**spoiler alert** First off, to say that I lusted after this book cover for a long time would be an understatement. I absolutely LOVE this book cover,...more**spoiler alert** First off, to say that I lusted after this book cover for a long time would be an understatement. I absolutely LOVE this book cover, there is just something so magical about it that has me enraptured with it. & it also very much so brings to mind the thought of Faeries which is a good thing since it is in fact about Faeries.
So after not being able to find this book at my local B&N (they only had the 3rd book in the series which didn't help me) I finally went online to find it. After waiting a week and finally getting it in the mail, little squeal of joy thrown in, it was promptly put on my bookshelf along with my other TBR books. It took me about 2 weeks to get to it (after moving it ahead of some books that had been there longer) to get to it, but I was over joyed when it finally came time for me to read this book. But at this point I was hesitant to read it. Why, you may ask? From all intense and purpose's it sounds like you were looking forward to it. & yes, I was. However, I had just finished reading 'Unearthly' by Cynthia Hand & I absolutely ADORED that book, I was hesitant to start any book after that. But let me tell you my friends, 'Glimmerglass' was a great book to read after 'Unearthly' because it didn't let me down.
Dana has always known that she was part faerie and that her dad was somewhere back in Avalon. The only place in the world that the realms of the mortal world intersect with the realm of Faery. And after a thoroughly embarrassing episode with her alcoholic mother, Dana decides to run away, find her father and live happily ever after. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? WRONG! Because there is nothing in Dana's life that is going to be normal again, not now that they know she exists.
What hit me first about the danger that Dana found herself in, was the fact that it was SO easy for her father to except her. It was like 2 chapters in and she was already running away to him, with a broach he had sent to her. No questions asked. But up to this point, he didn't know anything about her. Didn't even know she even existed. I guess you won't know unless you give it a try and there would be no way to find out if Dana was his daughter unless he sent for her and had DNA done right. But as soon as she gets to London, expecting a ride to come pick her up and take her to her father (because Faeries cannot enter into the human realm and vice versa) that never shows up. Well, maybe I've read one to many books where people not showing up isn't a good sign for the main characters. But good, old strong Dana, she doesn't let that deter her, nope she just hops into a cab and finds her own way there.
And once she does arrive in Avalon (having to go through customs of course) she is assaulted by a very rude woman, who we later find out is her Aunt. Wow, nice way to introduce yourself to your long lost niece. Then getting locked up by her Aunt, then broken out by 2 teenage faeries (Ethan & Kimber) who may or may not have their own agenda, finding out she is a Faeriewalker (a very rare and important, but dangerous thing) and finally seeing her father around Chapter 14. The book flows very smoothly up to this point. Not to much action, but good detail and character/world building. But it wasn't until the introduction of Keane (Dana's bodyguard's son) that I truly fell in love with a character. Oh, the dark disturbed Faerie with a heart of gold hidden underneath the rough exterior. & this has got to be my greatest complaint for the book. There wasn't enough Keane in it for me. Dana falls for the unreachable god-like Ethan, rather quickly and easily, never thinking herself good enough for him (even though it has already been explained in the book that because she is half faerie she is quite beautiful herself) because she is not pretty enough for him. It just had me wanting to pull my hair out at parts. Why do all the heroine's of the book fall for the guy that doesn't appreciate them for themselves?
Besides the love triangle there was really only a few things that bothered me with this book; them being. (1) Dana ran away from her mom because she could no longer deal with her alcoholism, but as soon as her mom comes to Avalon to try and find her (the up-until-then strong Dana) is grovelling at her feet wanting her mommy to take her away and keep her safe once again. (insert major eye roll here). & (2) the ending of the book and the attempted escape from Avalon with her mom. I mean come on, she is trying to be killed and/or used by Faeries for their own purposes but she is going to run away from a completely safe place by her father's side, to the mortal realm (where even though the faeries can't go, they can send humans after her) with her alcoholic mother and try to be safe that way because life is just to strange in Avalon. She never had friends in the human realm, never had any one that could see her for her, but within the very short period that she has been in Avalon she has already created 3 (count them), 3 strong friendships. & she is just going to simply throw that away like it is nothing? After whining for so long that she didn't have any of those things in the human realm? *sigh* (face-palm).
However, those issues aside, I did like 'Glimmerglass' and I have already ordered 'Shadowspell' (the second book in the series). I look forward to seeing where Ms. Black takes this series (along with the VERY beautiful book covers). & fingers-crossed, there will be more Keane in 'Shadowspell'.
Oh.... my broken heart.... Andrea Cremer what the heck did I ever do to you for you to end this series this way. Bloodrose had the...more**spoiler alert**
Oh.... my broken heart.... Andrea Cremer what the heck did I ever do to you for you to end this series this way. Bloodrose had the most disappointing and yet heart breaking ending to a series that I have ever read.
