Title: The Psychology of Twilight Author: Editor – David Klonsky et al. Publisher/format: eARC, Smart Pop How I got this: Netgalley Challenges: 2012 ebo...moreTitle: The Psychology of Twilight Author: Editor – David Klonsky et al. Publisher/format: eARC, Smart Pop How I got this: Netgalley Challenges: 2012 ebook challenge
Synopsis (From Goodreads.com):
You’ve read the books. You’ve seen the films. Now get inside the heads of your favorite Twilight characters (just like Edward can!) in The Psychology of Twilight.
Explore the minds and motives of Bella, Edward, Jacob, and more with a deeper look at the series that’s captured the hearts—and psyches—of millions. Find out:
� How Edward and Jacob match up in an evolutionary psychology smackdown for Bella’s—and our—affection � Whether Bella’s motorcycle-riding and cliff diving in New Moon are suicidal—or her salvation � Why vampires and werewolves aren’t so different after all (at least psychologically) � The emotional appeal of love stories like Bella and Edward’s � Why being a part of Twilight fandom is good for your psychological health
Snuggle up on the closest chaise, and get ready to revisit the Twilight Saga—with some professional help.
I’m a psychology graduate, and as such, I’m pretty fascinated with more or less anything to do with psychology. When I saw this was available on Netgalley, my inner psychology nerd couldn’t resist, even if actually, I’m not the biggest Twilight fan ever.
This book explores, in a series of essays, the psychology behind several areas of Twilight, including the humanity of the vampires, Bella’s choice between Edward and Jacob and why the Twilight phenomena spread so rapidly.
Overall, the essays seemed well thought out. I liked that there was some referencing (again, psychology nerd) and I liked that everything mentioned did seem likely. It was almost refreshing to see it analyzed psychologically by people with a psychological background rather than online speculation and such.
Personally, I tended to prefer the essays towards the end of the book, which dealt with the effects Twilight has had on people, and why it was so widely enjoyed. I think the reason for this was that those dealing with Bella’s mental state and the comparisons between the Cullens as a family and human families were a lot more speculative, given that it’s all fictional. Somehow, I couldn’t quite get into it, probably because I ended up continually reminding myself that it was fictional. Probably because I have a background in the subject, applying psychology (which normally deals with things that can be proven) to a fictional subject matter was just a little weird for me. But I think that probably is just me.
I very much ended up enjoying this, it was definitely something different, and it was nice to see psychology in a light that wasn’t just reading research papers. Definitely recommended to anyone who enjoyed Twilight even a little bit, and anyone who is interested in Psychology. (less)
I have to admit, even before I downloaded this one, I was skeptical. I don’t normally judge books by their covers, but this one pretty much scr...moreReview:
I have to admit, even before I downloaded this one, I was skeptical. I don’t normally judge books by their covers, but this one pretty much screamed Twilight to me. And whilst I didn’t completely hate Twilight, that worried me. Since Twilight, there have been a lot of Twilight-alike’s after all.
I have to admit, because of that, I wasn’t overly surprised with what I found inside. I’m not saying that the story was completely unoriginal, because it wasn’t. It’s just that the start of the story starts very much in the way Twilight does – human girl is saved by do-gooder vampire. Admittedly, there’s the twist that Danielle is American compared to Ethan who is English. That, and Cheri Schmidt has at least made vampires which are lethal, and taken vampire mythology into account. I liked that about the book.
However, I did have issues with the fact that Ethan, his family and Danielle’s family were meant to be English. I kind of felt that this was by far overstated, as if the book being set in London wasn’t quite enough. They kept doing very stereotypically British things, like taking afternoon tea and eating fish and chips and cucumber sandwiches. As a fellow English person, I don’t remember the last time my friends and I went out for afternoon tea. To be fair, we’re as likely to have a cuppa in the office, made using a teabag and an electric kettle. In some ways I liked it – but it didn’t feel authentic, I think is what I’m looking for.
That said, the latter part of the book was definitely better for me. I mean, I could still draw the Twilight comparisons. But the story did veer off in its own direction, and I kind of liked the direction it took.
