, hey, that's just my opinion. After she finds her mother and realizes that she isn't too happy to see her, her mom tries to send her back home. Joe, Natalie's partner (Aphra's mom), goes out for a cup of coffee. The coffee turns out to be poisoned and it kills Joe. Seth, oddly enough, shows up only to ask for the ring he gave Aphra in the first book back and Aphra realizes she can't find it. The story takes a lot of turns and twists and shows that you can't really trust anyone.
This book was definitley not as predictable as the first book. The result was a surprise. The romance wasn't really there until the end of the book but the action lingered around every corner. Honestly, I'm looking forward to the next book but I hope it turns out good because I'm not so sure what you can really do with the plot anymore.
I have enjoyed this short series although I don't think the writing is all that great, Gerber is a good storyteller and at least gives you the element of surprise and some sort of suspense.(less)
I'm attempting to write this review while sitting in my AP Lit class. I just couldn't take it anymore. Lately, reading books hasn't been my top priori...moreI'm attempting to write this review while sitting in my AP Lit class. I just couldn't take it anymore. Lately, reading books hasn't been my top priority. We alllll know that. But. . . . This book took me FOREVER. I seriously wish I could tell you why. I can't. . .
Well, i'll try.
I'm not going to summarize the book. Just read the summary or someone elses review because everyone seemed to love it.
I quit this book with at least fifty more pages left until I finished. I just feel like this book was incapable of grabbing my attention.
Kay, I lied. A few chapters grabbed my attention but I liked a few of the characters and all the others were just easy to hate.
Kristin Cashore has a tendency to not reeeeally get into a book until about 200 pages in. That's how Graceling was. I gave Graceling a shot, it ended up being one of my most favorite books of alllll time. I hoped that this book would give me the same satisfaction.
It didn't. If you have patience, I would suggest you read this book and see how you like it. If not, I feel it's a waste of time. But, I looooove Cashore. So i'm definitley still going to read Bitterblue.
We'll just have to see what happens with that book. :)(less)
The I N G books! The Summoning, The Awakening, The Reckoning, and now.. The Gathering! Personally, if this were me, I'd start running out of things to...moreThe I N G books! The Summoning, The Awakening, The Reckoning, and now.. The Gathering! Personally, if this were me, I'd start running out of things to call it. I'm going to be honest with you, when I started reading this book I had no idea what reckoning meant. . . . Guess what?! I still don't. Sort of. The whole point is. . . . I was a little lost with this book.
No, I didn't get confused on what in the hell was happening. Most of it was clearly written but, the end. . . . It just seemed like there were so many loose strings! I mean, seriously. The book left off with everyone talking about how they have to leave again and they need to find Rae and the other subjects. Then it ends. That's it. The end. Buh-bye. See ya later.
The book starts where it left off in The Awakening. I don't know about you, but sometimes I get a little angry when the next book in the series starts off like, 6 months after the events in the previous book. Our characters are growing and we are still in the safe house with Andrew. Chloe, Tori, Derek, and Simon are all now being trained, or taught. Margaret is giving lessons to Chloe and the lessons begin in a graveyard. Chloe warns her that she shouldn't be there, that she could raise the dead if they practiced there but, no. Margaret insists that Chloe is crazy, she is inexperienced and obviously can't do such things. Unfortunately, it happens (Of course). As the story goes on, Derek finally becomes a full-fledged werewolf, with Chloe by his side. Then there is a sudden turn of events when another werewolf is trying to kill him, sent by someone that isn't the Edison Group. Our plot moves along as Simon develops feelings for Chloe but realizes there is someone else. As the plot thickens, Tori finds emails including several things that shows that they aren't safe anymore and they need to get out and escape. Guess you'll have to read the rest to find out. . . . (:
Now, I put in my shelves/tags that it had a bad ending. I guess it wasn't really bad, but it wasn't good. I expected more. There are questions left unanswered and you feel like it was almost a cliff hanger but I have a feeling there most definitley won't be another and we're all just going to have to move onto Kelley Armstrong's new trilogy, Darkness Rising.(less)
This book was surprisingly a lot better than I had imagined. Passing Strange is mostly in Karen DeSonne's point of view but switches between 1st and 3...moreThis book was surprisingly a lot better than I had imagined. Passing Strange is mostly in Karen DeSonne's point of view but switches between 1st and 3rd perspective. Which I found a little annoying.
