If you want to read an incredibly sweet story with a good developed romance, this is the book for you.
“But to matter where in my realms my thoughts might dwell,” he said, “they return to you.”
Kimri is a princess with a great spirit. She is not arrogant and lazy, but she is fierce and she knows how to fight. Dereth used her to get more weapons and men in the never-ending war with Kensgate. The mysterious King Tathan from the mountains asked for her hand in return for swords and army, so now she is shipped off to Helsmont. On her way they encounter some enemies who try to steal Kimri, but instead, she captures prince Herrol.
In Helsmont, she is pleasantly surprised. Instead of finding a brutal and scary man, she meets an attractive, kind man. He wants to court her for a year and after that, they both decided whether they want to marry or not. After a while, Kimri gets used to the people and she starts to love the place. Everybody is nice to her and she can do whatever she wants. Her meetings with the King are short, but they start to fall in love with each other.
Until Kimri gets the message that Kensgate captured her brother and Tathan doesn’t want to pay the price. Kimri decides to safe her brother, but when things doesn’t go according to plan, Kimri is starting to wonder if she can return to the man she loves.
The only thing I found disappointing was the fact that there are hardly any dragons in this book. Yes, there are rumours that there are sleeping dragons in the realm. The mountains are supposed to be guarded by a dragon, but you have to wait ‘till the end before they make an appearance. When they made there entrance in the story, they surprised me. I never saw the plot coming, so that was well-done. The writing-style is also very pleasant. It reads extremely fast. I would say, just read this one between some other books. It’s cute for one read, but nothing too special....more
While this is definitely not the best book I’ve ever read, the low rating on Goodreads surprised me! The first two reviews are 1-star ratings.
This book is a quick paced story that is set in Australia. Ophelia – also called Phi – is an Olympic messenger. Her mother passed away a few years ago and her father is supposed to be Hermes. She has quite a family. Not everybody has Hades and Zeus as uncles. Her life is turned upside down when she meets demigod Aden, son of Aphrodite and Adonis. She turns him down and as a revenge, he sends her all of the world to deliver nonsense messages. Some even get her almost killed, because we get to meet a huge variety of mythological creatures.
There is also Simeon, a mysterious creature with a bad reputation in the world of Gods, but he is protecting Phi. He keeps warning her, but the search for her real father and her flirtations with Aden are keeping her far to busy. Unfortunately for her, someone is after her and an orb she never heard of. When she learns new information about her mother, her life is starting to get really complicated. To make things worse, she is kidnapped by her real grandfather and she gets another task in this world. This happens over a large timespan and she suffers a lot. Despite that, Phi kept fighting. She doesn’t take shit from anyone and I found her very strong. I only wished that she took some things more seriously. She felt a bit immature sometimes, but she is already in her mid twenties.
The other characters are fun. I really liked Hermes, but Aden wasn’t too bad either. We also have the arrogant and bitchy Gods, especially Aphrodite. I thought that Hades rocked.
I must admit that the storyline gets a bit overwhelming sometimes. There is a LOT going on. The search for her real father, the new identity of her mother, complots from several Gods, kidnapping and abuse, flirting with Aden and her inner struggle: do I surrender to my feelings or do I keep listening to my brains? This all made sure that the story is never boring, but it was also a bit chaotic. The plot is okay and the ending was happy and wrapped everything up like I expected.
Keep in mind that this story isn’t YA. The writing-style felt like it, but there are some situations with quite some violence and sexual related content (nothing to heavy, but still.) ...more
After my first meeting with Diener's work, I couldn't wait to dive into this book. I wasn't disappointed. From the first page I was hooked to Susanna'After my first meeting with Diener's work, I couldn't wait to dive into this book. I wasn't disappointed. From the first page I was hooked to Susanna's story and there is more than enough action to keep it fast-paced and interesting 'till the end.
Summary. Susanna is attacked by Jens, an old friend of her family. This activates a chain of events she never suspected. Jens was working for Wolsey and now the Mirror of Napels - one of the King's favorite piece of jewelery - is gone. The keeper of the jewelery suspects it's Wolsey's work, but there are more people on the hunt.
An assassin is on the move and he wants to silence everybody; Jens is his first victim and he's after Susanna now. It's up to Parker and Susanna to get the Mirror back, but it won't be easy. When Susanna must make a dangerous choice to safe Parker, it seems like they are too deep in the conspiracy to return. Can they keep the love of their King and are they clever enough to survive?
Opinion. Fans of the first book, like me, will love this continuing story about Susanna and Parker. I like Susanna's spirit. She won't shy away from some action and she will do anything to keep Parker safe. It's nice to see a heroin who can act smart and she has a nice temper. Parker is protective over Susanna, but it's great that he also needs her. He is intelligent and strong. The King has chosen a great man in him. He is trustworthy. The side characters in this book are well-done. Wolsey plays a big role and he was exactly as I imagined him. Always trying to keep the King's love in order to gain more power; to achieve his ambition to become a Pope some day.
This book can be read as a stand-alone, but I highly suggest you read them in order. It's easy to follow, but you would miss the development of their relationship. There are also certain people they hate and that's because of some events in the first book. ...more
I must say that this book blew me away! I loved the sound from this book and the story totally delivered to my expectations.
Heather Jane Bell is fifteen years and suffers from Alopecia. This means that her hair will fall out, because her immune system attacks the hair follicles. She has been friends with Simon for 10 years now. He is a popular, typical pretty boy and she is bullied because nobody understands her friendship; she is too ‘normal’ for him. An awkward kiss ends their friendship and Simon ignores her. Heather is devastated and when she loses clumps of hair on school, she doesn’t want to attend school anymore.
Her parents send her to a great-aunt called Elspeth in West Yorkshire. When Heather takes a walk, she is surrounded by a mist and swept away back in time. She ends up with Emily Jane Brontë and her family; father, Charlotte, Anne, Branwell (his real name is actually Patrick), Tabby (the maid) and aunt Branwell. Heather doesn’t know it yet and she suspects that she just lost her way during the walk. She can live with them until father Brontë finds her aunt.