Overall, this wasn’t my favourite read of 2012, but it definitely wasn’t bad. I won’t be rushing out to read the other two books in the series, but I wouldn’t rule out reading them either. I have to admit, I hope the Britishisms are a little less overplayed in the next one, and I hope that the direction taken at the end of this book is continued.
Generally, a good read – I’d say it’s one for the Twilight fans, and probably fairly well suited to younger teens.
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Normally this wouldn’t be the sort of book I’d immediately go for. In fact, when I first hea...moreFind this review and others like it at my blog, Hey, Tara
Normally this wouldn’t be the sort of book I’d immediately go for. In fact, when I first heard about it, I figured it would be kind of “meh” in my opinion. I could take it or leave it. However, the more I heard about it, the more intrigued I got. How the heck could a relationship between a normal American girl and an Amish boy work? And that’s what made me bite the bullet and request the book in the first place. I’m glad I did, and whilst I had a few small problems with the book, generally I found myself enjoying it and wanting to know what was going to come next.
Firstly, I’ll talk about what I enjoyed. One was the descriptions of the Amish way of life. I really enjoyed finding out about Noah’s world, as Amish culture isn’t a subject I’m particularly familiar with, or know a lot about. It’s one of those things I had been aware of, but never really thought about at any length. For me, it was really interesting, and sympathetically done.
Another was the characters. I felt by the end that I really knew Rose and her family, and I liked the different relationships that Rose had with her different family members. Rose herself was also a fun character, and I found that I liked her independence (though as pointed out, she does cry a lot throughout the book) and the way that she both wants to please Noah and his family, but treads the line between that independence at the same time. I also liked Sam as a character – especially the way he’s halfway between father-figure and annoying big brother. Noah, as a character, I wasn’t sure of, I have to admit. At times he was very caring, but at times he was overpowering, overprotective and downright controlling. I’m guessing that could partly be explained as a culture difference, though for me that was never clarified, so I’m left unsure as to whether it was intentional.
The romance between Rose and Noah, however, was well written, and I liked the attention to detail in the romantic moments between the two. However, this does bring me on to some of the stuff I enjoyed less. At times, said romance felt somewhat rushed. Like, they’d looked at each other a few times, and then suddenly there was an all-consuming need to be together. Not that this ruined the story in any way for me, it just felt like more time could have been spent building things between them. Likewise how quickly Rose is under his spell and visa versa. Rose also seemed to jump between the aforementioned independence and doing whatever Noah asked of her, and unfortunately for me, it didn’t really keep in with her character.
That said, this book for me was a really interesting snapshot of a culture very different to my own combined with a perfectly summery love story. Given I wanted a lighter read when I picked this one up, it was absolutely perfect. At the end of the eARC I received, there was a preview of the next book, and I’ll very much be looking forward to picking that one up.
Firstly, to cover myself more than anything, I'm going to state that this novel is not a YA novel, and contains very adult scenes. There is violence,...moreFirstly, to cover myself more than anything, I'm going to state that this novel is not a YA novel, and contains very adult scenes. There is violence, and whilst this is no Fifty Shades of Grey, there are definitely sexual encounters in this book. However, with that out of the way, I shall continue with the review.
I'm going to admit, I'd thought this book would be a lot more… cheesy than it was. I literally had images in my head of B-movies about female vampires seducing unsuspecting human males and having their wicked way with them… yeah, we've all pretty much seen that one before. And okay, the storyline for this was somewhat like that to start with, but what made it not-cheesy-B-Movie-esque for me was the characters.
Joe is pretty much your average nerd, and more or less reminds me of all my male friends. He likes pubs rather than clubs, he struggles with approaching women, and he likes role-playing games. He's also recently started experimenting with vegetarianism, which of course, makes it all the more ironic when he finds that his first girlfriend has turned him into a vampire without his consent.
I really enjoyed Joe's inner monologue, and the way he reacts to things throughout the story - for example, he's pretty angry about becoming Newfoundland's first vegetarian vampire, but his nerdy side seems to think it's pretty cool. Joe also worries about real-world things, such as how he's going to deal with his parents since becoming a vampire, and how he's going to manage keeping up his commitments to his old friends - as well as balancing finishing his college degree. It would have been easy for the author to ignore those things, and I'm really glad he didn't because for me, it completely ruins my immersion in a story when I think about those kinds of details!