It takes place almost RIGHT after the second book, Kiss Of Life. We find out what happens to Karen after she was shot. The book goes through a journey leaving off from the 2nd book. Most of the conflict revolves around the Guttridge death and Pete's crazy psycho clan thing he has goin' on called One Life.
Although I found One Life slightly disturbing, it didn't occur to me that this clan was such a huge part of the plot. Pete is the Reverend's favorite, which calls for Pete to do everything he asks. Which includes killing all zombies (He even has a list). Pete has such a huge roll in this book. He goes through an a huge time period where I thought he wasn't going to come back from Crazy Town. Towards the end, he apologizes to everyone and I thought he was fine and maybe normal? But, nooo, things changed. . . .
Overall, this book had several boring parts to be honest. But it also had very suspenseful and mysterious parts to it that made you not want to put it down.
This book could be considered a stand-alone but it would probably confuse several in some areas.(less)
This book is now one of my all time favorite books.
Katsa, Graced with Killing, does her uncles dirty work for him in the Middluns kingdom. She is his...moreThis book is now one of my all time favorite books.
Katsa, Graced with Killing, does her uncles dirty work for him in the Middluns kingdom. She is his threat and does everuthing he asks. Secretly, she goes and saves innocent people from imprisonment. She saves Grandfather Tealiff, for he was kidnappped for some unknown reason. After saving Grandfather Tealiff, his grandson, Prince Greening of Lienid, comes to the Middluns to find out information about him (Not knowing that Katsa saved him already). Katsa and Greening (Nickname, Po) meet and she takes him to his sick Grandfather.
While he stays in Randa City in the Middluns, Katsa and Po train, fight, and become friends. She finds out that his Grace is combat fighting but it's also something else entirely... As the story continues, Po tries to figure who kidnapped his grandfather and why. He starts to piece together information about King Leck. No one suspects him because of his kindness and because he isn't troublesome. He came into power in an odd way which is peculiar to Po and he starts to figure that King Leck is Graced with an extraordinary power. Rumors spread around the Seven Kingdoms that the wife and daughter of King Leck, Po's cousins, have hidden themselves in their room due to how upset they are that Grandfather Tealiff was kiddnapped. We later find out that they're hiding from King Leck. Katsa and Po set out to find Bitterblue and Ashen (Daughter and wife of Leck) and save them. Their journey takes up the rest of the book with twists, turns, spirals, and downfalls as they go on. Katsa learns more about her Grace and herself as well as Po. The rest you'll have to find out yourself.
This book was so real to me although it's sort of in Medieval times. Po is so kindhearted and happy. He's laidback and real. Katsa is fiery. She is always on the ready for a challenge and isn't really one to trust anyone. The only thing I didn't like was the slight lack of romance and how quickly their conflict was overwith. Most of the conflict was their journey to find Ashen and Bitterblue but, once they were face to face with the enemy, things ended quickly enough that there wasn't much of a fight.
This book kept my attention, though slow through the first 200 pages or so. Definitely worth anyones time.(less)
Oh, my. I WANTED TO THROW THIS BOOK AT THE WALL. Not because I didn't like it. . . . BUT BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE THE NEXT BOOK YET. HURRY UP, WESTERVILLE...moreOh, my. I WANTED TO THROW THIS BOOK AT THE WALL. Not because I didn't like it. . . . BUT BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE THE NEXT BOOK YET. HURRY UP, WESTERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. HURRY. This book made me cry. So did the last one so, what's new?