Times passes and Heather finds her way in the family. She is now aware that the mist transported her back in time, but she is far too busy to think about her real home all the time; she and Branwell are growing to like each other. He is a very troubled boy, but he makes her feel beautiful. Will she ever return to her home? And does she want that?
I liked Heather’s voice. I could understand her feelings; I would be broken if I lose my long hair. I was happy that she wasn’t whiny about it and she starts to realize that she can be beautiful despite her sickness. It wasn’t hard to connect with her. Aviva used another storyline to spice up the story and I liked that. It made sure that I was hooked to the pages and I was never bored. It was hard to put it down and her writing-style was pleasant. The fact that every chapter starts with a piece of Emily’s writing was great! Very nice addition to the Brontë feeling. The world-building is good. I could imagine all the places Heather visits and the secondary characters are well-done.
So, I would definitely recommend this book if you like time-travel!...more
Little story about an eleven-year-old Cinder and her stepfather Garan. He brought her with him from Europe. Peony immediately likes Cinder and they become friends. Adri is horrible from the beginning, talking about Cinder as a 'thing' and most of the time the word 'useless' is brought up. When Cinder fixes the machine, she expects Garan to be happy: instead of that reaction, they take him away. He got Letumosis. It was so sad :(...more
The rating is totally based on the fact that I had the idea that I’m just a bit too old for this book. That’s it. The story is great, the characters are lovely and there is nothing wrong with the writing style. If I was a couple of years younger, I would have loved it.
The story starts in Tir Na Nog and we get to meet a little girl and her brother at Ogham’s, a special tree. She ran away from a party, but there is someone else: Fear Darrig and he tells her something frightening. The reign of King Finvarra will come to a very bad end at the hand of the marked child.
We skip a lot of time and we get to meet this girl, Aine, again. Now she is sixteen years old and she lives with her blind brother Spenser and her grandmother Glori. She has a companion called Mondegreen. It appears to be a hard woman, although she is good for the children. She took them in after their mother left them – only Aine doesn’t believe her. She wants to search for her mother once she is old enough. For now, she just like to play in the woods with her brother. He is blind, but that doesn’t withhold him from swimming in the pool. When they hear someone scream, Spenser dives into the water and saves a drowning boy called Tru. They are friends right away.
Strange things are going to happen. There comes a message that says that ‘Biblos has arrived’ and Mondegreen introduces them to a boy named Gilgamesh. He owns a Toadhouse. Now, everything happens really fast. They must leave with Gilgamesh to get three keys, so they can return to their original book. Their mother is there waiting for them. Biblosh is a monster and he also wants to get those keys, but they must stop him. He destroys every story he enters. Their world is actually a book and with the Toadhouse, they can travel to other stories.
“When what you find is true, the next object will be revealed to you. There are three, and they will bring you to your true family.” The first clue.
From that moment, we get to enter different stories with these characters. Gilgamesh is their protector and Tru must return soon, otherwise his story will end; and that’s not a good thing. Biblos is after them, so they must hurry up. Where is the first object and can they find all the keys before Biblos catches them?
Opinion. Aine doesn’t have any friends and she is teased at school about everything; from the scars on her hands to her ‘to green’ eyes. I don’t understand! She is funny, smart and sweet. She is very protective and I love the relationship between her and her brother. Spenser is awesome. He is easy to be around with and brave.
I really liked the idea of this book. Living inside a tale and being able to travel to your favorite stories. The background story – why Biblos is after them and why there mother is in another book – is perfectly performed. It’s just like I said: I felt like I was a bit too old....more
Just a very, very short 'story'; actually, it's more a retelling from a scene through the eyes of Four. I quite like it. First, I didn't understand whJust a very, very short 'story'; actually, it's more a retelling from a scene through the eyes of Four. I quite like it. First, I didn't understand why she choose that specific scene, but it make sense now. ...more
This was again a book from Diener I really enjoyed. I think I can put her on the list of favorite authors now, because her stories always deliver.
Summary. Charlotte grew up with Lady Howe after her employer left her in the chimney. She always disguised herself as a boy, but Lady Howe gave her a life as a woman. Otherwise, she would still live a hard life on the streets with her friend Luke. He is now a London Crime Lord and he always protects her. Not that Charlotte needs it. This girl is feisty, brave and intelligent enough to safe herself.
When Charlotte attends a ball, she overhears Emma conversation with another woman. She warns Emma about a dark plan and the woman flees with her three boys. Emma tries to get help from her brother Edward. He is a powerful man of the crown, but his behaviour pushes Emma away. Charlotte and Lady Howe are kind enough to let Emma and her boys stay with them as long as she likes.
Edward finds Charlotte and her story interesting. He is trying to gain more information about her and that’s when Luke enters the story. He sees Edward as the enemy and he wants to eliminate him, but Charlotte can interfere with this plan. It seems that Luke is part of a huge conspiracy. Huge amounts of money are leaving the country, but who is behind this? Edward is trying to find out what is going on and he needs Charlotte. Together, they are trying to save England before it is too late.
Opinion. Charlotte is a wonderful girl. She grew up as the (bastard) daughter of a prostitute, but she managed to escape the same fate. Lady Howe saved her life by taking her in, but Luke protected her on the streets. Two separate lives combined in one and Luke is giving her a hard time. He loves in a way she can’t return and that is keeping her away from finding a husband. Luckily, Edward isn’t planning to stay away from her. He is intrigued by Charlotte and they start to fall in love. Their conversations are fun and I loved to see how they grew to each other.
The only problem I had with this story is that it’s sometimes a bit slow. The conspiracy felt more like a background story. I had the idea that this book is more about Charlotte and her struggle with Luke and Edward. It’s very entertaining, don’t get me wrong, but I wished that the mystery played a bigger role. The plot was great though and the writing-style is pleasant. I can’t wait to read another book from Diener. ...more
This story shows us the life of Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth of York. She is the sister of Prince Arthur of Wales, Henry VIII and Mary. The story starts when she is a little girl of 10 years. She is an intelligent, perky girl and she knows that she is destined to become queen. Her father chooses King James IV (also Jamie) from Scotland. They show a lot of affection for each other and he is a kind husband.