Now let me say, going into this book I was already a little sad. I am always sad when reading the last book in a series that I have genuinely enjoyed. Yet, I pushed all these feelings aside that way I could enjoy my last trip with Calla, Shay and the gang... and for most of the book I was really enjoying myself. But when it got to the ending.... I was like this....
I mean, look how sad and heartbroken you have made Buttershy Ms. Cremer. I was about ready to throw the book at the wall.
How do you take us throw 3 books with these characters and then give them nothing but a CRAPPY ending? Because that was truly what it was in my opinion. The 2 sweetest (most gentle) characters get killed off. The b****est of characters (while doing a good thing at the end of the book) gets one of the best endings. And then... the epilogue of the book, isn't even told from the POV of Calla like the rest of the series was. It was told from the POV of the character from the series that I cared the least about.
And while I will freely admit that I was rooting for Shay the entire series, I still can't believe what happened to Ren. While I could see from a mile away what was going to happen to him, I am still SOOOO disappointed in how it happened. It seemed is pointless and cold-hearted the way it went about happening. It just ticked me off... and I am plenty sure that all the Ren fans out there weren't pleased with it either.
Another thing that annoyed me (and as you can see there were a lot by the end of this book), was how separated a lot of the characters ended up being. Ms. Cremer put a lot of time and effort into forming these strong bonds of friendship and caring between the Searchers and the Guardians and then at the end, they were just ripped apart like they meant nothing. And for me, who puts my friends above almost everything, this just didn't set well with me at all.
*Sigh* But I'm tired of ranting and raving. I just think that this series could have ended SOOOO much better. There are so many different things that could have happened to make this ending SOOOO much better.
You know what I'm going to do. I'm going to make up my own ending to the story. Where everybody lived happily ever after and they all got to remain friends. Sounds so much better to me.(less)
**spoiler alert** *Sigh...* I went into this book wanting to love it so bad. But sadly, in a lot of ways, it fell short for me. Now don't get me wrong...more**spoiler alert** *Sigh...* I went into this book wanting to love it so bad. But sadly, in a lot of ways, it fell short for me. Now don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but once again, it took till the very end for me to even start enjoying what I was reading and not be frustrated with it. And if I find myself frustrated with most of a book, I find myself a very sad camper indeed.
First off. Haden saved Theia from Under in the first book. And how does she repay his undying loyalty to her even when he couldn't even remember her for a part of 'Falling Under'. She breaks up with him in 'Dreaming Awake', because it's just to much for her. Eck... (insert eye roll here). I cannot express in enough words how much I HATE when 2 characters break up in a series. Because in the end you know that they are going to get back together (especially in this series were there's not even a love triangle). It just seems sooo pointless to me, it was all a way to give the book more length and try to fool you into thinking that more happens in this book then what really goes down. Because trust me when I say, not much of interest happens.
And the thing that entranced me most about 'Falling Under' (the world of Under and all the crazy stuff that goes on there) you have to get through like 200 pages of 'boring' before you even get another dose of it.
I will admit that there were some parts that got me and had me questioning about what was going on (especially the parts with Mike) but almost everything else you could see coming. Like the fact that Mara comes after Theia and Haden. I mean come on, she's the demon queen of Under and Haden's mother, do you honestly think she would just let you go without any repercussions, especially when she warned you in 'Falling Under' that should you disobey her orders she would make you regret it. Common sense people.
The last 100 pages of the book, however, were actually pretty good though. It was like a completely different switch of events. Things became exciting again, I shed a few tears (because something VERY sad and unexpected happens) and Theia and Haden are working together again to combat the evil that is Mara, and even Theia's friends get to join in on the action. The ending of the book, just like in 'Falling Under' was enthralling and mesmerizing. Now I ask myself, why couldn't this have taken place throughout the entire book instead of just the ending?
I am sad to report that for the majority of it, 'Dreaming Awake' has caught a bad case of second-bookitis. For those of you able to stick it out, the ending will be worth it, as long as you can deal with another colossal cliff hanger.
**spoiler alert** 'Forgive my Fins' by Tera Lynn Childs was an utter DE-LIGHT to read. To say that I was utterly blown away by this book would be putt...more**spoiler alert** 'Forgive my Fins' by Tera Lynn Childs was an utter DE-LIGHT to read. To say that I was utterly blown away by this book would be putting it lightly. I had been expecting a nice sweet, light story that would satisfy me and in a large part I got that. I, however, was not expecting to bond so quickly and so firmly with the two main characters: Princess Waterlily and Quince Fletcher.
