“In August, we agreed to go to the prom together this year,” Pam reminds Josh. “So I’m just formalizing the agreement. You sign here”—she points to t...more“In August, we agreed to go to the prom together this year,” Pam reminds Josh. “So I’m just formalizing the agreement. You sign here”—she points to the first page—“and initial here.”
“Shit,” Josh says, shaking his head. “This thing is four pages? What does it say?”
"The first page is the agreement to be each other’s dates,” Pam says. “The second page says you’ll pose with me for at least twenty-five pictures. The third page lists acceptable colors and styles for your tux. Read that carefully, because if you show up wearing a ruffled shirt, I am legally entitled to kick you in the crotch.”
Word of the Wise:
Do not read this book in the middle of the night. Not unless you want to wake up an entire household.
So I've had this on my TR list for a while. And yeah, I've started like 5 other books but I wasn't really feeling them last night at 12 midnight. Instead, I opened this one.
Which, now that I think about it, was probably the worst decision I could have come to in my sleep deprived state.
Because of the amount of times I burst out laughing. I'm talking extremely loud guffaws and unbelievably piggish snorts that echoed throughout the entire house until I realised exactly what time it was and that people were trying to sleep.
I don't even know how many times it was exactly that I had to hold the uncontrollavke giggles in as silently as possible, all I know is that Flynn Meaney is freaking hilarious.
That said, there were a few things that bothered me throughout the whole thing that hindered me giving this book a full 5 star review. The alternating points of view in this novel irked me a bit at first. The time jumps and random tidbits of information about what was happening elsewhere kind of threw me a little in terms of how they connected plot-wise. But after a while I got used to it. Wasn't exactly thrilled with it, but I got used to it. I was also a little disappointed plot-wise in general. I didn't enjoy the ending, it just fell flat for me and I wish there could have been more said for the PMS - which makes waaaaay more sense and sounds less weird when you read the novel.
But other than the less-than-lack-lustre plot - things were great!
I can honestly say I loved each and every character - they were just written so well. Diva was a perfect diva, Eugene was oddly amusing and the 2 MC's different perceptions of the world around them were so realistic. I have no idea how Meaney came up with the idea of the boy recession, but the way her characters responded and acted in the situation that she put them in were downright hilarious.
Aviva's headlines were classic. A fantastic way to start off each chapter. Eugene's crazy money making schemes? Freaky genius. Pam's prom contract with Josh? Kind of bad-ass and bitchy at the same time - I loved it!
And the relationships? Were so well balanced romantically, especially with the secondary characters who got partnered up. There was a certain delicacy between the characters who ended up together; it reminded me of Buckleys cough syrup - it tastes awful, but it works. When you hear about a match, right off the bat you are totally opposed to it, but then you let it sink in and then you're like huh, that actually works out great!
And the ending? Total companion novel/sequel set up! Aviva at engineering camp with a low girl to guy ratio? That is The Girl Recession waiting to happen!
So I await your next novel Ms Meaney. Hoping you can top this one off with a bang. Until then I guess I'll just have to use these quotes to tide me over:
“Pam thinks it was about a fat girl,” Aviva says, not even looking up as she fills the last line of her notepad.
“Because it goes”—Aviva removes the pen from her mouth and uses it to flip her yellow pages back to where she jotted down lyrics—“ ‘You’re the soft place that I fall.’
“Eug, what is this?” I ask him.
“Pride and Prejudice!” Eugene says, tossing the DVD remote to one of the guys on the couch and coming back to stand with me. “Girls love this shit. Trust me.”
One escort turns around to say, “This version’s not bad. But I prefer the BBC miniseries. Six hours. I own it, if you’re interested.”
When the guy turns back around, Eugene tells me, “I got him from the divorced parents’ meeting.”
"This is as romantic as my prom night is going to get,” Darcy says. “Taping Aviva’s nipples down.”(less)
“You’re not exactly what I’d imagine an angel would be like, you know.”
“I’d always pictured something, well, fluffier.”
Lou Morgan has recreated Hell....more“You’re not exactly what I’d imagine an angel would be like, you know.”
“I’d always pictured something, well, fluffier.”
Lou Morgan has recreated Hell. And I, personally, love what she's done with the place. She's taken the stereotypical fire and brimestone and changed it completely into something even more frightening: a world where everything is ice and ever-numbing cold. She's added a waterfall made of ice, a gate made of bone and on top of that, added some kick-ass characters to the mix.
Blood and Feathers is simply put, fantastic. Why? It hits almost all of my top 5: characterization, plot, style and humour.
