I don’t have much to say about the cover art to “The Host”, other than I expected more. I mean after all, how much money did she bank from the “TwiligI don’t have much to say about the cover art to “The Host”, other than I expected more. I mean after all, how much money did she bank from the “Twilight” success? Don’t ask me what I expected, I have no clue, it’s just I have seen more captivating book covers from self-published authors. My rant has nothing to do with Meyer’s success it all because I have become one of those people who judge a book by its cover. Gurr! Don’t you just to hate on that type?
I will be the first to admit it, had my reading group, Books 4 Review not been reading “The Host” as the August 2012 mid-month read I would never have read it. Why? Simple, it 2was billed as an adult novel. I just didn’t think with Meyer’s religious background and the extreme moral values I didn’t think she could pull off a novel for adults. What do you know; I was right its more young-adult than it is adult. Let me e clear, I wasn’t expecting erotic, just a mature read. About the story line, an alien parasite travel from planet to planet taking over its inhabitants. Where have I read or better yet seen that before? Must be Nicole Kidman The Invasion because the whole time I was reading I couldn’t get the movie out of the front of my mind nor Invasion of the Body Snatchers as well as The Visiting. Which is not all together a bad thing because I see similarities in almost every book I read, it just show me who influenced the author on their journey to publication. On That note in the back of my mind, I could put to rest the similarities between the characters of “The Twilight Saga” and “The host”.
I was a little off put at how long the book took to become interesting. I was struggling so much that I pulled a Macy and turned on the text-to-speech option on my Kindle. Harp as I must I was disappointed that a novel billed as Adult showed no differences in age maturity. Final Thoughts… It’s not altogether bad but it’s not great either.
My final Recommendation… If you are a true Stephanie Meyer’s fan, you will love this book. If not I would pass it up all together. ...more
The book does take a while to get into, mostly because the major flaws are all in the beginning of the novel. The biggest thing that peeved me was thaThe book does take a while to get into, mostly because the major flaws are all in the beginning of the novel. The biggest thing that peeved me was that Jessica's love of "rational thinking" was used as a plot device to make her not believe that Lucius was a vampire until the moment Fantaskey needed her to. This could have been done in a much more natural way, because something just doesn't ring true about her parents not telling her about her vampyric past simply because she has a rational mind. It would have been better, perhaps, if they didn't tell her because, in today's society, no one believes in vampires, but instead, the "Jessica has a rational mind" idea is given to the reader over and over to try to write off her disbelief.
I also have reservations about the way female vampires develop their fangs in Fantaskey's world. A female has to be bitten by a male vampire before the fangs will materialize. The "meaning" of fang development is a little vague; it seems like the girl is not through with vampire "puberty" until the teeth have come in, but linking that to a bite from the male and vampire bites are depicted as very sexual makes it seem more like a loss of virginity. This means that the female cannot become Vampire until she offer ups herself to the male and gives her purity to the male.
What I found the most amusing of the story was the letters that Lucius writes to his uncle, showing how he views the world of the Americans from his rather patrician, strict and structured upbringing. Another theme that we deal with in this story is that of love and redemption. Our favorite arrogant vampire has feelings of worthlessness and feels that he is unforgivable. Yet we see glimpses of kindness and love, even when he refuses to acknowledge their existence. It is a powerful, emotionally charged story that takes the reader on Lucius's emotional roller coaster ride with him, and has us sitting in the sidelines, cheering him on and hoping he finds the forgiveness he desperately craves.
All in all, this is not a bad book but it is not wonderful either. It is a bit silly and often too predictable. I finished it in 2 days, as I found myself not wanting to put it down. Fantaskey writes with a breezy, effervescent style that lends itself to the story, keeping the various story lines -- challenges with parents, students, normal friends, the would-be normal boyfriend, and the vampire prince -- spinning. There's more at stake in the betrothal, because it was calculated to cement an alliance between two powerful feuding vampire clans.