The story starts off rather normally. A girl with a crush, who she just can't get enough of and can't see past the picture perfect image that she has build for herself of that guy. Then there's her friend that is there to encourage her along no matter what and then there is the guy who for the life of him can't see what she sees in Brody Benson. The guy being Quince, who just loves to push every single one of Lily's buttons to try and get a reaction out of her. And for us of the viewing (reading) audience, can so obviously see that he is doing everything he can to get her to stop looking at her crush (a.k.a. Brody) and see him and how much he loves her. It is all rather sweet.
However, when a rather 'reluctant' plan goes wrong we are quickly plunged into an 'ocean' full of problems.
We get to meet Lily's father (King of Thalassinia), her annoying cousin and her best 'fishy' friend all under the sea. While she is quickly trying to take care of what she considers to be her problem so that she can get back to mooning over Brody.
However, when one thing after another keeps going wrong and her heart starts to slowly change "plans" on her without her even realizing it, we get to see a whole knew side of Lily. As she comes to realize that love is not just black and white and that sometimes, just sometimes you fall in love with the last person you ever expected to.
I greatly look forward to reading the next book in this wonderful new 'mermaid' series.
Die for Me by Amy Plum was an enjoyable read. I wasn't really captured by the book from the very beginning though. Actually, the beginning of this book really annoyed me. While, I still have both of my parents and I can't possibly understand the kind of pain that both Kate and Georgia were going through, Kate's constant downer attitude really got to me. It was a downer for the main character to be in this depressed state of mind from the very beginning of the book. However, it slowly started to get better as Kate started to re-enter the world of the "living".
Soon after this happens is when the book starts to really pick up for me and Vincent is introduced. And the element of mystery as well. It's like, what the heck is going on here?
It was refreshing to read the steps that Kate took to figure out what was really going on with Vincent, instead of him just spilling the beans to her, like what happens in a lot of paranormal books. And to see the struggle Kate went through to come to terms with what Vincent was and if she could really love somebody like him. The love between them was sweet and genuine and you could see how it build up to be strong. And the times that they weren't together and were struggling with their own personal demons you really got to understand who they were as characters and not just who they were together.
The direction that Ms. Plum takes on the story of revenants is new and refreshing. It was unlike any else that I have read previously and I really enjoyed the aspect of people being "blessed" once they have sacrificed their lives for someone else. Or of them being "cursed" once they have betrayed other's to death.
The dynamic between all the characters in this book were really thought and and greatly executed. Each character really had their own distinct voice and attitudes and were different from one another. And they all worked really well with one another. However, there were parts of the book that were way to predictable for me to figure out. Like who Georgia's "friends" really were and what their plans were. It was easy to figure out the trap that was being set up and how they had figured out who Kate was to Vincent. The only thing that wasn't so obvious was how Kate was going to end up prevailing over the revenant trying to kill Vincent. So when it was finally revealed it was really interesting to read.
Ms. Plum wrapped this first book up really nicely and left just enough not explained to make me really want to read the next book in the series. There is a part of me that feels like Kate's parents really aren't "dead" (of course that could just be my over active imagination). And that there is something special about Kate that has yet to be revealed. Die for Me was a great start to a new series and I really look forward to reading Until I Die the next book in this series.(less)
**spoiler alert** This is probably the hardest book review I have done to date.
In the beginning I will willingly admit that I was not a fan. Not at al...more**spoiler alert** This is probably the hardest book review I have done to date.
In the beginning I will willingly admit that I was not a fan. Not at all. This book is written in such a different fashion then anything I have ever seen before. It was dark, it was gritty, it was confusing... but overall, it was absolutely BREATHTAKING!
Pierce Olivera is simply trying to find her place in life after experiencing an NDE (near death experience) and travelling to the Underworld and meeting... Him. John. Who is he? What is it that he wants with her? How does he always appear out of no where when she needs his help the most? These are all questions that Pierce is battling with. Especially now that her and her mother have moved back to her mother's home town and he... is once again... there.
This book only expands approximately the course of 2 or 3 days of Pierce's present life, however, with the multiple flashbacks (that come out of no where), it appears to expand months of her life. The way 'Abandon' is written is initially very confusing. The one thing that kept going through my mind was, "what the heck is going on here?", however, once you are able to keep up with the consciousness of Pierce, you won't be able to put this book down. At least I wasn't able to. That and the fact that this book was always on my mind.
The development between Pierce and John is subtle, but quite visually there. I loved every moment of their time together and when they were finally able to break down both of their barriers and simply be themselves around one another, I felt like clapping. Silly, but true. The character development (for Pierce and John) is there. The friendships (while not extremely important in this book) is there, for what it is worth. There was no part of this book that I saw coming or found way to clique or boring.
The twist at the end of the book. OME! I sooo... did not see it coming. The ending of the book, I will admit, I am not a huge fan of, but it makes sense. Especially sense this is a retelling of the mythology of Persephone. Would I recommend this book. Absolutely. But my only warning. Be prepared to read a book that may take a while to get into.