Cassandra was also a good character, I felt, and I liked the way she really had backstory and that it was touched upon throughout the book so that as a reader, you really understood what she was about. She was also the perfect mix of seductive girlfriend and mentor towards Joe, rather than being all out seductress. I also like the fact that she wasn't perfect, and had her own set of insecurities.
I also enjoyed the way the author interweaves previous vampire stories/legends, by bringing Count Dracula himself and The Countess into the mix!
Though, I have to admit, I kind of wanted more backstory on John Snow, Cassandra's estranged-husband-turned-killer. I think it would have given the story a little more depth, and yeah okay, I like my villains to be really evil. Not that I'm saying John Snow wasn't, I just like to really understand my villains. I also wanted a little more detail on the council, and it felt a little like a loose end at the end - though maybe it's one of those situations where ambiguous is best.
Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and whilst I wouldn't recommend it to a young-adult audience, I would recommend it to anyone who feels they can handle the mature themes, and enjoys a vampire book where there is no sparkling whatsoever.(less)
As with the last book, I was blown away by the cohesiveness of the world Cassandra Clare has managed to create in this series. The idea of Downworlder...moreAs with the last book, I was blown away by the cohesiveness of the world Cassandra Clare has managed to create in this series. The idea of Downworlders being out there everywhere is just how I’d imagine things to be if vampires and lycanthropes and all that were actually real.
I also love the characters in this series – I have to admit, like just about everyone else, Jace is a firm favourite, though for me it’s mainly in his dry sense of humour and sarcasm. I liked Clary more in this book than in the previous though, she was a lot less helpless. I like the feeling you get as a reader that you’re discovering more about this shadowy underworld as Clary does, and I like that she doesn’t just immediately master being a Shadowhunter. I think for me, it’s just because it gives the whole thing a slightly more ‘real’ feel.
I have to admit, the whole thing with Simon and Clary… I’m glad it happened. It was one of those things that needed to be tackled sooner or later, and I’m glad it happened at this point rather than later in the series. I’m also glad it clarified feelings for the both of them, and that it (sort of) worked out alright in the end.
I have to admit though, I didn’t get sucked into this one in quite the same way as I did the first one. It might be because I’ve had a lot of coursework on for Uni and therefore not as much time to devote to reading as I normally would, but I’m not entirely sure.
There was enough action in this book, but I really wasn’t getting the tense, drawn in feeling I got the feeling I should have been getting. It’s difficult to describe, but basically something didn’t quite hit the spot for me.
Either way, this was an enjoyable read, and I’ll look forward to my TBR pile getting small enough for me to pick up the next one! (less)
I picked this book up when it was free on Kindle, because really, the premise sounded pretty good. Admittedly, I’ve read a lot of books about vampires...moreI picked this book up when it was free on Kindle, because really, the premise sounded pretty good. Admittedly, I’ve read a lot of books about vampires, and I have to admit, I always worry a little when picking up another one, because they can end up being much of a much-ness.
However, this one was kind of refreshing, because of Angeline Kace’s take on vampire lore – instead of having straight out vampires made by other vampires, there are two types. The Pijawikas, or born vampires, and the Zhao Duh, the made vampires.
Main character, Brooke, is one of the former. Well, half actually. But either way, she doesn’t know it yet. After spending her childhood moving around with her mother, she finally seems to be settled in a small town in Virginia, and is happy about that. She has her best friend Kaitlynn, and has finally been asked out by her crush/general school hottie, Jaren.
Of course, all that sounds good and simple, but weird things start happening. Right at the beginning of the book, actually, which is good, because it shows the reader just how quickly things are going to get exciting. It all starts with Brooke and Kaitlynn being attacked by a mountain lion. Yes, seriously. But it’s not just that, Brooke’s sure she saw a creepy guy near it, who seemed to be in control.
Fast forward a little, and Brooke gets attacked by said creepy guy, and that’s the point where she finds out about her heritage. Of course, she then finds out she needs training because her life is at risk, given half-human half-pijawika are forbidden, especially the variety who have very important parents.