When Margaret’s father dies, Henry VIII becomes King and he marries Catherine of Aragon, wife from the last king, Arthur. We all know how his story continues, but he plays a big role in Margaret’s life. Their countries are becoming enemies and Jamie dies in a battle in England. She is broken after his death, but her love for their son James V (heir) and Alexander keeps her alive. She is 23 now. Her life only becomes more complicated. She remarries two times. Both marriages start happy, but they don’t end that well. Her first husband is even a treat to her son James V. It is a hard battle to get him on his rightful throne, but she succeeds and when he marries to a good French woman, she can finally rest from the hard life at Court.
I loved Margaret’s voice in the beginning. She is a funny girl and she knows exactly what she wants. Woman were used as strategic pieces, but she is ready for it and her first marriage isn’t that bad. Jamie was a good person despite his strange flaws. After her marriage to Angus, the story starts to drag a little bit and it’s sometimes hard to follow how much times passes. We used to get an indication about her age, but that is lost in the battle for her children. There is also a change in her voice. She is egoistic and a bit childish. I can understand that her son James V loses his temper around her. Despite that, I really liked this book. It was interesting to read more about her. I knew that they changed the storyline in the television show The Tudors, so it was nice to see a more realistic approach. Fascinating story of a woman with a lot of tragic losses and wrong choices in life.
“Things would be different had Eva not led Adam into sin,” he explained, bowing his head to conceal his flushing face. ”So Adam did not have a mind of his own?” I cried. “If he was witless enough of yield to Eve’s temptation then it is his stupidity that warrants the curse!” ”Madam, you tread on blasphemy!” ”Oh, you don’t want to hear it,” I lamented. “You are on his side.”
-Quote from e-ARC. Conversation between the Archbishop and 10-year-old Margaret about her periods....more
This book gave me the feeling of reading Harry Potter mixed with Neil Gaiman’s work. And let me say you this, that feeling is fantastic! It felt like I was back in one of my favorite series ever.
Summary. Once upon a time there was a city called Bath. That was until strange things started to happen. The faeries slipped into the world and the Smiling wars began until humans converged on the fay and scattered them. The ages of Smoke started in New Bath and the fay adapted to their new lives, waiting for a new change to change the world.
“Don’t get yourself noticed and you won’t get yourself hanged.”
That is the rule ever Peculiar must follow if he/she wants to stay alive. They are changelings or Halflings. They don’t belong to the faeries nor to the humans, so they must survive under poor conditions. Bartholomew is one of them, together with his sister Hettie. When a lady in plum appears in their neighbourhood, thinks are about to change. She takes one of his friends with her and he will be one of the many dead Peculiars. Nobody gives the strange murder any attention – they are scum after all – until Mr. Jelliby decides to investigate the matter. He suspects that one of the most important man has something to do with it.
When Hettie disappears, Bartholomew and Mr. Jelliby’s lives become entwined. Bartie will do anything to save his little sister from a horrible fate and Mr. Jelliby is the only one who can stop the destruction of their world.
Opinion. I’m very glad with the ending of this story, because there will be another book! The story isn’t over yet and I think we are up to a lot of action. It’s unbelievable that this author is so young, because his writing style is amazing, almost poetic.
Mr. Jelliby grew on me. He felt a bit arrogant in the beginning, but he is the only one who seem to care about the Peculiars. He puts himself in a lot of danger to safe the world and Hettie. He makes smart choices and the enemy isn’t happy with him. Bartie is a sweetheart. He will do anything to save his little sister. He even wants to sacrifice his own life. He is very young, but it never bothered me. The enemy is well done. It’s a cruel and unkind person. The world will be plunged into darkness to gain more power and Peculiars are used for his own sake. I liked that one of his helpers reminded me of Voldemort in the first book from Harry Potter. I absolutely can’t wait for part 2. There is something comforting about his style, like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket. His words read so easy, you hardly have the feeling you are reading at all. It’s like everything is playing in your head like a movie, do you know that feeling?
If you like Harry Potter and Neil Gaiman, this is something for you. There is darkness, action and some spooky magic, but there is also hope, love and friendship....more
Summary. Emma recently lost her boyfriend and true love, Daniel. She is overwhelmed by sadness and sheBroken "Promises are like hearts, easily broken.”
Summary. Emma recently lost her boyfriend and true love, Daniel. She is overwhelmed by sadness and she spends her days wandering on the graveyard – their special place. When she meets newcomer Alex, there is something familiar about him. He knows things about her he actually could not know and they have a certain chemistry. Their friendship develops into a dangerous relationship, because his father doesn’t want Alex together with Emma. And he will do anything to keep them separated.
Opinion.I felt sorry for Emma. I can’t imagine how it must feel like to lose your boyfriend. Everybo dy expects her to move on and she finally starts to feel better when Alex comes into her life. He gives her the same feelings as Daniel. I like Emma’s personality. She stands up for herself, even when the girls at school are giving her a hard time.
“Pathetic?” I stalk up to them. “You wanna know what’s really pathetic? Your lives are so damn empty you have to fill them up with what’s happening in mine.”
Alex is lost and broken; in need of love. He died, but his father managed to revive him and that has huge consequences. Especially when he finds out how his father “created” him. This father figure is a terrible person! He is the perfect villain and he scared me. The relationship between Emma and Alex went fast, but somehow it also made sense. I had troubles with the slow pace. The beginning is mostly about Emma’s grief and I understand that it’s hard for her, but it dragged. I wished that the action started earlier in the story, because that part was good and creepy....more
Short. This story is all about Zira, who finds out that she is the thirteenth princess. She is the one who can save her sisters when the princesses all fall ill. Together with Breckin, Babette en Milek, Zira must try to find a way to break the curse before it is too late.
Long. Zira is raised in the kitchen by Cook, until she finds out that she is no servant girl. In fact, she is the thirteenth princess and that's a nice suprise for her.