Morgan just has a way with words. The language and style she weaved into this story made it ridiculously enjoyable, I couldn't put it down for a second. I had to read it one sitting. Her descriptive words pulled me in hook, line and sinker. And so did the plot. Her take on angels was so new and refreshing that I actually wanted to learn more about the Descended, the Earthbound, the Fallen, the Travelers and even the 12. Her divisions within both Heaven and Hell created this backstory that was just so enjoyable to read.
The angels themselves really became the soldiers Morgan set them out to be; they were cold, blood-thirsty and always fighting for their cause, which is something I never thought could be attributed to an angel. Even the Fallen angels seemed to be more demon-like if anything.
And by tipping the term 'angel' on it's head, it made the characters that much more entertaining:
Alice was a kick-ass heroine. A half-blood who refused to follow orders and refused to take no for an answer. Not to mention the cool fire thing. She was a so-called human placed into the middle of a war between angels, and I have to say she handled herself pretty spectacularly.
But Mallory by far was my favourite character. Another character I have to add to my list of fictional guy's I have a huge crush on. He was a crude, messy, Earthbound angel that had a drinking problem and was a bad-ass fighter to boot. What is there not to love? His humour was hilarious and his 'I care but I don't care' attitude was frustrating but I love him to pieces.
And the Archangels were so well-written. Michael was scary and hardcore and kind of amusing. Like he was the Big Bad. With that kind of entrance, it made him an awesome character with awesome powers who knows how to take charge. Gabriel on the other hand was a corrupt idiot fond of having temper tantrums (which I never thought I'd say) and I while I loved seeing him get put into his place (view spoiler)[Gwyn too. Killing an innocent comrade, cavorting with the Fallen, I knew there was something about him... (hide spoiler)] I can't wait to see what's in store for him in the sequel. And Raphael was just... fluffy. He made me smile goofily in contrast to the other 2.
And a shout-out has to go to Vhnori, or Vin for short, who was just too frickin funny (view spoiler)[that scene where he gives Mallory another gun and then throws Mallory's flask away? Classic. (hide spoiler)]. Plus he has such an awesome name.
The only thing I felt was missing in the novel? Romance!!! While the action scenes were great, the absence of romance was felt. I would've loved to see at least a kiss or two, especially between Mallory and Alice because I have totally hopped on that shipping train (view spoiler)[even despite the whole Mallory and Seket relationship (hide spoiler)]. I would've been happy with a little Vin and Sari action. But no, nothing. Zip. Nada. Guess I'm just gonna have to wait.
All in all, Blood and Feathers was a great novel from a great new debut author. And you can be sure as Hell freezing over that I'm going to get my hands on the sequel.
And so, in conclusion, I offer you all a little taste of what I have dubbed, 'Mallory humour':
“I told you, Alice. I know you. You think we’d leave you unprotected all these years? There’s always been someone watching over you. Your junior school teacher, Esther Charles? A half-born. Eddie North, your college lecturer? An Earthbound. Your therapist...”
“You’re telling me that Dr Grove is an angel? Seriously?”
“No, I was going to tell you he owed me money."
“And to think, when we first met, you were giving me the whole ‘brothers’ spiel. What happened to that, by the way?”
“Fuck it.” Mallory kicked a stone that lay in his path, and watched it bounce along the rock. “That was clearly my charming naivety speaking. It won’t happen again. In the meantime, I suggest we find a way out.”
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I don't know what I was thinking t...moreAwesome or nothing.
The last 3 words of the book.
The last 3 words of the series.
And in the end... it was awesome.
I don't know what I was thinking the ending was going to be like for this series, all I knew was that I was really excited to find out. And I have to say, I think the way Jana Oliver ended it was spot-on awesome.
Everyone's been wondering about Beck's past and it played a major role in the plot development of this story. His interactions with his mother, the memories of this childhood were enough to bring even me to tears. And I hate crying. (It was only like one or two tears anyways). I think Beck really pushed this book along and it was really enjoyable to see him so integral to the plot.
But don't get me wrong, Riley was still kicking ass. She had more of a mental strength to uphold in this one, ending up being Beck's pillar of strength and it added a different element to the story compared to the previous books.
And their relationship? Can I just say, finally? FINALLY! Fans have been waiting for this since the beginning and Jana Oliver delivered. Riley grew up in the sense that she really took the bull by the horns when it came to fighting for their relationship and Beck learned to open up. Ultimately they still had their discrepancies and difficulties but they way they put up with each other, having each other's back through thick or thin really solidified the bond between them. I loved almost every minute of it. The thing was, there were no major squealey moments. I was kinda hoping for those. I wanted a jaw-dropping moment where I physically had to put down the book for a second and walk away in fit of passionate emotion. I didn't get it. I was really hoping I would, but I didn't.