I liked Brooke as a protagonist – she was sassy and so obviously a teenager. I admit, it was refreshing to read something where teenage characters acted like teenagers. Brooke doesn’t always make wise decisions, and neither do her friends. But that was the point – there was an obvious difference between the vampires who had lived much longer and the teenage characters, and that was done very well. It was also nice to read a vampire book where the girl is the vampire rather than the guy – I’ve read a lot of those books already.
I admit, I did roll my eyes a little at the development of the love triangle, though I had been warned by a bookish friend that there was one in this book. I think I’m going to have to fall on the side of team Mirko, but that’s only because Jaren acts like an ass for the majority of the book. I can’t wait to hear more about Mirko, and hope there is that in coming books.
I have to admit, I kind of wanted the main villain to be a bit more bad-ass than she was, especially given the build-up that was given to her. I don’t want to say any more and give things away, but that was one of my major issues. The ending felt a little rushed, but there was a pretty good cliff-hanger, so I want to know what happens next!
This is a good addition to the young-adult vampire section, and I’d recommend it to anyone that enjoys reading about vampires or paranormal romance, and isn’t too easily distracted by teenagers acting like teenagers. (less)
I should start this by saying that this is not a book for young teens – I’d recommend this only for a mature audience, as there are strong sexual them...moreI should start this by saying that this is not a book for young teens – I’d recommend this only for a mature audience, as there are strong sexual themes and some violence throughout the book.
Admittedly, this one pretty much followed the basic formula of paranormal romance – vampire + werewolf = romance! And yet, it’s all set in Eighteenth century Paris.
Now, given this is a Mills and Boone nocturne, you expect most of the book to be fairly explicit. I’ve read previous titles and more of Michele Hauf’s previous work, and yeah, it pretty much fitted with that convention. However, this one was much more romantic in nature than previous titles.
Viviane, a newly patron-less (think a sponsor… a male vampire who gives the female blood to survive) vampiress, is a bloodborn vampire rather than a turned vampire, and therefore lusted over by other males. Amongst said suitors is Constantine de Salignac, the head of the powerful vampire tribe, Nava, who wants to cement his position of power by producing blondborn offspring. He wants Viviane due to the rarity that is the female bloodborn vampire. Unfortunately, his half-brother and half-breed vampire/werewolf crossbreed, Rhys Hawkes, stands between him and his goal.
Rhys intends to extract vengeance from a longstanding grudge match with his brother, and the best way he can see of managing that is to steal the object of his brother’s affections. Unfortunately, that goes wrong, when Rhys finds himself falling for Viviane in a way he never expected.
Throughout the novel, the story is told between the perspectives of both Viviane and Rhys, and some of the story is set in Eighteenth century Paris, and some in the present day – all I’ll really say is think Vampires combined with Snow White and smut.
Overall, the story was fairly good, but there were a few things that bothered me. One was the to-ing and fro-ing between Rhys and Viviane, with deciding whether he could viably be her patron, and should she go for Constantine instead, and no, she shouldn’t, yes she should… and yeah, so it goes on. Secondly, the way that things were sorted out at the end.
However, overall, this book does deliver what it says on the tin, and this was a fairly enjoyable read, even if it isn’t particularly original, and does, to a degree, simply follow the ‘normal’ paranormal romance novel parameters. I enjoyed the book – it isn’t one for the younger audience – but it was a perfect holiday easy read, and yeah, there are hot and steamy bits if you’re into that sort of thing! (less)
At the beginning of the book, Jessica is struggling as the newest Vampire Princess. She can’t speak Romanian, doesn’t know her way around her own castle, and looks meek and helpless besides the powerful figure of her new husband. However, when he is accused of destroying (killing) another Vampire Elder, it’s Jessica who has to test her mettle and try to prove her husband’s innocence.
This is one of those books that could easily have been all post-marital bliss and schmexing (don’t expect that – these books do read as a fairly young YA, but that doesn’t detract from how enjoyable they are, honest!). But that’s not the case at all. In terms of storyline I actually enjoyed this one more, because it’s a departure from the typical Vampire courtship storyline there is a lot of in the genre at the moment.