This book takes place almost right after the games. Peeta and Katniss are going on the Victory Tour which is where they tour all the other districts (Probably didn't have to explain that. . . .) Anyways, Peeta and Katniss say/do startling things during their speeches which cause the Capitol to get extremely angry. As you know, Peeta and Katniss didn't leave off on such a hot note in the last book so, things are patched up and the whole "star-crossed lovers/madly in loooooove" stuff is taken on a whole new level when Katniss finds out that she has to be in the Quell. The Quarter Quell (I think that's what it's called) is where there is technically another Hunger Games but it only happens every 25 years. Originally, Katniss and Peeta were to be mentors for the District 12 tributes but then the rules are changed (Because, you know, THE CAPITOL JUST LOVES TO INFLICT PAIN ON EVERY ONE). The rules are changed to where victors of the Hunger Games are to fight in the arena. Which means Katniss and either Peeta or Haymitch have to fight again. I'm just gonna say this right now, it's Peeta. Obviously. Anyways, Peeta and Katniss say more startling things and Cinna even pulls a trick of his own which leads him to punishment. While the Quell is going on, the districts are revolting and there are rumors of a secret community under District 13. I SHALL SAY NO MORE. :)
This was better than the first book. You are introduced to several new characters that I attached to easily and the romance is seriously hiked up. This book has a LOT more violence but, that's alright. Gale is not particularly a huge character in this book yet again so if you're Team Gale, I think it's safe to say that it might just be all Peeta. Team Peeta!(less)
I spent a good deal of time trying to figure out what to write for this review. Let me be honest with you -- I almost stopped reading it because I hat...moreI spent a good deal of time trying to figure out what to write for this review. Let me be honest with you -- I almost stopped reading it because I hated it so much but, don't just close out of this review because that was the first thing I said. It takes time. If you're someone that: Likes unrealistic coincidences, stereotypes, rocker chicks, going back in time, and a crapload of history. You'll like this book. I loved the going back in time and the history part -- that was the only reason why I finished. The book was good. Not the best. It took me awhile to finish it. After I was done with my graduation test last week, I had nothing to do but read, I just got SO bored with this book in some parts. Just stick with it to the end if you hate the beginning, I promise it'll get better. This isn't how I wanted this review to sound. But I'll stick with it.(less)
Oh, the cover. I don't know why but back when I had finished Generation Dead and was waiting for the next two, I was most anxious to see what the cove...moreOh, the cover. I don't know why but back when I had finished Generation Dead and was waiting for the next two, I was most anxious to see what the covers were going to look like. I was pleased with it, but I'm curious, on Generation Dead, who is that supposed to be?
In Kiss of Life, Daniel Waters stretched the plot to lead into a third book. Why were the kids still coming back? What happens with Phoebe and Tommy? Phoebe and Adam? Does Colette ever find her brother and parents? What is going to happen with Sylvia? Tak? George? Popeye? Karen?
There were some questions answered also. So, who does Phoebe end up choosing in the end? Well, this didn't turn out like I wanted it to. I'm not sure it did for anyone for that matter, yet I wasn't upset by her choice at all and infact, I was happier about it.
What happens with Adam? Clearly, he is a struggling Zombie whom was killed by Pete Martinsberg in the previous book. Pete was aiming to kill Tommy, Phoebe was in the way, Pete fired, Adam jumped in front.
What happens with Colette and Margi? Well, you'll have to find out, I guess. I loved the ending result although, Phoebe seems to be "lost" (Metaphorically) through this whole book.
In this book, a whole new problem arises. Pete doesn't go to jail for his murder because Adam came back, so it wasn't really murder. Martinsberg has to go to therapy and do community service at the place for Undead Studies where he meets Duke.
Throughout the book, Phoebe struggles to bring Adam "back". Love is why Karen and Tommy were such functional zombies and that's what Phoebe is giving Adam.
Tak, Popeye, and George: The Sons of Romero, are pulling pranks trying to demonstrate that the differently biotic are not goin' anywhere while there are brutal crimes happening all over Oakville, in which they're being blamed on.
Tommy leaves town to spread what has happened to the differently biotic to other states.
There are many more twists and many more tumbles. But if you're looking for a book where Tommy is your favorite character: Don't get too excited, he's barely in the book at all.
Seems like, in a series, someone (Usually the Knight in shing armor) leaves which causes huge uproar (Ea: New Moon, City of Fallen Angels ). I guess it just seems cliche and annoying.
One thing I LOVED about this book was purely Phoebe. In another review, I said I just wanted to find a character who wasn't conceited but still thought she was pretty. I'm just so tired of the complaining. Phoebe admitted she was pretty! But she didn't flip a shit when Adam called her beautiful, "OMG. He called me beautiful. BUT IM NOT, IM JUST NOT, IM BUTT ASS UGLY". I hate that so much. Phoebe didn't talk about it and it wasn't her main focus.
This book is kinda boring and I felt like more should have happened. Most of it was just Phoebe trying to help Adam and not a lot of conflicts were solved but new ones had arised.
The series is a good read but not something I'd obsess over. I'm happy to say that this book didn't have the kind of zombies with a limp leg and ate everyones brains. They were cold, rock hard, pale, glassy eyed, almost beautiful. Depending on how you looked when you died.