But there are some shout-outs that really have to go out to some of the other characters who actually made me smile with glee or made me want to bawl my eyes out:
Ori: Ah the return of the infamous Fallen angel. He was back and bad-ass as ever and his new demeanor was killer. I totally fell for his righteous act towards the end and what a finish for this guy, let me tell you. Bittersweet. I kind of fell in love with him a bit. So sue me.
Simon: The little Simon that grew. I went from absolutely hating this guy to liking him again by the end of the novel. His interactions with Riley just totally redeemed him in my eyes. It was nice to see.
Grand Master Stewart: I can honestly say I think Grand Master Stewart is hot for an old guy. I think it's the accent, but I could be wrong. I just love his attitude, the fatherly figure he plays, and his little backstory revealed throughout the novel was so fitting.
But my favourite shout-out character is definitely Sadie. She was everything I pictured her to being and more. She was just a horrible mother figure who never had the will to live for her kid and didn't know what do with him. So she abandoned him. Not once did she offer her love to Beck, not even at the end (you'll know what I mean when you get there.) She was just so damn good of a character, so real and shocking that I couldn't get enough of her.
All in all, plot-wise I feel like the ending leaves enough little openings that make me wish there is a possibility for a sequel. It's just the little comments that were said and lack of tattoo removals.
But even if it's wishful thinking I don't mind. Riley and Beck's story might be over, but that doesn't mean I can't read it all over again.(less)
“How artfully we plants beckon; how perfectly we punish. . . .”
First reaction to the book upon finishing...
Holy Mother of Shit Sticks! Where is the s...more“How artfully we plants beckon; how perfectly we punish. . . .”
First reaction to the book upon finishing...
Holy Mother of Shit Sticks! Where is the sequel?!?
After that, I am speechless.
I actually can't believe it took me so long to finish the one, but MAN, am I glad I did!
Kresley Cole's debut in the YA world has literally blown me away. There is no other way for me to describe it. First off, you have to realize that I have a fascination with anything and everything paranormal, especially Tarot. I have my own deck and the concept of any book incorporating the mysticism behind the Major Arcana - it just mesmerizes me. So this book? Totally up my alley. Coupled with not only the dystopian aspect but a hot Cajun guy who speaks French?
Again, Holy Mother of Shit Sticks! Where is the sequel?!?!
To start off, the world building in this story is just phenomenal. From before the Flash, to after the Flash, the juxtaposition between the two was just so thought-out and meticulous that at times it was like I was actually there, like a little spider on the wall watching the entire thing pan out.
And did it ever pan out! The Bagmen were terrifying, the militia were too, the other Arcana were as mysterious as ever, even when some of them were introduced to Evie personally. And while the beginning was a little slow, I can totally understand the need for it. You need to see exactly how big of a change it is to go from Before Flash to After Flash. The backstory helps fuel the book plot wise, and I am hooked. The cause of the Flash, the idea of slavers, the lack of women which I am now realizing is very intriguing, it's all served with a bunch of twists and turns and cartwheels and butterflies that you just cannot avoid. One thing I really loved? The cryptic Arcana calls. All of them were just so obscure and catchy from "Eyes to the skies, lads, I strike from above!" to Come, touch. But you'll pay a price. Together, the Tarot cards integrated with the idea of the Flash apocalypse is just so hauntingly fresh and unfamiliar that you can't fight the pull. I sure couldn't. I mean that ending just about killed me.
And characterization? It has got it in spades! Clubs, hearts and diamonds too, even if that is the wrong deck of cards! Every single character is just so well-written with perfect dialogue and even greater personalities. Matthew makes me want to coddle him and smack him at the same time, Selena intrigues me yet I still want to punch her, and Finn? After the sugartits line he had me. No qualms about it, I think I love him.
But not as much as I love Jackson Deveaux. Even the name has me squealing and fanning my face like a crazed fan lunatic. I haven't fan-girled this much since Daemon Black! Everything from this guy's entrance on a motorbike - which is so totally hot by the way, kudos Cole - to his accent, to his goddamned leather jacket just screams sex appeal and he had me right from the beginning. Hook, line and sink-her!
And the chemistry between him and Evie? Scorching. Torrid. Burning-my-eyeballs-but-I-don't-even-care-at-this-point-he's-so-yummy hot. The way the story balances the romance and action is superb, but it is heightened with these two characters.