The storyline of this really grew Jess as a character, changing her from Pennsylvania farm-girl vegan teenager through to Princess Antanasia Dragomir Vladescu (her birth name – she was adopted by the Packwood’s for those who don’t know the series). I have read that this was Beth Fantaskey’s intention with the book, and I very much feel it was accomplished. Lucius doesn’t change too much from the previous book – he’s still sexy vampire leader with clear ambition and a penchant for fair rule.
The addition of Mindy’s POV added a lot to her character, and she changes from being Jess’ somewhat annoying friend through to being a character in her own right, and I ended up really liking her. Likewise, Raniero as a character was brilliant, and it was good to see the clear sides of him, as Vampire Assassin and as chilled-out Surfer.
Basically, I couldn’t complain about the characters in this book, and the new characters really did make the story that much better for me. And the fact that the story was that much more complicated in this one made me think a lot more of Fantaskey’s writing style and skills. Massive thumbs up!
I really did enjoy this book, and I’d recommend it for anyone who read the first book and enjoyed it, or to anyone who likes vampire stories in general. Definitely not one to be read as a standalone though, I don’t think.
One of my only criticisms is that I kind of saw the ending coming miles off, and that’s why it doesn’t get the full 5/5! However, this was a fun and relaxing read, and I’d recommend it! (less)
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I admit, I waited for a long time before reading this, and the reason for that was...moreThis review was originally posted in full here on my blog Hey Tara.
I admit, I waited for a long time before reading this, and the reason for that was because I’d previously read The House of Night novels, and because both series are set in schools for young vampires, I was pretty worried they’d be similar. I know a lot of people liked the HoN novels, but I really, really didn’t.
Thankfully main protagonist, Rose, is nothing like Zoe. Well, very little. One of my favourite parts of the book was Rose herself – she’s a little bit nuts, and very protective, and reminded me very much of one of my good friends. But best of all, she’s well developed and consistent. Anyway, Rose is a Dhampir, or half-vampire, and therefore eligible to take a position as a guardian, who (you guessed it!) guards the Moroi, the ‘living’ vampires.
Moroi vampires are born as vampires, and whilst they do drink blood to survive, they don’t kill from those they drink from. Strigoi vampires turn that way mainly from draining their victims completely of blood, and are ‘dead’ vampires, unable to reproduce. However, they are stronger than their Moroi cousins, and therefore slowly wiping out the Moroi.
Basically the story is that Lissa, Rose’s Moroi best friend has had a lot of strange things happening to her, especially since returning to St Vladimir’s academy from a stint as an escapee. And Rose needs to protect her, as well as deal with high school politics and deal with their messy love lives. And catch up with everything she’s missed whilst ‘escaped’.
I liked the book a lot more than I’d hoped I might. As I’ve said, I liked Rose, and Lissa was a good character, and the supporting cast were interesting, varied, and most of all, distinguishable from each other. It’s all to easy to have very samey background characters in books, and that wasn’t the case in this. The story went along at a good pace, and there was quite a twist at the end, which I didn’t see coming. (less)
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So, I admit, I picked this book up for free from the Amazon kindle store as something to tide...moreThis review was originally posted at my blog, Hey, Tara
So, I admit, I picked this book up for free from the Amazon kindle store as something to tide me over a bit – and of course, I’m a sucker for a bargain!
Basically, the story is that a vampire (Creed) and a werewolf (Blu) are forced to wed as an attempt to solve the problems between the warring factions. However, both sides are plotting against the other – and the unlikely pair never really intended to fall in love for real. But it happens. And then of course, they need to stop the war for real.
I’m firstly going to say that this definitely one of the saucier things I’ve read in 2011, and I suppose that given it’s published by an imprint of Mills and Boon I shouldn’t be surprised.
I’m also going to say that in the reviews of this I’ve read, the general consensus is that the first half of the book is generally better than the second, and I’m going to agree with that. The focus in the first half of the book is on the developing relationship between Creed and Blu, following their marriage, which is the first scene of the book.
I liked that the book got straight into the story – there was no real lead up to the wedding or Blu and Creed meeting each other – you’re straight in there as soon as you start reading. That much gripped me straight away. Obviously, on first marrying each other, they’re apprehensive and worried about their new marriage, as well as pretty sure they’re going to dislike each other.