Aurelia is the first born child. After that, the King made sure that there was no magic in his Kingdom. The nurse said it could be dangerous for Aurelia. Soon after that, the other sisters arrived: the twin Alanna and Ariadne. Althea, Adena, Asenka. Another twin Amina and Ailima. Akila, Allegra, Asmita and Anisa. The King was done with daughters, he wanted a son. But when his wife dies giving birth to another daughter, he is devastated. He doesn't want the child, so he calls her Zira and she must be raised by the kitchen staff.
That is a horrible thing to do. Even in the end, I never felt any sympathy towards the King. He is harsh for his daughters and he blames Zira for something that isn't her fault. What I did like was the fact that Zira and the princesses are so nice to each other. Zira can sleep in their room every sunday. There is a secret passage between the kitchen and their sleeping room. And sometimes a princess leaves a hidden note for Zira, telling her that they miss her.
Zira feels wonderful and she even makes a new friend. Breckin, a boy who works in the stables. What a sweetheart! He sounds so cute and I liked how their feelings are developing. It's not that the author speaks about never ending love and passion - keep in mind that they are twelve - but it's real. It's the kind of feeling everybody had when you were around that age. Together they find out that there is still a witch in their Kingdom. Her name is Babette and it's a nice old woman. She always bakes cookies and other tasty stuff. Jummy! She comes in handy when the trouble is coming:
Something is terribly wrong. Her sisters are becoming very sick. They are tired all the time; they can't get out of bed anymore. Zira discovers that they are cursed: they must dance every night by going down in the dumbwaiter (the same spot Zira uses every sunday) under the lake. They must dance non-stop and that's why they are so tired. Zira must find a way to break the curse before it is too late. But how? And who is behind the curse?
Oh, how I loved this twist on the original story! It really sticks to the story, but I love the addition of another sister. Zira is such a fun character! She is very nice, but stubborn at the same time. She knows what she wants and she is brave. I like the fact that, even when she finds out that she is a princess, she stays the same. ...more
I am re-reading this book and the second one, because I got the third book this week in my mailbox. I still loved it, maybe more than the first time!I am re-reading this book and the second one, because I got the third book this week in my mailbox. I still loved it, maybe more than the first time! There is so much tension and action in this book, but we also get to meet romance and troubles surrounding it.
Short version: I just LOVE this book. If you haven't read it, go and do it! What are you waiting for? This book has everything you possibly can ask for. Mary is a wonderful character and the story never gets boring. There are so many things going on without overwhelming you. The ending is perfect: everything seems to fall together, but you still want to read the next one. Finding out how this story will continue.
Mary lives with her mother and brother Jed in a village surrounded by The forest of hands and teeth. Her father dissapeared and everybody knows his fate: he is an Unconsecrated now, a zombie. Her mother keeps believeing that he is alive and her days are filled with staring at the forest. Hoping to find a glimpse of her husband.
Mary has a best friend, Cassie and the two brothers Harry and Travis. She is in love with Travis, but Harry has his eyes on her and one day, he asks her hand for Harvest Celebration. That's the time when new couples are going to marry each other. That's when they hear the alarm; that can only mean one thing. Someone is bitten or there is a breach in the walls.
That's the day Mary and her brother Jed lose their mother. Mary decides that her mother can choose her own fate and she wants to be an Unconsecrated. Doomed to bang against the fence, craving for fresh meat and new victims. Her brother is so mad at Mary, that he throws her out of the house and she must become a Sister.
The Sisterhood are the leaders of the village, followed by The Guardians. It's not something Mary wants to become. It means that she must give up asking questions and she is filled with them. Are the stories her mother told her true? She longs to see the ocean and the cities with buildings high in the sky. Is there a world outside? Yes, there is, because there is someone from the outside. A girl called Gabrielle is brought into the City, but Mary can't save the girl from her fate. The Sisterhood throws her out of the gate, after experimenting with her, and she becomes one of them. She is 'the fast one'. The one everybody is fearing the most.
"One of those days when you can't understand why there is such a beauty in a world that is nothing but ugly."
The fast one is the one who destroys the fence. Unconsecrated are in the city and it's too late. Mary, Harry, Cassie, Jed, Jacob, a dog called Argos, Travis and Beth can escape by going into the forest. They come across paths with nummers on it, but Mary doesn't understand what they mean. When they follow a path, they come across a village. It seems safe, but soon, there are Unconsecrated everywhere. Mary and Travis flee in a huge house and they manage to secure it. The rest flees on the platforms in the trees.
"I can't be your second-choice dream."
When their house is breached, they escape, but Travis gets bitten by an Unconsecrated. He isn't so fast with his criple leg. Travis helps them to escape the village and Mary is so sad. They must kill Travis and that's when my heart just broke. There was something sweet between them, even when you know that Mary will follow her heart to pursue her dream: seeing the ocean. And I really liked Travis, he was a nice character. The way he loved Mary, talked to hear and touched her.
Mary finds out about the numbers and when they arrive at Gate I, she knows that she must leave The forest of hands and teeth to an unknown place. A place where only Unconsecrated rule the world, according to the Sisterhood. Jed decides to stick with his sister and together, they must fight against a enormous group of Unconsecrated. They fall into the water and when Mary wakes up, she is on a beach - almost decapatated by a man. It's his job to kill the 'Mudos'. Sometimes, they wash up on shore, but they aren't bothered by the Unconsecrated. He takes Mary with him, while Jed is gone.
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. It was my first zombie book ever and it made me fall in love with this genre. Mary is a wonderful character. She isn't afraid to believe in her dreams and to follow them. And yes, she is selfish, but aren't we all sometimes? Don't we all want the one we love in our life? These flaws makes her real, a person. You have Travis, a real sweetheart with a lot of courage. His dead really did something with me. I almost cried with Mary when she stabbed him (imagine that..) I'm glad that Mary finally saw the ocean she longs for....more
Robert’s fingers dug in. “I will bleed this temper out of you one cut at time if I have to. Do you understand?”
