I've had this first book and the remainder of the series on my nightstand for A YEAR. All my sons read it and said it was pretty good. I'm such a papeI've had this first book and the remainder of the series on my nightstand for A YEAR. All my sons read it and said it was pretty good. I'm such a paperback snob now that it took my Kindle going on the fritz for me to bother. I'm glad I did, it's really a fun read. It is the perfect, upper middle grade level paranormal vamp book, super-short, witty with a nice thread of mystery and intriguing details about vampire lore throughout. Of course, as a female I dig the male POV, it's fresh and interesting.
Vladimir Tod is a dude that's not cool and gets harassed for it at school. He's also half-vampire. The book unflinchingly details the routine of Vlad's daily life and the struggles of hiding his true nature while trying to mainstream in eighth grade while he does. Trouble strikes when his English teacher goes missing and the substitute who replaces him seems a little *too* sharp for Vlad's comfort. Add in a girl that he likes that he's too shy to pursue and the bullies who won't stop bugging him, Vlad's vampirism almost takes a back seat.
Almost. The best part of this book is the last twenty pages when Brewer introduces action and pacing that was a lacking in the first two thirds. These fast reading, simple books are mildly addictive and I think I'll be reading the rest. I find I like Vlad and wonder what will happen to him in the future. The author left some unanswered questions that beg answering. People that enjoy middle grade fiction that's well-done with subtle humor and a male POV will really like this book. It may be too "young" for some adult readers and the inconsistent pacing of action may not be for all but I really liked it. Super clean too, for parents that are worried about gratuitous elements....more
I've already read Crane's first book in the Significance Series and liked it a lot. I loved this one. She seems to have really gotten a head o' steamI've already read Crane's first book in the Significance Series and liked it a lot. I loved this one. She seems to have really gotten a head o' steam and taken the characters to a new level. The ending was so well-done, I loved it. I think she could even do more action. I especially enjoyed those portions of her novel.
This is definitely morphing into a Christian-themed novel but it's okay for the secular crowd as well. Maggie and Caleb's relationship deepens and the ones' surrounding theirs evolve nicely as well. The pacing, like the first one, was well-done and the dialogue improved. There was some plot twisting at the end that was unexpected and has set up the third novel nicely. If you like themes with alpha-males in protective roles this is a must-buy series. It is not a stand-alone, you'll have to buy "Significance" as well. They were both hard to put down and terrific reading.
*IMHO, Crane's work has the same quality as Amanda Hocking's in this regard: "what's going to happen next?" If you've read Hocking's work and couldn't wait to read the next book, Crane's has that same vibe.
As an aside, I like the interesting book covers Crane has chosen and she's an approachable author; always a plus....more
This is really a 4.5 star and that will be reflected when I submit my review for: www.seldoviagazette.com. I did not want to denigrate this book by roThis is really a 4.5 star and that will be reflected when I submit my review for: www.seldoviagazette.com. I did not want to denigrate this book by rounding "down" in stars.
This is a book that keeps the mystery at a high fever pitch until the very end ( maybe too long). I loved the tension but the unveiling came a little too late [in the novel's progression] and felt "anti-climatic." I also never got a real "fix" on the mother-daughter relationship. I felt that the mom's behavior was inconsistent as the novel progressed. Those are my main gripe(s) that kept it from being a "5."
I really like King's writing style, I found myself emotionally involved with the story at the end; really unusual for me. There is a smoothness of transition and story-telling that reminded me of Karen McQuestion. That's what she'll be in a few more books. King drew me in to feeling for, rooting for, caring for the characters. I loved her premise and the roles the respective characters played. Finally, an "alpha" male lead in a YA paranormal romance I could "sink my teeth into!" Sometimes, the males are written to be "wimpy," and it doesn't resonate for me. Mark was a real dude and should feel that way to chicks that read it.
I *loved* the ending with the action and violence! I wish YA's were written with more of this contrary interaction. So many are too sappy and slow-paced to get a reader's blood pumping! The ending more-than-made up for the slow start!
I will definitely be purchasing any future installments. Keep writing, Tiffany!...more
The author invites the reader at the end of "Demon Kissed" to read the first chapter of the sequel, "Cursed," if we "can't wait" to read the next bookThe author invites the reader at the end of "Demon Kissed" to read the first chapter of the sequel, "Cursed," if we "can't wait" to read the next book.
I CAN'T WAIT! There's a reason this book is so popular. Ward's got it all goin' on here: suspense, romantic tension, intrigue throughout, not much not to love in this novel! This is the 5th book I've read with some kind of spin on angelic/demon themes and it is the very best. Tight prose and superb pacing make this an I-can't-put-it-down. Go ahead, I dare you, it was that *fantastic*. I read all but the last three percent (I know,I know, but I fell asleep on the last part and the Kindle hit my face...that happens sometimes). I finished the ending today and wOw~!
Sophia has a guy she's great friends with that's a lady's man and it's just the way she likes it; "safe." Relationships have been a sore spot in the past and keeping everyone at arms' length really appeals. When Collin tries to get closer, she pulls away. In steps Eric, her lab partner, and he is the perfect foil for the relationship progressing toward intimacy. Soon, Sophia discovers who she really is and more importantly, what her purpose is. The entire novel pokes a dirty stick at trust in relationships, constantly forcing the MC to analyze her decisions at every turn. This alone made the novel a tense, page-turner. The premise was very unique in a sea of "sameness" in this little sub-genre and I was so pleased to try and figure out all the information and how the author tied it together.