However, it doesn’t work out that way, and of course, eventually two attractive individuals are pretty likely to come together. I’m going to admit, the flirting and the love scenes in this were well done, though the frequency with which they were peppered throughout the book eventually started bothering me and interfering with the story.
However, the story progresses with the two falling in love, and then having to stop their opposing races’ plans to obliterate the others. And I’m pretty sure I can say without ruining everything that eventually love conquers all.
For me, the best part of the book was Blu and Creed getting to know each other and the copious amounts of flirting. The politics didn’t bother me so much, and things sometimes seemed to be put in just because it was convenient as a plot device. That all said, I enjoyed the book, and I think I would recommend it as a nice light read, but definitely one for more mature audiences. (less)
I have to admit, I downloaded this on Kindle, because I noticed it was down to £0.99, and I’ve read pretty good things about this book. I also have to...moreI have to admit, I downloaded this on Kindle, because I noticed it was down to £0.99, and I’ve read pretty good things about this book. I also have to admit that about ten or so pages in, I was terrified I was going to be the one person who didn’t like it.
I’m not sure what it was – I just wasn’t grabbed straight away. Something about Evie seemed… off, and I can’t really explain why. I just wasn’t immediately sold on the character, basically. However, because I’d read such good things, and the story synopsis sounded good, I persevered, and I’m glad I did, because I came to enjoy it a lot more than I did in those first ten pages.
As a character, Evie was okay. She was amusing, given her fascination with normality, and that much was endearing. Also, I can totally relate to her fascination with the colour pink, because that’s definitely something we both share.
The supporting cast were interesting, though I didn’t feel that Lish and Evie’s friendship was really portrayed as well as it could have been – it felt like as a reader, you were told about it, and you better believe it, even though Evie would rather spend time with a guy she’d only met recently, and better still, hadn’t been rated safe by those looking after Evie. Don’t ask me why, but that just bugged me. Moving onto the guy himself, I liked Lend as a character. But he seemed way too… comfortable living in confinement. For me he really didn’t come into his element until the latter part of the book. Also, Raquel as a character – she was pretty good, fairly good authority figure, but her sighing bothered me. Could be a part of the character, but somehow it felt overplayed. But those are only my feelings.
Overall though, the book was endearing and pretty enjoyable. It was the palate cleanser I needed after a particularly long run of epic fantasies I’ve been having, and I was glad of the light and fluffy quality.
I’m not sure I’d be in a rush to go and buy the next one, but it’s probably something I will do in the future. The story’s interesting, and there’s something reminiscent of the Xmen that really appeals to me. (less)
Looking at the cover of the book, I couldn’t help think Bella Swan. I know that it’s always going to be easy to compare EVERY LAST teenage vampire nov...moreLooking at the cover of the book, I couldn’t help think Bella Swan. I know that it’s always going to be easy to compare EVERY LAST teenage vampire novel to Twilight, and whilst I avoid doing it, it’s really difficult. Because of that association, I was thinking “teenage girl falls into an ill-fated love with hot vampire guy, bad stuff happens, good prevails, girl probably becomes a vampire”. Yeah, exactly, the same sort of story we’ve all read before. Whilst I can’t say it wasn’t at all like that (trust me, the similarities were there) it wasn’t exactly the book I was expecting to read, and that was in a good way.
Basically, the story centers around Jessica Packwood, a normal high school girl who is adopted. Everything is normal, until her senior year, where Lucius Vladescu, a foreign exchange student shows up. Unfortunately, he’s not the nice normal human boy you’d hope for – he’s a vampire prince. And he’s come to claim his fiancé – enter Jessica Packwood, aka Antanasia Dragomir, vampire princess who just hasn’t come of age yet.
I have to admit, at that point in the novel, I wasn’t too hopeful I’d enjoy it. But what made it enjoyable for me was the characters – unlike certain other vampire girlfriends, Jessica doesn’t immediately fall in love with Lucius, she’s (understandably) rather hesitant, and thinks he’s a nut job. I liked this aspect to her, and even when she did fall in love with him, it wasn’t hesitant – it felt organic. Lucius also didn’t immediately love her – he pursued the courtship out of a sense of duty to his family and the blood pact between them, and it was good to see the feelings gradually change, until there was genuine care and affection.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Very little of the story dragged for me, and it was a nice break from reading more ‘serious’ books. The supporting characters in this were almost as good as the main characters, and for me, this was the perfect book to sit down and ‘escape’ with. If you’re into your vampire romances, this is definitely worth a read, especially as it actually has palpable tension.