Before Cole met Lexi, he was William Dale. Robert isn't his real father and it's a monster. William is capable of using the wind, but according to Robert it is something dangerous and it must bleed out of his body. His arms are filled with scars from the cuts he has to make. His mother doesn't agree with this method, but she accepts it silently. It made me wonder why she cares so much about Robert, but the two of them seemed to love each other very much. That's also something William doesn't understand.
When his mother dies, Robert blames him for her death. That's when William's rage finally comes out and it destroys the complete village. It turns everything to ash and that's when he comes to Near.
It's a short story, only 61 pages, but I wished there was more! It was a wonderful story about a troubled boy, especially when he destroys the city. I really like Victoria's writing style, so for me, it was a shame that the story ended so soon. I definitely can't wait to read more books from this gifted author....more
Liza notices something strange about her brother, Patrick. His eyes are different and she immediately knows why: his soul is gone. The Spindlers stoleLiza notices something strange about her brother, Patrick. His eyes are different and she immediately knows why: his soul is gone. The Spindlers stole his soul during the night and now it’s up to her to get it back. Her parents don’t believe her – of course they don’t, because they know nothing about the magical world around them – and they are far too busy with other things. Liza finds the place where The Spindlers left their house and she decides to search for Patrick right away. That’s when she stumbles on Mirabella, the rat.
”They had dropped down from the ceiling on their glistening webs of shadowed darkness and dropped their silken threads in his ear, and extracted his soul slowly, like a fisherman coaxing a trout from the water on a taut nylon fishing line. In its place they deposited their eggs;” Quote from the ARC.
Be prepared for a lot of adventure and strange creatures. The world ‘Below’ is totally different than the world ‘Above.’ Nothing is what it seems and everything is unfair. That’s what Liza soon finds out. After a trip through several dangerous places, Liza finally arrives at the nest of The Spindlers. She can have her brothers soul back if she can survive the three rooms filled with tricks and puzzles. Is Liza clever enough to find her way to her brother?
Likes. -Every chapter starts with a lovely drawing and some titles are really fun, like “The lumer-lumpen.” -Liza is a clever and brave girl. She stands up for what she believes, because her parents always tell her “to stop making up all those stories.” If it wasn’t for Liza, Patrick’s body would burst one day to reveal thousands of new Spindlers. -I like the different creatures we get to meet. My favorite are The Nocturni. They are the dream-bringers. They sip dreams from The River of Knowledge and they deliver them to their own human. -I also like the surroundings Liza encounters on her way to the Spindler’s nest. There is a lot of danger in the ‘Below’ and there is not a moment of rest. Liza always has to run or fight for her life, together with guide Mirabella. The three difficult rooms reminded me a bit of Harry Potter and they are wonderfully done.
Dislikes. -Sometimes, the lines are really, really long. Just look at the quote. I don’t think those lines are easy for children and I certainly don’t see myself reading this out loud. You will trip over the words. I personally like it when the lines are a bit shorter. ...more
First, thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing the ARC as an e-book to me. I really tried to love this one. The synopsis sounds great and I've read some positive reviews about this book. Unfortunately, there were to many things I didn't like.
The story tells about our heroin, Seraphina (nice name by the way). She is sixeen years old and lives in a world with humans and dragons. The dragons have the ability to transform their bodies into human forms, so they can walk amongst them. There was a war between humans and dragons them, but for forty years there has been peace, because they signed a treaty. They want to sign the treaty again, but a member of the royal family has been murdered and everything makes it appears to be the work of a dragon. Like: his head is missing and that’s significant for draconian fashion. Seraphina comes in the middle of the investigation and she must assist Prince Lucian Kiggs to discover the murderer. There is only one problem: she is half human, half dragon. Her mother was a dragon and she must hide that part of herself before she and her father are killed. Humans are still not very fond of dragons and the times are very dangerous now.
Let me tell you about the things I liked. Seraphina was a great character. She has a passion for music, she is intelligent and I loved her sense of humor. Her love story was very believable for me. It really developed and I could feel the connection between her and Lucian. There are a lot of other great characters. They were a bit bizarre and that makes them so wonderful. I especially liked Orma – but I wouldn’t want him to hear that if he was alive, because I think he would kill me for it. The world building was amazing. The fact that dragons can transform their appearance to humans was a nice addition.
The things I didn’t liked. Although I think Seraphina is a wonderful girl, I didn’t connect with her. It felt like I was reading her story, I didn’t feel it. I wish I could bond some more with her. That leads me to the second point, I never had the feeling I was sucked in the story. It wasn’t hard for me to stop reading. I never reached the point where I just wanted to know the ending and I didn’t regret the fact that I was done with this book. The story has a nice pace, but I just wished it was a bit shorter. ...more
From the moment I saw this, I decided I had to read it. I’m not a fan of Anthologies, because I like to bond with my characters and that’s almost impoFrom the moment I saw this, I decided I had to read it. I’m not a fan of Anthologies, because I like to bond with my characters and that’s almost impossible here. This book didn’t blow me away. Three stories were left out of my eARC. I will make a list from the books I hated and loved;
I hated: Nina Berry: As blue as the sky & just as old. Annoying characters.
Sayantani Das Gupta: – Blue. I didn't get the story.
C. Lee McKenzie: – Sea of Dew. I didn't like the end.
I loved: Sarwat Chadda: Sing a song of six-pence. It’s a sad story, but beautifully written.
Angie Frazier: – Boys & Girls come out to play. Bronwyn’s sister Aelwyn has been chosen to play in the forest with the witches, but Bronwyn takes her place.
Lisa Mantchev: – Those who whisper. The main character is such a kick ass girl. Sida is banished from her village after the death of her mother, but she manages to survive on her own.
Gretchen McNeil: – Tick Tock. SCARY! Shannon babysits, but the new family isn’t what she expected..
Suzanne Young: – The wish. Lovely, but sad story. The main character is a bit naive, but I felt sorry for her.
Michelle Zink: – A ribbon of blue. Ruby is waiting for the carnival. She is suffering from CP, but someone promised her a long time ago that she would find a cure at the carnival.
