**spoiler alert** Okay. My early prediction that this book was going to irritate me, didnt fell me. Yes, this book book did in fact irritate me. But i...more**spoiler alert** Okay. My early prediction that this book was going to irritate me, didnt fell me. Yes, this book book did in fact irritate me. But in the end, I cant say how much I ended up THOURLY enjoyed this book.
In Shiver, we are introduced to Sam and Grace and see the road that their budding love takes and the path that that leads them on and the friends that they make along the way as well as still keeping up the relationships that had prior to the book. Shiver is a sweet story of love and romance and what you are willing to sacrife and how hard you are willing to fight for that love. Linger takes this love story to a whole nother relm.
We are introduced to Cole, one of the new werewolves that Beck makes to watch out for the pack before he relalizes that Sam is going to be 'cured'. He is a sad faced, rock star (in his prior life) trying to out run the demons of his life. He first meets Isabel, who defends him in quit a unique fashion I would say, but just screams Isabel style. They instantly form a bond that is only strengthened throughout the book. For they are both damaged goods, trying to run away from their demons and unwilling to face the harsh relaties of life, at least not yet. I find the connection between Isabel and Cole very enduring and it is this very bond that makes me care for them as characters. Because let me tell you I didnt really care for Isabel as a character during Shiver. However, in Linger, Isabel definitely takes a step in the right direction and she most definitely impoves as a person in genereal. While she would never EVER emit it, she has grown a soft spot for both Sam and Grace and you can finally see it.
Sam I think steps up more as a main character. In Shiver Grace was the dominating force during most of the book, but you did get glimpses into how the story was developing through Sams eyes. However, in Linger Grace takes a step back as the main character and Sam steps forward. Cole even seems to have a bigger role in Linger then Grace does.
In Shiver the only points of view you got were Grace and Sam's. However, in Linger you get Grace, Sam, Cole and Isabel. Maggie Stiefvater has the tendency to switch perspectives a lot, however, and sometimes its int he middle of a chapter. So definitely one of the main down falls of this book is that sometimes you can get confused on to who's perspective you are reading from at the time. However, I refuse to let this fact ruin this book for me.
You can visually see all four characters physically and emotionally maturing during Linger and it is a very enduring thing.
You feel Grace's sickness very strongly and the overwhelming helplessness that her friends (Sam and Isabel) feel because they know there is nothing they can do to help her, while she dies right in front of them. That's when Cole does the greatest thing ever and he truly steps up to the bat to let you know he will definitely be a dominant character in 'Forever' when it comes out. He helps Isabel and Sam find a cure to save Grace from death's very grip. The cure, let the wolf in her finally come out.
So yes my friends and fellow Goodread members. At the end of Linger, Grace does become a werewolf and Sam and Isabel are left without her. To suffer their loss of her in very different fashion's. However, for some reason Cole seems almost unaffected by the werewolf curse and im more then sure that he will be a big part of them finding a cure to bring Grace back to them in 'Forever'.
This series has become very dear to me and has worked its way into my top favorite series. So to the people out there who were hesitant on reading this series, I would definitely say that its worth you reading. Ive already suggested it to my other friends and have let them borrow my copies.
P.S. Maggie Stiefvater has mastered the art of 'the cliffhanger'(less)
I was excited to read this book. I had loved the last 3 in the series and fully expected to love this one as well.
However, it simply was not to be. F...moreI was excited to read this book. I had loved the last 3 in the series and fully expected to love this one as well.
However, it simply was not to be. From about the first 3 chapters in I realized I just couldnt get back into this world like I had in the last 3 books. I still love Clary and Jace. I think that are wonderful characters and they are an amazing couple who obviously love each other very much. But the simple fact that yet again their love life is in extreme danger yet again, just irritates me to the extreme. I understand that for the most part Clary and Jace are the main characters and thusly they are the ones that are attacked the most, but after 3 books I was simply hoping that they would finally be able to be happy together again.
I liked the introduction of Jordan, I think he was a great character to add to the stories and the make up of him and Maia was really sweet as well and I hope that that relationship goes good as well.
I think Isabelle and Simon are good together and will eventually make each other happy as well.
However, besides Clary and Jace, I have to say Magnus and Alec are the cutest couple together EVER. They are just so adorable together.
The way Cassandra Clare went back into this world just seemed so dark. I did not feel comfortable completely emerging myself into the world she has created. There were parts where I started to like the book, around the middle when Jordan was revealed however every other part, I found myself forcing to read the book so I could move onto the other series that I really wanted to get to.