I buy the sequel to books that have a series about half the time. Many times I'll read the first in a series but if it's pretty good or mediocre, I won't buy the second. I will be RACING out to buy "Cursed" ASAP. If you like a fast-paced, action-driven novel with an interesting premise, this is the one for you~! People that liked the novel, "The Soulkeepers," will love this.
I have read the preceding ten books in this enormously popular series that has been made into the equally popular HBO True Blood TV series.*3.5 stars*
I have read the preceding ten books in this enormously popular series that has been made into the equally popular HBO True Blood TV series. My hat is totally off to these authors that write series'! I never understood what it was to produce fresh material that is at once engaging and true to the characters. Harris manages this for the most part but there is an introspective erosion going on with the main character, Sookie, that I found unsettling. And it's not that Harris is evolving and maturing Sookie, it's as if Sookie has morphed into someone else. There was a pervasive sense of melancholy throughout this work and it “read” differently, more sadly, than her preceding installments.
I never felt the fire or passion from the Eric-Sookie connection that we had grown accustomed to and the typical romantic tension was omitted. There was plenty of action and conflict, Sookie never had a moment's peace and although (as some may know of my preference in this area) I like an almost frenetic pacing of events that build one on top of another. But in this case, they all collided and didn't resolve in a satisfying way. There was also a build-up to a special token that Sookie had received that never came to culmination and that felt anti-climatic, unfinished. Equally unsettling was the character shift of Alcide. What happened?
On the plus side, (which you may be thinking by now there isn't one), she is still the same satirically funny author that we love with more interesting Fae details and Fae interaction in this book than its predecessors. We finally find out some critical facts and history many of us fans have been dying to know. Hunter (Sookie's telepathic nephew) figures more prominently and that was also interesting. The book is engaging and is a decent read. It would be a great book if one had never read the others; fun, entertaining, comedic...good pacing. But for me, since I had a historical point-of-reference, it just wasn't up to par. I had read the reviews and chose to borrow this from my library as the justification for buying the $14 ebook was it would need to be 11x's better than all the $2.99 books I've been reading. The reviewers weighed in with a decisive “average,” (other readers opinions hold a lot of weight!). DR is in the category of “beach read.” I advise a less expensive purchase route unless there is a price reduction under-ten buck range. You almost need to read this installment if the series continues to be up-to-speed on the newer info and developments. Harris is a fine writer with a real knack for mysteries/timing/dialogue. I have not read her mystery series but enjoyed the Grave Series very much (which has a mystery as integral). Possibly the death of Harris' mother, who she dedicated this book to, was too much in her head while she wrote. Just a thought. I will read the next installment.
A most popular Horror-genre novelist, King's more recent work has fallen flat. However, his earlier work is intensely engaging, with Firestarter [beinA most popular Horror-genre novelist, King's more recent work has fallen flat. However, his earlier work is intensely engaging, with Firestarter [being] my absolute favorite King work to date.
Our eight-year-old protagonist, Charlie, leads a seemingly normal life with parents who(before her birth) participated in a government-funded study during their college years. The results of the experimentation altered them in ways they couldn't have anticipated, which included altering their DNA. Charlie, a product of this altered DNA has abilities that are all her own and made for an “exciting” toddler-hood for her parents!
They have built a happy family for themselves but soon find that they have been under government surveillance for years and that happiness is eventually threatened and altered. A tug-of-war between the family unit and the government ensues and they find themselves struggling to protect what is most precious and fighting the exploitation of their daughter.
King is the master of subtle humor mixed with revealing the underbelly of humanity in sly flashes throughout his work. He almost always portrays people that are integrity-driven to balance out the inherent evil that he creates. In this work, as a reader, we agonize for the family as they continue to make tough choice after tough choice, then finally, the best choice out of bad ones. Especially compelling is Charlie's bravery in the face of [nearly] unsurmountable odds.
If you enjoy Firestarter, other King works which are very good are the following: The Stand (saga-length), Carrie and Salem's Lot. ...more
This debut novel from Independent, “Indie” author Addison Moore has an ingenious premise and excludes all the “tired” vampire and shifters that have rThis debut novel from Independent, “Indie” author Addison Moore has an ingenious premise and excludes all the “tired” vampire and shifters that have run amuck from book publishing in all formats of late.
Moore draws us in with a teenage girl named aptly, Skyla Messenger, who discovers she's of angelic descent(and she is not the only one)!The book revolves around this sub-species of extraordinary humans which possess extraordinary traits. The novel has all the telltale Young Adult regulars: love triangle, stressed familial relationship, new town and angst, but Moore manages what could have been a mediocre read with true teen dialogue and a character that is not one-dimensional. She's especially adept at showing teen girl pettiness (sorry girls, this really rung true!) while doing a fair turn of comedic dialogue.
For readers that need a lot of action, this will not do, it evolves to include some action but is not an “action” book.
Fans of Twilight and Amanda Hocking's work (My Blood Approves and Switched) may enjoy this read. Book two in the Celestra Series is Tremble, available now on Amazon.com.