Nancy Holder: –Part first: The lion & the unicorn. I felt so sad when I discovered that Part two is only available in the published version. It was really good.
Opinion. The other stories were just okay. There was nothing special about them. Well-written, but forgettable. I blame it on the fact that I couldn't connect with the characters, so perhaps it's just me :) The stories I loved managed to give me something extra. A original twist, a character that could surprise me or just a great way of playing with words. I wished that the stories were scarier. There were two that frightened me, but that wasn't enough. Based on the title and the dark cover, I expected more nail biting scenes. Overall, a nice read, but I'm not going to buy a copy. ...more
In the beginning, I struggled with this book, but after a few chapters I was sucked into this story.This was really, really good! Review coming soon.
In the beginning, I struggled with this book, but after a few chapters I was sucked into this story. I could not put it down and I was mesmerized by the world and characters Emma crafted. This book puts vampires in another light and there is even a touch of another magical creature.
“She and I were one, Lucy and the being who had clawed her way from the grave. We inhabited the same body, shared the same mind, had the same memories.”
From the first page, we are plunged in Lucy’s new life. When she awakes in a coffin, she knows something strange is going on. After digging herself out of the earth, she visits her old house. Her parents and sister are gone, but she finds some clues in a book written by Stoker. It’s exactly her story, but he added wrong details and she hunts him down in order to get answers.
It appears that something bigger is going on and on her way to find her maker, Lucy gets information out of different corners. Felix, a close vampire to Lady Blanchard, and Marco, a Protector. Apparently, Mordred – the vampire king – disappeared around the day she was turned. With him gone, the balance between humans and vampires is in danger. It’s up to Lucy and Marcus to find him.
It won’t be that easy, because danger lurks every where. It's a race against the clock and they better find Mordred before it is too late.
Opinion. The first thing I noticed about this book are the rich details. The world-building is incredible and beautifully crafted. During Lucy’s quest to find her maker, she gets a lot of information. At the end, everything falls together into this amazing plot. The little bits and pieces really deliver that Victorian feeling without getting too much. The background story of every character and happening was so well-thought. It’s fast-paced and filled with great characters.
Lucy is very likable and clever. She is strong and the opposite of whiny. When she finds out that she is a vampire – and be aware of the fact that these creatures are unknown at this time - she manages to deal with it in a great way. Then there is of course Marco. There is a romance between them, but it develops good and it plays a small role. I liked him. Despite his believes, he opens up for Lucy and he is protective in a cute way.
There are no sparkling vampires in this book. They are beautiful, but deadly and you better watch out. I would not turn my back on them. There is this scene where vampires are fighting against each other.. believe me, that won’t be a pretty sight.
The only critic I can think of, is the ending. Everything from the important storyline is tied together, but there is still room for your imagination on one detail. I wish I knew.. I will be keeping an eye on this author, because I can’t wait to read another book from her....more
Yeah. I'm sorry. Gave up on page 70. I had to force myself to read it and that's now how I work. I will give you an explanation for my DNF:
I requestedYeah. I'm sorry. Gave up on page 70. I had to force myself to read it and that's now how I work. I will give you an explanation for my DNF:
I requested this book, because I was fascinated by the Amish. Instead of that, I get a story that goes on and on about their attraction towards each other. The chapters switch between Noah (pretty name, by the way) and Rose, but the only thing I got so far is how they describe each other. I got a little sight of how the Amish live (and I, very honest, really dislike there way of living. Don't want to insult anybody, but I don't like living styles with traditional roles), but I want more! Instead of that, he tells constantly how fascinating Rose is. He wants to stay away, but he wants to be with her, but he really can't, but he want to blablabla. It's a bit like Twilight without all the sparkle. Rose constantly thinks in ways as "he needs to change his behavior if we are together". You only know him for one freaking day. In honesty couldn't care less if they come together or not and I don't think that's the way you need to feel :p
So.. It's just not meant to be, I guess. Perhaps this book works out for you, because I see a lot of positive reviews about this book. And I definitely wanted to love this one, but I don't :)
Edit: You know what is the worst thing? After seeing all these horrible things on the web about authors/publishers/husbands attacking reviewers, I'm almost scared to put this on Goodreads.. It seems like you can't have a negative opinion anymore, because they will jump right on top of it and tear it to the ground. What is going on? I simply feel sad for the world we are living in right now.. There is NOTHING wrong with disliking a book. It's the same thing you come across everyday. There are certain clothes you don't like, artwork you don't want in your house, cars you don't want to drive in etc. So what the hell is wrong with disliking a book and telling others about it? :s Ugh.
“And, in this way, the world was made complete, for light was joined to dark.”
I really like Cameron Dokey her books. The stories are loosely based on the fairytales we know and I always like the twist she gives them. Unfortunately, I wasn’t so enthusiastic about this one. I must admit: the fairytale about the magic flute is new to me. Never heard of it before, but in this book, there is hardly any flute. We hear a lot about a boy who can play with bells – and they are magical, because they can play the sound of someone’s heart. He uses them to summon the boy of Mina's heart.
“A home is a place one’s heart creates and so recognizes as it’s own.”
I liked the idea, but I never connected to the characters in the book. It’s not that Mina is a terrible main character, but I also disliked her in some way. The characters felt a bit too flat for me. So, if you are planning to read a book from Dokey – and you should do that, because her other books are great! – don’t start with this one :)...more
“She was smarter than all of us. And it only made me want her more.”
Jake is in love with Sam. They used to be friends, but now they don’t have so much contact. When he and his friends are drunk at a party, he decides it’s a clever thing to go to her and tell her that he loves her. Being drunk and driving a car doesn’t work that well. They crash and Jake loses the ability to speak. It’s hard to get used to the fact that never get another chance to tell Sam that he loves her, but the accident did bring them closer to each other. Jake is taking sign language in an attempt to move on and Sam becomes his teacher. They communicate a lot via his notebooks and they develop into having some sort of relationship. Sam is a bit scared of calling it a relationship. She doesn’t believe in love.