I am interested in seeing how Camille and Will will eventually fit into this story. However when the fifth book is released next year, I dont see myself running out to get it and read it right away. It will just be a book that I will have to eventually get to.
Not to mention I absolutely hated the ending of this book. Sebastian should have been left well enough anone and dead. (less)
**spoiler alert** This book was a quit enjoyable read. It had a unique concept that kept me late into the night reading and stayed on my mind for a wh...more**spoiler alert** This book was a quit enjoyable read. It had a unique concept that kept me late into the night reading and stayed on my mind for a while even when I wasn't reading.
I really like Tris as a main character. You could really see her grow throughout the book. Her friends however, really annoyed me. Christina and Will even Al weren't her best supporters for a lot of this book and when she started being better then them and not the weak little girl she started off as, they started to be jealous of her instead of proud of her growth. It was obvious from the get go that Four was completely into her, how her friends didn't see that I don't know, maybe it was because they were only interested in themselves for a big part of this book.
The moments between Four and Tish were adorable and I loved them together as a couple. Will and Christina were nice as well. Uriah was by far the best friend to Tish in the whole book.
What I really didn't like was that it was apparently obvious who the villains of the book were and who the good people of the book were. Some of the things I saw coming, but the spontaneous moments of adrenaline and fun were some of my favorite parts of the book.
The controlled humans as soldiers I didn't see coming. The ending of the book was a complete shock. It went from an okay book, things are developing nicely, to WTH! is going on? Everyone become controlled soldiers. And it was nothing but chaos from then on out. The fact that practically everyone in Tish's family got killed to protect her was shocking. And that at the end Tish and her small group were running away from their homes and the factions and were going to end up being hunted down. The book ended on a very unsteady note, because I have NO clue what is going to happen in the next book.
Where I enjoyed the book overall and it stayed in my mind when I wasn't reading, I don't know if I would have necessarily voted for it as my favorite read of the year. But I would definitely recommend it to people as a good book and a potentially good series depending on what happens in the next instalment, 'Insurgent'.
**spoiler alert** 'The Ghost and the Goth' by Stacey Kade was a HUGE surprise for me. I must admit that I was not expecting much from this book and ac...more**spoiler alert** 'The Ghost and the Goth' by Stacey Kade was a HUGE surprise for me. I must admit that I was not expecting much from this book and actually didn't think that I was going to enjoy it at all. Goes to show you how much I know. Because I absolutely adored this book, from beginning to end.
Besides trying to hide the cover from my cousin (who is deadly scared of ghosts) there wasn't a moment that I wanted to put this book down. Except when I was forced to work =(. Alona and Will both had such strong, clear voices and were both such leading characters. I can't think of a single time that I was annoyed with either one of them. They were both flawed in their own ways but together they were better then by themselves. That is when they were able to get along or even willing to listen to one another. They both came from such different backgrounds that at first it was definitely hard to see how they would ever be able to figure out how to work nicely together. But it was a great journey seeing them finally being able to look behind the image and into who the person really was.
I typically don't like the stereotypical 'cheerleader' character, but Alona was far from that. She was actually a rather intelligent and quick-witted character to read about. I found her to be so much more then one would expect. She was what she was (while she was alive) because she was afraid to let anyone see how really flawed and not perfect her personal life really was. And that is just a human trait that I couldn't not love her.
And Will was just the opposite of Alona. Not that he wasn't flawed, because by all means he was as well. But it was for completely different reasons. He didn't know how to comes to terms with his dad's death and what he did, leaving his mother and him alone. And he couldn't figure out how to accept his gift without hurting people (or so he thought). But with Alona's help he was able to figure out that it was a gift, not a curse. And with Will's help Alona was able to figure out that sometimes allowing people to see that your not perfect isn't a bad thing, because nobody is.
This was a quick read and I finished it within a day. But I am so absolutely in love with this series. I have been so lucky recently with getting to read such good books. I have already went out and bought 'Queen of the Dead' book 2 in this beautiful and sweet series. Can't wait to be able to read it and the cover is just as beautiful as 'The Ghost and the Goth' book cover. =D
Supernaturally the second book in Kiersten White's Paranormalcy was an okay book. However, I didn't like it nearly as much as I did Paranormalcy.