Which brings me to the leading lady herself. Honest? At first, I didn't know what to make of her. Didn't know whether I should like her or hate her. I'm feeling the love now though. Brushing off Jackson is not something I would've done, but I now idolize the kick-assness of this chick after the whole Arthur debacle. This girl can fight and she can fight dirty and I love that about her. Her insecurities are totally reasonable, her thoughts are engaging and when push comes to shove, she shows she cares, even though the blood of murderer pretty much runs through her veins. And her powers? I never would have thought that plants could be considered awesome to control but I see the allure now. Still don't like gardening, but see the allure.
One thins I find myself pondering are all these questions now that have arisen. Ones like:
Is it really just the Major Arcana involved here, or will we be seeing things Suit related? Is Jackson really a non-Arcana? Could he belong to a Suit if they come into play at all? And what is up with this war really?
So many questions, not enough answers. And too many days to wait for the sequel. So here's one quote shared with the aim to pull into the thrall of this book. Here's hoping you'll be here with me as I wait for the sequel.
I guess I had been fighting her this entire time, resisting the realization. Indeed she had been coming for me. Even now I could feel her arising—inside of me.
Surely Matthew had sent me those nightmares? Or were they included in the Empress package?
As I peered at my emerald eyes, I recalled other details about the Empress card.
Rolling hills had stretched behind her, but now I realized her empire had been awash in green and red—from both crops and blood. Her hair had been strewn with blossoms, vines—and strands of red.
Her hands had been upraised, arms spread wide, beckoning. Yet her gaze had been deadly, her eyes saying, “Come, touch . . . but you’ll pay a price.”(less)
"E.T." was the first thing that popped into my head when I read the synopsis of this book. OK that's a lie. I thought it after I read the part about D...more"E.T." was the first thing that popped into my head when I read the synopsis of this book. OK that's a lie. I thought it after I read the part about Daemon. The first thing I actually thought was "Hot damn! I gotta get me one of him!"
Take a gander over to the top of the screen, to the left the advertisement and you'll understand what I mean.
And so yeah, visions of a "lumpy little creature" are not the biggest turn on for a book, or anything for that matter, and it appears that Jennifer Armentrout knows this too, because her MC Katy voices the exact same opinion. Until of course she realises that she's living in a town that is basically alien central.
And next door are 2 twin aliens who are at odds over their newest neighbour.
And that's when the story really kicks it up a notch. Meet Neighbour 1, Daemon Black, who is pretty defined by the following equation:
Green Eyes + Great Abs + Obscene Attitude = The Hottest Dickhead You've Ever Met (And hell, we wouldn't have him any other way.)
A rude conversation and quick trip to the grocery store later, enter Neighbour 2, Dee Black: a pretty, endearing, kind "girl" who is not only the twin sister of the "Dickhead" but is also about to become your best friend.
Can I just say, thank you? Thank you Jennifer Armentrout for not only creating a novel which is absolutely enchanting and original, but for also having a kick-ass MC and totally swoon-worthy male lead!
The plot line for this book is just fluid, there's no other way to describe it. It grabs you hook, line and sinker, releases you as a tease and then snatches you up again to repeat the process. Once you pick up this book, you cannot put it down, because any deviation from the book just ruins your flow. The phone rang for me while I was reading and I had to resort to very vulgar language in order to get rid of the person because they interrupted me. But it was worth it.
The characters were just what the YA genre needs these days. They were real, they had flaws, and they were just so goddamned likable! Kat was sassy, aggressive, but also emotional and fragile. She had guts, bravery and a bit of a mouth on her, which was refreshing, let me tell you. Dee was literally the picture of innocence, honesty and trust. She was quick to forgive and really brought out the best in others.
But my (and soon to be everyone else's) favourite character was without a doubt, Daemon. Daemon was moody and judgemental, but was also extremely protective of those he cared about and had the qualities of a fearless leader. He also had by far some of the best one-liners ever, full of arrogance and insolence which were entertaining as hell. His physical description literally reminded me of a young Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries, of course played by Ian Somerhalder with green eyes.
And what I absolutely loved about this novel was the ending. It was well played on Jennifer Armentrout's part. Don't want to reveal too much, but it goes without saying that the sequel will be brimming with much wanted sexual chemistry.
This book definitely deserves way more than just 5 stars, (more like the entire night sky's worth of stars) and let me tell you, May 2012 is most definitely way too far away to wait for the sequel Onyx.
Favourite quote: Daemon's entrance and Kat's "I don't take bullshit from anyone" response. It does not get much better than this.