Jakes has a wonderful, big family. His mother is a second mother to everyone on their little island. She is caring and he gets a lot of support from her, his father and his brothers and sisters. I especially liked Jordan, his sister who is a big help to him, and James, his little brother.
“You look like a mime or something when you do that,” James said, his tone totally serious. “Your body tries to laugh, but nothing comes out.”
These situations makes the story lighter and shows us that losing something in our lives, doesn’t have to mean that our lives stop. We can move on. Things can change and yes, you can feel sorry for yourself, but their must come a moment you just stop whining. That’s something he learns when Sam is yelling at him.
“Your friends might not ‘get it,’” she made little quote marks in the air. “But they’re still trying to be there for you. And all you can do is shut out the world and feel sorry for yourself.”
That’s when Jake finds out what Sam has been hiding. The reason why she is tired all the time and why she is becoming so skinny. She has been living on her own for a while now. With the little money she has and the few stuff she gathered, she is living in a small boathouse in the woods. That’s when her father shows up to get her and their world start falling apart. It means that Sam has to move. How will that change their future?
I really liked this story about standing up and moving on after losing something precious. It seems horrible to lose your voice and become mute in one silly moment or losing someone you love. Jake is a sweet boy. He takes care of Sam when she needs him the most and he can cope with her strange moods. His whiny behavior is understandable, but I was glad that Sam told him the truth. Sometimes, he had too much self-pity. Sam was a delightful character. Strong, smart and brave. I like her input in this story, but I wished several times that we got to know more about Jake. After all, it’s his story. I wanted this story to be based on his accident, instead on his insecurity about Sam. Overall, a nice story which makes you think about life and moving on....more
Anna and the French Kiss I liked it, but I don't love it - and I don't get the hype :p
“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less youAnna and the French Kiss I liked it, but I don't love it - and I don't get the hype :p
“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”
Anna’s parents are divorced and her rich father believes he has a great idea: he puts Anna in a boarding school in Paris. He tells her it will be a wonderful experience, but all Anna thinks about is what she leaves behind. A good job, a best girlfriend, her little brother and her crush.On her first day, she meets Meredith and her friends: especially Étienne St. Clair. He is this perfect boy every girl wants to be with – and every boy wants to be him. He has the looks, the popularity and the personality. Only downfall is his egocentric dad who keeps Étienne away from his sick mother. Anna starts to fall in love with him, but there is a little problem: he has a girlfriend, Ellie, and he isn’t planning on breaking up with her. He doesn’t want to be lonely and he is afraid for his mother. Will they ever get together or will Anna stay with her fling Dave?
Opinion. As you can see, I wasn’t blown away by this book. This is the main reason why I try to stay away from hypes; most of the time, they don’t deliver. Was it cute? Definitely. Did I like the writing-style? Yes, I did. So, let me tell you why my rating is low.
1. Anna. Like all the other girls, she falls in love with Étienne’s looks right away. But, she is actually pretty easy with her feelings, because Dave is also in the picture – and not to forget the crush in her hometown. She develops a friendship with Étienne, but she keeps whining that his gorgeous looks distract her and that she wants more. What she had to do was stay the hell away from him, because he has a girlfriend.
2. Étienne. The perfect boy who has everything, but to make the storyline a bit more complex, throw in a sick mother and a bad father. Girls swoon around him and he never got the guts to tell Meredith that he doesn’t like her. Poor, naive girl. He stays into this bad relationship with Ellie, because he is afraid to be alone? Yeah, alright. I don’t like these perfect, pretty boys and he just wasn’t fair to Ellie and Anna.
3. All. the. drama. Anna and Étienne keep walking around each other in endless circles, making a lot of fuss and drama in the meantime. Fighting, staying friends, wanting more, fighting, blablabla. Just get on with it already! You like him, he likes you, the end. I have the feeling I actually read the same thing over and over again until they finally made their decision.
4. Alcohol. I don’t like drinking, but I know that it’s something personal. What I find distracting was the fact that the author made it seem like it’s perfectly normal to get wasted. Anna has never been drunk before and I liked that about her, but after the whole puke-and-lose-my-memory-situation I had to roll my eyes.
5. Mean girls and boys. There were so many stereo types. Every girl Anna doesn’t like is a mean girl (Amanda) and every boy Étienne dislikes is a bad guy (Dave). The only people in between are Meredith, Josh and Rashmi; who doesn’t really play a bigger role than making Anna feel better about herself.I hope that I don’t get all the fan girls hating on me now, haha, because everybody seem to love this book. I guess it’s also because I normally don’t read these type of books.
Perhaps Perkins should have thrown in some zombies to make it more spectacular for me ;)...more
Miriam Black has this special ability. When she has skin-to-skin contact with someone, she knows how and when someone will die. She takes advantage of that by following that person and stealing all his/her money. She seems to be unable to change the course of dead: when she tried, a little boy died because of her. That is still hunting her in her nightmares, so she won't interfere with 'the path of life'.
This book starts with one of her victims. She robbed him and she got a ride from Louis to a bar. That's how she meets Ashley. Yes, it's a boy and he has that bad boy attitude. She is turned on by it, so they have sex and they hang out. He finds her journey and he wants to work together. They are searching for the perfect victim and that is how Louis comes in the picture. She saw that he will die within a couple of days. Ashley has made the plan that Louis will be there next victim, but there is something about him that touched Miriam. Not only the fact that he will die because of their meeting, but he is sweet and there is something sad about him.
That’s when the trouble is coming. A woman and a guy show up searching for Ashley. He stole a suitcase full of drugs and the owner wants it back, no matter what. Soon, the pieces of the puzzle fall together and Miriam must do everything in her power if she wants to save Louis.
The story is told from Miriam’s point of view. There is a lot of violence and cursing. She loves alcohol and cigarettes.
"My mother always said I had a mouth like a sailor. Not in an arr, matey way, but in a fuck this and shit that way. And yes, I am a big fat liar. My dirty, torn-up jeans on fire."
