My first and final thought about this book was WOW! The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is one of those books that you can't put down, don't want to en...moreMy first and final thought about this book was WOW! The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is one of those books that you can't put down, don't want to end and one that you love every minute of.
Allie the main character is a survivor! She may come across at times as a little harsh but underneath it all, she cares a great deal, which gets her into big trouble quite a few times. After being attacked by 'Rabids' while out scavenging for food, Allie is saved and turned into the thing she loathes the most.... A vampire!
Julie Kagawa's world building is the best that I have come across so far. I can feel the bleak, harsh, and darkly dystopian feel oozing off the page. The descriptions given to the vampire city leave you in no doubt that this is a dangerous and sinister place to survive in. Not only do you have to worry about vampires, there are also rabids; Hideous creatures whose descriptions remind me of the things from the movie Priest, and cannibalistic gangs that actually came across as worse than the vamps to me.
I'm not going to go into the storyline at all because I hate having spoilers, but from the word go, The Immortal Rules packs a lot of punches, which leave you gasping for air! I loved how Allie slowly comes to terms with what she has become and also fights the basic urges she now has to try to remain as human as possible.
By the end of the book, I was in love with this series and wanting the next book right then! If you want to read a book where the vampires are gritty and not the normal captivating smexy kind, this book is for you.(less)
Cinder by Melissa Meyers is a unique retelling of the much-beloved classical tale of Cinderella. Now if that was all the story was about it wouldn't b...moreCinder by Melissa Meyers is a unique retelling of the much-beloved classical tale of Cinderella. Now if that was all the story was about it wouldn't be getting four ravens from me! When I think of Cinderella, I see a nasty uncaring step-mother, two ugly and equally unpleasant step sisters, the oh so handsome prince and a fairy godmother. Well, you’re getting all that with in my opinion some very cool twists. There’s not just her wicked step mother and step sister (only one is a b…. with a capital B) there is also an evil, and I mean EVIL Queen! I’m blown away by Meyers’s novel. It has so much going for it. I love the Asian setting, the aliens or lunar race living on the moon, the virus that is ravaging the country, and mostly I love the cyborg elements.
The storyline has a fast pace, even if I knew where it was ultimately heading. Cinder, in my opinion, is one cool chick! She’s a mechanic, part cyborg and apparently can attract a prince with grease spots on her face. Lucky she is… between a deadly plague, the truly evil plans her stepmother comes up with, and the possibility of the Lunars attacking earth, there is a lot to keep our girl busy. And of course there’s the ball – I mean come on, it just wouldn't be Cinderella without the ball and Cinders struggles to get there.
I think you know by now how much I loved the book, and I am having a hard time waiting for the next book to come out. I cannot wait to see where the story takes Cinder and what happens when you don’t get your happily ever after… (less)
When I first saw this book I thought... Oh a retelling of Edgar Alan Poe's "The Mask of the Red Death" but, although there a few similar features Beth...moreWhen I first saw this book I thought... Oh a retelling of Edgar Alan Poe's "The Mask of the Red Death" but, although there a few similar features Bethany Griffins novel is an exquisitely dark dystopian novel that deserves to stand by itself.
Masque of the Red Death is one of those books that doesn't hold back; it had me hooked from the very first page. The plot has so many twists, turns and omg moments that you never know what's coming next.
Our main character Araby is best described as a shell... She isn't really a whole person in the beginning of the novel. She is mourning her brother and carrying around guilt that isn't deserved. Araby has made an oath to Finn not to never experience any of the things he can't. Mostly, this means not feeling happiness. To escape and find oblivion from the pain she feels she goes to The Debauchery Club with her best friend April, where she hides her pain in beautiful dresses, alcohol and drugs.
One of the most interesting aspects of the story is the love triangle if that's what I would call it between Araby, Elliot and Will.
Elliot, who is Aprils brother comes across as a broken yet focused individual who at first fakes his feelings for Araby as a means to an end. However, as the story moves along we see that Elliot's feelings become real even though he tries to fight them. Elliot is a complex character that endeared himself to me over time.
Will, is a complete polar opposite to Elliot... He comes across as warm, caring and approachable. Will works hard at the Debauchery Club as a doorman, testing patrons before they enter to see if they are contagious. He does this to support his younger brother and sister who come to adore Araby just as much as Will. Although Will seems to be the easy pick out of two things aren't always that black and white.
All the characters and their back stories are generously described. Each has their own secrets, and was a pleasure to read about. Griffin's writing makes it easy to connect with the main characters and to empathise with their feelings and situation.
The mood of Masque of the Red Death is intense, eerie and quite frankly, menacing. People are dropping dead on the street while the rest flee in disgust and terror yet there is also a feeling of numbness about it all. I like many readers I imagine would see a similarity to what it might have been like to live through "The Plague". Houses boarded up, signs on the door marking where the diseased or dead are, body collectors with carts moving along the streets and an undercurrent of fear and violence. The description of the disease made my stomach turn and if that wasn't bad enough a new disease starts to spread at the end, which makes the first seem like a fluffy kitten!
Overall, Masque of the Red Death is a freakishly imaginative and exciting novel! Get this book as soon as you can because, you will not be disappointed!
I also just need to say... arghh to a twist near the end that left me reeling! You have been warned ;D (less)