Supernaturally starts almost exactly where Paranormacly left off. We join Evie now fully enrolled in High School and about to die from Girl's Gym, that or the Coach who seems to hate her guts for some reason. Lend has gone off to college so he is only able to come and see Evie on the weekends (even though he manages to appear throughout the book even on week days). Evie has moved in with Arianna because living with Lend's dad without him being home all the time would be too weird. Evie is no longer a member of IPCA and she has the normal life that she desperately wanted throughout the entirety of Paranormalcy.
So what could be the problem? I mean, Evie got everything she wanted and she even saved a TON of paranormals when she took down Vivian in the last book. She even got the guy.
The problem is.... now that she has a normal life (like she wanted), it just.... to normal for her. [insert eye roll here]
Your freaking kidding me right? I spent all of book one reading about how much you wanted a normal life, but now that you have it you want something else. This is the classic lesson of, "things aren't always greener on the other side."
Don't ask for something, unless your willing to commit to it. So needless to say, she is some how sucked back into working for IPCA. I mean other ways, how else would Ms. White have been able to make a sequel out of this series? People don't want to read about normal people.
We are introduced to Jack who becomes an important part of book two, and serves as Evie's companion for most of the book. Most of the book that she happens to also be lying to her boyfriend, Lend. Not letting him know that she has joined back with IPCA, that's she is with Jack, that she has "taken" from some paranormals.... on and on. Come on... really? You fought to be out of this life style and to be with Lend throughout all of book one. And finally achieved it at the end. Now in book two you just fall back right into that lifestyle and start lying to the guy who you love so very much? Such bs to me.
Most of the book is predictable. If you pay close attention you can easily figure out who is behind most of the incidents going on and why they are doing it. You can figure out that none of this ends well... that should be self-explanatory.
So all together, this book was just okay for me. A lot of it seemed forced. There were some things that I enjoyed and liked. But they were few and far between. Not really enough good to make up for everything that annoyed be about this book.
I will still read Endlessly the final book in this series, but I wont be anxiously awaiting it like I was for this book.(less)
In a lot of reviews that I have read, they have all shared one common thread. That Kiss of Midnight and in fact the whole Breed Ser...more**spoiler alert**
In a lot of reviews that I have read, they have all shared one common thread. That Kiss of Midnight and in fact the whole Breed Series is a rip off of The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. Having never read the BDB Series (I have the first book on reserve at my Library), I went into this book without any prejudices. And I really enjoyed it.
This was truly a steamy book to read. There were plenty of love scenes which I have been craving for in books lately.
Gabrielle is a fun heroine to read about. She didn't leave me begging for me like a lot of other heroines have. She was brave, strong and wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted; Lucan. She also wasn't afraid to take what she wanted; Lucan's body. LOL. The chemistry between Gabrielle and Lucan was off the charts and could be felt practically from the moment that they meet.
Lucan was also an enjoyable character to read about. He had a lot of issue's plaguing him, which made him an extremely complicated character to get to know. But Gabrielle didn't let this fact come between them. There are countless times that Lucan tries to push Gabrielle away, saying that it is for her own protection (and sometimes it is), but Gabrielle wasn't an insistent little vixen and she was able to eventually break him down.
Besides loving the characters (I can't wait to get to read the other steamy guys stories), I loved the story behind the characters. Lara Adrian has a good mythology behind her characters. She obviously understands where they are all coming from. It is the first time I have read about Vampires originating from Aliens (and outer space), but it was a really thought out and logical way to go with the mythology of Vampires. I enjoyed the idea of the breedmates as well. Even if it did kind of limit the choices that the Breed Warriors would have with their eventual mates. It is easy to see how these men (all vampires are men, no women born into them) can hide within our society without us finding out about them, unless we are one of the Breedmates (the few selected human woman who can marry and mate with the Breed men).
Overall, this was an enjoyable story. While there was danger and bad guys involved, I didn't feel like it was over the top and impossible like I do in a lot of books lately. While the bad guys were an obvious threat, I felt that Adrian still effectively blended them (and their need to be there) into the story line that she is weaving. I look forward to getting my hands on Kiss of Crimson to see where she takes us now. I also look forward to getting to know more about the Breed Warrior named Dante and to see how steamy his book is.
This is a series I know that I will be looking forward to continuing.(less)
I wanted to read this book since the day I first saw it at my local Barnes & Noble. However, I had quite a few other series that I was currently i...moreI wanted to read this book since the day I first saw it at my local Barnes & Noble. However, I had quite a few other series that I was currently in the process of reading, so I held off on getting it. I finally gave in and bought it at random one night and started reading it later that same day. To say that I was engrossed in it from page one would be an understatement. I absolutely ADORED this book. The characters are some of the most developed characters that I have run across in a YA fantasy novel in quit awhile. Not only are the main character's greatly developed, the supporting characters are as well, and I found myself loving every single character in this book, even the ones that frustrated me. I find myself IMPATIENT for 'Awake at Dawn' to come out in October so that this story can be continued and I can go back to Shadow Falls Camp and see how these characters continue to interact and grow.
