The great thing about time travel is that is a confusing mumbo jumbo that forces one to slowly devour the story in order to gain a full grasp of the m...moreThe great thing about time travel is that is a confusing mumbo jumbo that forces one to slowly devour the story in order to gain a full grasp of the mess time travelers create. However, it depends on whether the time travel novel is one worth devouring or so. Tempest is one that is totally worth devouring with its mystery-esque driven plot and sweet romantic moments that make me sigh.
Jackson is not an average college student. Lately, he has been jumping back into the past and coming back. Don't worry, nothing he does in the past affects the present. But when his girlfriend Holly is shot and he's launched into the past and cannot get back to the present, Jackson begins to dig deeper to discover his past and new-found powers.
Tempest was fast-paced read with a mix of clichéd and originality. While all of the concepts were totally Back to the Future, the plot line was driven with an intent to write an unforgettable start to a trilogy of mystery, sacrifice and extraordinary powers that make Jackson a character as unforgettable as Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs from the Infernal Devices. Although there is no similarity between these two series, the male leads are both selfless, charming men worthy of the lady they love.
Jackson was a strong male-lead. He did make stupid decisions at times, but who doesn't? He may not be the brightest bulb among a bunch, but he is smart when it comes to making decisions that affect others. He is so selfless, it made me envious. If only there were more people like him in the world. His devotion to Holly was beyond belief. He was willing to do anything to guarantee her life, it was sweet.
Meanwhile, Holly was not my favorite. She wasn't real enough. It was Jackson who had all of the emotion and Holly was a plot device to drag around for the sake of bringing Tempest to its climax and cliff-hanger ending. In a way, she is similar to Sarah in I am Number Four. She is a useless blonde thing that is the reason for the hero's downfall. But in this case, she was less selfish and more willing to have make-out sessions.
The time traveling thing was executed magnificently in Tempest. There were times that drove me insane because of the slowly climbing plot, but others that had so much new information to absorb that made is a blurried mess. Luckily, for the most part; it was neither. Those times were perfectly timed to reveal and solve some mysteries that Jackson and the reader is puzzled about. Hopefully, the sequels to come will be more fluid and less clumsy with the execution of time traveling.
It is worth reading, Tempest, I mean. There are flaws, but looking past those faults, Tempest was an enjoyable read that will force the reader enjoy this thrill-ride and find themselves disappointed with the length of Tempest at the end. (less)
I cannot describe the emotions that came over me as I read Before I Wake. All I can say is that Rachel Vincent is a genius, once again. Each one of th...moreI cannot describe the emotions that came over me as I read Before I Wake. All I can say is that Rachel Vincent is a genius, once again. Each one of the Soul Screamers novels exceeds its predecessor in its own special way, making it so much more of an adventure to read each time I pick up the latest book in the series.
Before I Wake is probably one of the most emotional books in the series. I mean, I considered My Soul to Save to be the one that broke my heart the most. That was until Before I Wake came into my life. Kaylee's life as a reaper is definitely not an easy path. She finds that life is not as simple as it once was, even as a bean sidhee. I really thought I hated Rachel Vincent for a while. I mean, Kaylee's been through enough already, but you just have to continue tossing tons of problems at Kaylee to make her suffer more. C'mon, have some mercy.
Unfortunately, those very same twists and turns tossed at Kaylee are the very reason why Before I Wake surpasses all of the other Soul Screamers books. Everything Kaylee goes through makes her and the relationships she has with everyone else stronger, which I find incredibly powerful. It has come to the point that Kaylee is one of my fave YA heroines in history. Not because of her kick-buttness, because honestly, Kaylee isn't really a fighter, but more because of her relationships with everyone around her.
Honestly, I was a little disappointed with how things were played out with Sophie and Lucian. The novella, Never to Sleep, seemed to make such a huge deal out of Sophie's mysterious power and Lucian's identity. In the end, Before I Wake seemed to downplay everything that was hinted to make room for Kaylee's suffering. There is no development in explaining Sophie's power, nor any mention of the events of Never to Sleep. I guess we'll have to wait for With All My Soul.
I probably can't write a review of a Soul Screamers book without a mention of Tod. Tod, of course, was as amazing as always. However, this time around, we see all of Tod's actions coming back to haunt him. Even if the purpose of his actions were good, everything is going down a spiral. With All My Soul will have to do a lot of fixing to get this world back on track.
Before I Wake did not disappoint, except for the lack of development in Sophie's power and new understanding of the Netherworld. Otherwise, Before I Wake possessed everything that I know and love from Soul Screamers; plot twists, evil hellions, snarky Tod and an unbelievable end to the book. I know that I can't wait for With All My Soul.
I would love to say that Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of my top reads of the year. It was one of the top reads of 2011 for a reason. The reason...moreI would love to say that Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of my top reads of the year. It was one of the top reads of 2011 for a reason. The reason for this is the top books of 2011 were ones of original concepts and brilliant ideas melding together to form a unique reading experience. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is no exception, but I felt that there could have been more, less lacking, despite the 400-some pages.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a puzzling read. The blurb given on the cover flap is extremely vague, which shows as the book starts out. Not much information or background history is given. As the book progresses, the book, which starts out dark, becomes gloomier and more melancholy. In contrast to most YA lit, the darker side of Daughter of Smoke and Bone is alluring and pumps me up to discover what is to happen next.
As mentioned earlier, the book starts out dark. This grey-ish shade is enjoyable to read, but lacking in emotions and plot development. For most of the book, Karou is spent wandering around for no reason. I found it incredibly pointless and a waste of time to even try to comprehend the reasoning behind the numerous flashbacks and useless characters that Karou interacts with.
The setting of Amsterdam is advertised in the blurb. Too bad, it is barely mentioned or described thoroughly. Amsterdam is a gorgeous European city, but nothing worth mentioning takes place. The action and monumental moments take place in other dimensions or other countries not worth mentioning. Disappointing is the word that explains my feelings.
I found the giant twist at the end one worthy of having a sequel to it. The darker side is a flashback to the history of Karou's existence, which is quite disturbing, I will admit. I was shocked as I frantically flipped through the pages of a tragic love story. My gosh...... It was a heartbreaking love story, so much more passionate and tear-wrenching than Romeo and Juliet could ever try to be. Those dozens of pages were my favorite parts of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
The writing of Daughter of Smoke and Bone is entrancing enough already. But to add in the mix; a OMG cliffhanger haves me more pumped up to pick up the sequel. The language and subtle hints embedded in the text make the world of Daughter of Smoke and Bone a dreamy world that is out there in the ether, waiting to be grasped. I recommend the Daughter of Smoke and Bone despite its various flaws. Besides, they did not hinder my enjoyment of it whatsoever. (less)