I was highly disappointed by the end of this book. After all that happens, all the leading up to the climax, all the chasing, the drama, the surprises, the book ends in a whisper. ...more
Genre : YA Paranormal Romance/ Celestial/ Vampires/ Werewolves/ fea Star Status : 5 Stars
A quick coherent thought It might be possible that I can’tGenre : YA Paranormal Romance/ Celestial/ Vampires/ Werewolves/ fea Star Status : 5 Stars
A quick coherent thought It might be possible that I can’t recall what storyline goes with each book. However, I am so loving this series… hope it’s’ not the med yammering away. The book is loaded everything you could possible want to dream about while in a medicine infused haze. Very well written with multi-layered characters, action packed, love interest that drive you mad, and witty lines that make you laugh aloud one minute and have you reaching for the Kleenex the next. Oh, and by the way… I think I hate the asshat mean guy.
Macy's Book Boyfriend : Jace! Mine All Mine! Most Like Macy or who she wants to be : Isabelle was a very strong lead in this while Clary was a bit childish.
Macy’s Favorite Random Quotes :
“Is this the part where you say if I hurt her, you'll kill me?" "No" Simon said, "If you hurt Clary she's quite capable of killing you herself. Possibly with a variety of weapons.”
“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.”
“I am a man" he told her, "and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown.”
“There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”
Want More ? Already have it loaded on the text-to-speech listening to it with my daughter! YEAH!!! Recommend : Yes! Grades 6 and up...more
The forest of hands and teeth: Book 1 "Forest of hands and teeth Series"
Star stats: Jaded Adult: 4 Stars Forever Young: 5 Stars Over All: 4 1/2 SThe forest of hands and teeth: Book 1 "Forest of hands and teeth Series"
Star stats: Jaded Adult: 4 Stars Forever Young: 5 Stars Over All: 4 1/2 Stars
I must say, I wasn't all that impressed with the cover art and wasn't expecting much from the book either. Boy was I wrong. CR had a way of pulling me into the story that had standing stunned like a knot on a log.
CR truly spent time developing her characters. You had a love hate relationship with each and every one. From the first chapter you are immediately drawn in. The ending was disappointing to me. Such a massive loss of wonderfully invested characters. I can't wait to start book two.
I however made the mistake of reading the Maze Runner series before diving into this series and couldn't help to draw parallel conclusions. It read to me like fan fiction and the characters could have been the descendants of the Maze Runner and so much time had passed all was lost. You have to read both series to draw the conclusion for yourself. I didn't even make the connection it was my daughter. And I can't help to agree with her.
The book was well written and very hard to put down. It is the third book in the series and is as just as funny as the first two. Dakota Cassidy is a The book was well written and very hard to put down. It is the third book in the series and is as just as funny as the first two. Dakota Cassidy is a very funny writer and it shows in all her stories. The only draw back was in the second book Greg’s maker was destroyed. Yet Nina and Nina remained Vampire’s. So my only conclusion is that the book falls back to the Buffy Vampire Slayer days where you have to destroy the original (I’m pretty sure that’s what DK wrote as well). Still a great read one I am sure I will read again in time....more
The first few chapters are what drew me in. The middle is what drove me nuts but in the end as it turns out was a necessary evil to keep the reader (mThe first few chapters are what drew me in. The middle is what drove me nuts but in the end as it turns out was a necessary evil to keep the reader (me) in check and add to the series. The ending was excellent. I await the second...hope it will come......more
Dark Fever: Book 1 "Fever Series" Star stats: Jaded Adult: 4 Stars Forever Young: 5 Stars
First off, I loved the cover art to Dark Fever! Karen MariDark Fever: Book 1 "Fever Series" Star stats: Jaded Adult: 4 Stars Forever Young: 5 Stars
First off, I loved the cover art to Dark Fever! Karen Marie Moning nailed it. Even before reading I was intrigued. A lone female standing in the center of a cobblestone circle surrounded by a mysterious fog mist. From 6:30 to 7:30 both am and pm, I was glued to pages trying to take as much in as possible.
Sometimes you have to get the ending out first because that is what keeps you inclined to reading. How I love Moning old school appeal to writing when she left us with the classic cliff hanger. Many authors today give the readers of today more and more, epic type stories, because that is what we demand. So very few are willing to take the old school stand and the epic tale build. I for one salute Moning for the classic cliff hanger and can't wait to dive into book 2 Blood Fever of this series.
Mac’s life is great. She has the good friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so just like mine. In other words, she could be me or any other woman. When Mac's sister is murdered, leaving a message on her cell. Mac ventures to Ireland to light a fire under the Dublin britches to find her sister murder or she will not stop until she does.