I must say at the beginning I was Team Derek but by the end of the book im totally Team Lucas. I can clearly see that Derek is a sweet guy and obviously really likes Kylie, however for the life of me I can only see them as REALLY good friends. In the end I cant see them as anything more then that. I just think in the end that while Lucas may not be the safest or easiest choice for Kylie that that is who truly pushes her buttons and brings out TRUE and DEEP emotion within her.
And besides the great character development, something else that I found amazing about this book is that while I have read a LOT of YA fantasy (vampire, werewolf, etc.) books. Their plots start to merge together and be similar to where they get predictable and boring. However, I found this plot (while not COMPLETELY original) a breathe of fresh air. It took a well know idea and twisted it around and made it different and new and enjoyable all over again. It made me want to put away my 'break' from reading and to start reading non-stop again.
I LOVE all these characters. I found myself connecting with Kylie and while at first I found her quit annoying, it ended up loving her by the end of the book. I adored Della and Miranda from the beginning. And their spats that they constantly found themselves in, where absolutely hilarious. I don't think that C.c. Hunter could have created a better friendship between these three characters. Derek was a nice characters and was cute right from the beginning. I sort of didn't like him when it looked like he had put aside his feelings for Kylie so easily but later on he grew on me again. Lucas was a harder character to really like at first, but by the end I couldn't wait to find out more about him. Helen was a sweet character to learn about and I hope that her role in 'Awake at Dawn' grows and she is put more up front with all the others and steps out of the limelight. Holiday I found to be the best 'adult' figure in a book that I've read in quit awhile. Her and Kylie's closeness is really endearing and quit believable.
Overall I absolutely adored this book and dont regret that night I decided to randomly get it. It was definitely the right choice. This is a series that I can definitely see myself at rating as 5-stars all around. I see it as being one of my all time favorites. Let's keep our fingers crossed for 'Awake at Dawn'. October couldn't get here any sooner.(less)
**spoiler alert** I had such high expectations for this book. I had read glowing reviews for it and I absolutely LOVE Greek mythology. Especially the...more**spoiler alert** I had such high expectations for this book. I had read glowing reviews for it and I absolutely LOVE Greek mythology. Especially the mythology of Persephone....
It.... just wasn't meant to be though....
*Sigh* Don't get me wrong, this book, in an overall point of view, was an okay easy read. But that's all it really was for me. Okay... There was nothing that blew me away about this book. But.... It was just, SO predictable. I must say this was the most predictable book I have ever read. I could see exactly what was going on in this book (and exactly how it would end) from like chapter 3.
I could tell what person was what god/goddess. What their goal was for Kate. What the "tests" were that she was trying to pass. Who her mother really was. Who the killer was. What it was James wanted.
It didn't help the book any, that the tests Kate had to pass, made ABSOLUTELY no sense. Especially not to Greek Mythology. And the #1 one test that she almost failed on (or that the god's/goddess's) freaked out the most on.... Lust... LUST!!! Really!!! Lust happens in practically every story in Greek Mythology. Have you ever tried to count how many children Zeus has (outside of his marriage, even worse). And you are going to try and say she fails because she lusted after Henry. Oh good gracious. I don't want to reveal what it was that she was being tested on, because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who still needs or wants to read this book, but the test's in the end, made absolutely no sense (at least not in correlation to Greek Mythology).
In the end, this book was simply, Okay. There was nothing that got me overly excited about it. The characters were okay, the plot line was okay, the tests.... were okay. Just okay....
Let me first start off by saying that, this book was nothing like I was expecting. In a good way though. I genuinely liked this book. It was a very ea...moreLet me first start off by saying that, this book was nothing like I was expecting. In a good way though. I genuinely liked this book. It was a very easy read and a very easy world to engulf myself in. It was a different take on Vampires which was a nice thing as well.
I dont know if I necessarily like the romance between Schuyler and Jake, it seemed extremely artifical really and didnt really form a base for anymore romance to continue on with them, but I look forward to see what happens with them. I like the character of Oliver, he is a sweetheart and officially adores Schuyler very much.
I cant wait to start reading Masquerade now and see where Melissa de la Cruz takes this series.(less)