Apparently this book is going to become the start of a series, which is good, because I really need to hear more about Jessica and Lucius and what happens next! (less)
Firstly, I should probably say that this didn’t feel at all like a debut novel. The writing style was good, clear and consistent, and the typing and/o...moreFirstly, I should probably say that this didn’t feel at all like a debut novel. The writing style was good, clear and consistent, and the typing and/or spelling errors which often appear in debut’s were not present in this novel. The story moves along at a good, if sometimes a little fast, rate, and the characters are mostly regular and enjoyable. I was impressed.
The story centers around Alexa Montgomery and her younger sister, Nelly. The girls begin by having a fairly normal life, even if their Mother does require some seemingly strange things from them – such as regular runs to school and back and ‘practice’. Of course, the reasons for these things quickly become clear, when they are attacked by Lamia, which are, in this world, evil vampires.
Of course, it quickly becomes clear that Alexa and Nelly aren’t the normal high school girls they (or at least, Alexa) thought they were. Whilst this is a fairly familiar premise, this book still felt fresh and interesting, and the fact that the story is told from exclusively Alexa’s point of view made it enjoyable to me.
Alexa and Nelly make their way to Two Rivers, a community/academy where being weird is the norm – i.e., it’s basically a city for vampires and the ‘wolf-born’. From here, it becomes obvious that even in a world of the unusual, Alexa is especially unusual.
Of course, there are love interests along the way – one being Alexa’s only friend from home – Jackson, a wolf-born who joins them in their journey, as well as Tommy, a Brocken (fighting) vampire, and the mysterious Kayden, an older, Scottish, blonde-and-rugged Brocken vampire.
I have to admit, this part of the story was particularly well written, and whilst I ended up being team Kayden (I’m a sucker for the older man), I found myself drawn to Jackson too, in the same way that Alexa was.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, and I’ll be looking forward to the next one in the series . This is recommended to anyone who enjoys YA, or paranormal romance. It won’t disappoint! (less)
Having been a massive fan of the original Darren Shan saga, hearing the story of 'where it all started' with the story of Larte Crepsley really appeal...moreHaving been a massive fan of the original Darren Shan saga, hearing the story of 'where it all started' with the story of Larte Crepsley really appealed to me. Basically, this book outlines the basics of Larten's life before he became a vampire, and then some of the events afterward - including how he met Mr Tall, where the name of his alias, Vur Horsten, came from, and his first meetings with Mr Tiny.
Shan's writing style is much the same as it was in the original saga, and indeed in The Demonata series, of which I have read one book. I found it enjoyable, and found it to be fairly light reading for me - it lasted one day (in which I had a lot of spare time) and a train journey. However, this isn't a complaint - it's actually a compliment, given how quickly I read it!
This kindle edition of the book is well done, and had I had time, I would have picked up the paperback instead, but the edition was well done and well formatted, so top marks for that.
I'd highly reccomend this to anyone who enjoyed the Darren Shan saga.(less)
I didn't enjoy this book. There were too many attempted references to pop culture for me, and it somehow all seemed 'out of touch' with what being a t...moreI didn't enjoy this book. There were too many attempted references to pop culture for me, and it somehow all seemed 'out of touch' with what being a teenager is like.
I did read to the end of this book, so it couldn't have been all bad, but it definitely wasn't all good either. I didn't engage properly with the main protagonist - I found her fairly irritating in fact, and a complete Mary-Sue with it.
Of course, there was the typical girl-gets-ripped-out-of-old-life and there are Vampyres (yes, spelt like that) and the stereotypical hunk. Of course, the girl also happens to be the school's outcase/underdog/whatever and gets dragged up by doing something awesome.
Basically, this book seemed to come out in the aftermath of Twilight, and it shows.
This book was okay, but nothing special, and I think Twilight fans would probably enjoy it.(less)