Along the journey Moning trusted Mac in a realm where she can't tell good from evil?? Sounds just like everyday life, right? Not exactly. Mac learns that she has a gift that allows her to see things that others can't.
In my opinion you have two types of young adult books. You have the ones that are written by middle age people who have become jaded by life to remember what it was really like to be seventeen or twenty-two. Then you have ones written by people who for one reason or another can recall that being twenty is just as confusing as being eighteen. Moning falls in the later, able to grab hold of that teenage awkwardness that doesn't seem to pass until your mid-twenties and land it smack dab on her characters.
Being in my mid-thirties, I find Morning characters a little on the immature side. But as my daughter pointed out, I must be much too old to remember what it's like to be young.
In a way she is correct, not that I am too old, but I have been jaded by my life experiences and just expect more maturity out of people and the characters I read. All that aside I did enjoy the book. And can't wait to jump into book two to see what happens between Mac and Barron. ...more
I actually received all four of Marilee Brothers’ books in her Unbidden Magic Series. So I didn’t get to peek a glimpse of the cover until after I finI actually received all four of Marilee Brothers’ books in her Unbidden Magic Series. So I didn’t get to peek a glimpse of the cover until after I finished the first. The model used for Allie was not what I pictured in my head. However, I enjoyed the touch of the moonstone necklace the model wore.
For Brothers first attempt she did pretty good job. The story starts a little strange but as you progress through the chapters it becomes more exciting and suspenseful. Where there any flaws?? Yes, but that is just something I have come to be expected of self published books. Allie progresses through several stages in this installment from discovery, rejection and ultimately acceptance of her new found powers. Brothers tries but in the end fails at setting the rules for the many magical talents Allie now holds.
Moonstone introduces the readers to Allie. It a really great read about fifteen year old, as she discovers she can move things with her mind. However, when she first makes the discovery she's not all thrilled and would like this new power to go away. She's given a beautiful necklace buy an eccentric almost neighbor/mentor to have know all along who she is. It seems to somehow amplify her powers; unfortunately, there are others who also want it. All the sudden Allie’s world is turned upside down and filled with an ancient prophesy. Then she trusted in to an age old battle of good versus evil only she’s not sure who she can trust.
The characters are for the most part are pretty well developed. They are the type you can love ‘em or hate ‘em. Allie is a typical girl who just wants a normal life but with a mother like Faye that’s never going to happen. Her mother Faye is the type you just want to shake some common sense into and tell to grow up. Junior is the local bad boy who was once a member of a gang and is trying hard to right his many wrongs and stay out of trouble.
The interactions between Allie and Junior are irresistible. The connection these two have leap off the page. Allie wants a boyfriend but doesn’t know if she can trust Junior. Though the two never get together by the end the spark of a potential budding relationship is so evident I can’t wait to see what the future books hold for these two.
My recommendation is if you’re looking for a young adult paranormal read that has some suspense, mystery, and light romance you are in luck. Sit back and enjoy!!
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The usual warring angels vs demons and which side are you really on, little girl? Madison Avery is dead. After running away from her prom date with aThe usual warring angels vs demons and which side are you really on, little girl? Madison Avery is dead. After running away from her prom date with a strange guy she's never met before, they get in a car accident. This does not kill her. The guy's (a Dark Reaper) sword stabbing her does. She doesn't know why he came to kill her, but she knows that by stealing his amulet she is able to keep her soul in her body and continue living life normally, or as normal as possible when you're a dead teenager. Now she is constantly under the watchful eyes of Barnabas, a Light Reaper, and Grace, her new Guardian Angel. While trying to learn to read auras and thoughts, Madison is trying to keep up the facade of a normal life at home with her dad, and her relationship with Josh (her prom date). ...more
Ward did it! She made my heart beat in tune with the Brotherhood again! This seventh installment of the Brotherhood does not disappoint . She has allWard did it! She made my heart beat in tune with the Brotherhood again! This seventh installment of the Brotherhood does not disappoint . She has all the right ingreadents compassion, humor, action, and total heartbreak. I absolutly love Rehv’s story. It was a bit overwhelming in some ways with a lot of sorrow and misery. I fully felt Rehv’s sacrefice, Zhex’s regreat and JM longing. It's was a beautiflul bittersweet read that took me pulsating into the next book with Klenexes in hand. ...more