“You get on Route 2 and turn onto U.S. 220 North, not South. Takes you into Petersburg.” He let out an irritated breath, as if he were doing me a huge favor. “The Foodland is right in town. You can’t miss it. Well, maybe you could. There’s a hardware store next door, I think. They should have things that go in the ground.”
“Thanks,” I muttered and added under my breath, “Douchebag.”
He laughed, deep and throaty. “Now that’s not very ladylike, Kittycat.”
I whipped around. “Don’t ever call me that,” I snapped.
“It’s better than calling someone a douchebag, isn’t it?” He pushed out the door. “This has been a stimulating visit. I’ll cherish it for a long time to come.”
Okay. That was it. “You know, you’re right. How wrong of me to call you a douchebag. Because a douchebag is too nice of a word for you,” I said, smiling sweetly. “You’re a dickhead.”
First off, that cover makes me swoon a little bit.
Maybe more than a little bit.
OK, a lot.
But more importantly, this book gave me chills. Like I'm t...moreFirst off, that cover makes me swoon a little bit.
Maybe more than a little bit.
OK, a lot.
But more importantly, this book gave me chills. Like I'm talking honest-to-goodness chills. Now, as someone who frequently gets chills and then is subjected to awkwardly shuddering at the most inopportune moments, this should be normal. But it was late at night (1-ish in the morning?), I was totally riveted to my new tablet (Google Nexus 7 - I love it!), and I was toasty warm underneath my massively huge and cozy comforter, which left me with 2 conclusions:
1. There were ghosts terrorizing me in my room at opportune moments in the book.
2. These chills were most definitely induced by the awesome book I was reading.
And Immortal City was most definitely an awesome book. Once my eyes took sight of it's cover, I was hooked. This in turn made me give the book extremely high expectations. Now, I will fully admit that I judge books by their covers - I'm only human. But the important question is, did Immortal City meet those expectations born from my horrible shallowness?
Well, almost. Sort of. I don't... know?
Let me start with the jaw-droppers:
The plotline was, simply put, fantastic. The whole Guardian-Angel's-are-only-for-those-who-can-afford-them premise is genius. I loved the entire concept: how it was set-up, how it played it out - I loved it all. The lottery, the murders, the mortalization of Angels and the world, especially the world that Speer created was just phenomenal. The City of Angels where Angels are either revered as god-like or hated as demons, was just so realistic. Sure, the repetitiveness of the word Angel got to me after a while, but isn't that what it's like in today's world? You get tired of hearing all the same crap about celebrities? Without a doubt, the highlight of the novel for me was the world depicted in the story itself.
But that brings me to the tanks: characterization. The characters started off so great; Maddy, the lead female, especially. She was shy yet strong, but as her relationship with Jacks progressed I found myself distancing myself a bit with her character. Her insecurities and erratic thoughts and decisions made me cringe a little at times, and while I still like her, I just feel like there could have been so much more behind her character. With the amount of mystery still surrounding her, I hope to find more layers to her in the sequel, but until then, I can only take Maddy in short bursts.
Biggest disappointment? Jackson. He was just 'meh' for me, and I have no idea why. I guess I was hoping for a little snark, a little bite and he was just so goody-two-shoes-ish that he didn't feel like he was fully 3-dimensional.
But I did really enjoy the character Sylvester, who was just so darn likable for some reason. He helped push the plot along and really added to the mystery in the story in an unconventional way.
The story itself, regardless of the essential plot was fast-paced. I don't know if it worked this way either, because while I understand that a book can get to be a bit of a turnoff if its rather thick, I was constantly craving more description when it came to the romance between Jacks and Maddy, which in all honesty, felt rushed. But where the romance was rushed, the action scenes really came to life for me. The school scene literally scared me half-to-death, and the crime scenes held the perfect amount of suspense even though they were essentially about dead body parts. So a pretty good balance in that sense.
Now something that I would have appreciated would have been some humour, which I felt the story lacked in general. I kept waiting for it, but it never really happened which was kind of depressing.
But I will be latching onto Natural Born Angel, no matter what. Hopefully Speer ups his game character-wise and keeps me hooked in the fabulous world that is Immortal City.
And so I leave you with a quote that kept me plastered to the book until I finished it:
“Let’s go,” Maddy said. “We can make it if we run.” Jacks held her arm with an iron grip.
“No. We can’t,” he said quietly.
“Why not?” she whispered, almost pleading.
“Because it’s in here with us.”
Maddy heard the door to the classroom click shut. The darkness felt suddenly alive all around her. Then she heard it. The faintest sound of air.
She could hear the thing breathing.
God, remind me to never read anything like this in the middle of the night ever again. I'll never get any sleep!(less)