And that’s exactly how Miriam is throughout the whole book. She is foul mouthed, sharp and she has a very strange ‘I don’t give a damn’ attitude. For me, the whole concept of stealing someone’s money after watching that person die, is so strange. I’d never do something like that and I certainly can’t understand why she is doing it. Why isn’t she able to get a job?
There are some ‘Interludes’ in this book and some of them provide more information about Miriam. Like telling about her past: her mother was very religious and had strict rules. Those rules are returning in Miriam’s dreams, also described in those chapters. Some of them are pretty scary, with Louis ghost talking to her and blaming her for his dead.
I’m not quite sure about this book. I liked the concept of touching someone and seeing how they die, but Miriam wasn’t a very likeable character. What I do know is that I love the cover! You have to find out for yourself if this book works for you. I’m still not sure if I’m going to read the next one. That's the reason why I can't rate this one. ...more
Summary. Clary’s life has drastically changed. From a normal teenager girl to a Shadowhunter with a mother in coma, a new-found brother (Jace) and a transformed friend (Simon) - who might become more than ‘just’ a friend. Jace is also in trouble. His adoptive mother sends him away, because she is afraid he might turn to his father’s side. When the Inquisitor from the Clave comes for him, he is locked away in the dungeons in the City of Bones. Valentine slays the brothers and takes another Mortal Instrument with him: the Sword. He tries to persuade Jace to join him and his quest.There are also strange killings going on. Someone is slaying the Downworlders. When Simon and one of Luke’s werewolves are taken away, it’s obvious who took them. Valentine has a master plan; he wants to raise an army of demons to attack the Clave. Can they stop him before it is too late?
Opinion. I’m still not satisfied with the whole Clary-Jace-brother/sister-thing. It actually made me feel a bit disgusted. So, I better be right about them!There is a lot going on in this book. (Clary and Simon are in some sort of relationship, Downworlders are dying, her mother doesn’t wake up, Valentine is trying to manipulate Jace and Jace has to deal with the Inquisitor.) Despite that, the story was easy to follow and I liked the constant pace. The plot was good and the ending left me excited for the next book. There were some things that bothered me.
Clary.. I like her, but I expected her to finally kick some butt. She is a Shadowhunter in name, but not in action. She recently found out that she has a gift for Runes, but that is hardly explained. I hope that we will get more background about it. The same for Jace newfound talent.
Quote “I've got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?" "A regrettable choice of words," muttered Magnus.”
One major complain I have is a spoiler: SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER.When Valentine sliced Simon’s throat and drained him from his blood, I expected him to die. It would be much more believable. When Jace brought him back to life with his blood, I could buy it. But when Simon is exposed to the sunlight and he didn’t burn to death, I rolled my eyes. ...more
City of Bones: Mortal Instruments, Book 1 Clary’s life is pretty normal until she sees something nobody else can see. She can look through the GlamourCity of Bones: Mortal Instruments, Book 1 Clary’s life is pretty normal until she sees something nobody else can see. She can look through the Glamour from Shadowhunters and their target; demons. When she encounters Jace and his friends, they are very surprised. How is it possible that a “Mundie” can see them?Not long after their meeting, Clary is attacked in her home by a strange animal – and her mother Jocelyn is gone. Jace takes her to his mentor Hodge at the Institute and they tell her more about this whole new world. There are Downworlders, like faeries and vampires, and Shadowhunters, a line from the Angels. They fight against demons to keep the humans, or ‘Mundies’ safe. It appears that Valentine has returned. A Shadowhunter who is supposed to be dead. He once made his own group called ‘The circle,’ because he wants to purify the world by killing everything that isn’t human. The Clave made rules about that and now he wants to build his own army with the Mortal Cup. One problem: he doesn’t know where it is and he suspects that Clary mother knows it’s location. Nothing will ever be the same when Clary starts to find more information about her and her mother’s life. Can she save Jocelyn before it is too late?
Opinion. “Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?' Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself." ... "At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland." "Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”
Let me start by saying that I fell in love with Jace and his strange sense of humour. He must be the most adorable jackass I have ever met. There is something about him I really liked. Behind his attractive smiles, there is a broken boy. Clary also surprised me. She stood up for herself and even when she doesn’t make the most clever decisions all the time, she does it with a good intention. I was glad to see that she wasn’t such a whiner and I liked her conversations with Jace. The story was nice. I liked the idea of Shadowhunters in our world and the use of all the ‘creatures’ like werewolves and demons. There was a steady pace, action and a bit of romance. The plot was well-done and I was baffled by the ending. You could say that I did not see THAT coming. At all. I can honestly say that I wasn’t even happy with it and I hope that I’m right about my suspicion that it’s going to change. I definitely can’t wait to continue this series....more
After the first 25 pages, I was actually planning to stop reading. I decided to give it a try anyway, but I'm done after 180 pages. I just can't contiAfter the first 25 pages, I was actually planning to stop reading. I decided to give it a try anyway, but I'm done after 180 pages. I just can't continue. This is my second DNF this year.
Zoe has glitches. That means that her system is shutting down from The Link. That's a system everybody is connected to via a V-chip in their brains. Glitchers are dangerous and they must be reported, but Zoe loves the emotions she's finally feeling. She meets a boy and he tells her about the lies her Community is telling. He takes her 'up' and explains her that she has a powerful gift. He can see the future, she can control things with her mind. Yeah. He brings her to his own community, the Rebels.
1. I hated the language. There is a lot of cursing with strange words like 'Shunting' and 'crackin' hell' They got on my nerve. 2. The world-building. I couldn't buy it. The Community said that the V-chip would protect the people and everybody just took it without any problems? The world 'up' was destroyed and was supposed to be toxic. Why the hell would you want to live underground with a group of people you control like robots? It makes no sense. It just felt wrong and unbelievable. 3. I couldn't connect with Zoe. The first 25 pages are only long descriptions about her glitches - boring - and I found her a bit plain.
It's a shame I didn't like it, because I loved the promise! The blurb was intriguing, but it didn't deliver.