Edit: OH MY GOD. I HAVE IT IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW. I'm freaking out. I already love it. And yes, that is possible. I...more2014....
Edit: OH MY GOD. I HAVE IT IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW. I'm freaking out. I already love it. And yes, that is possible. I know it's going to be epic <3 I'm almost afraid to read it now, because I don't want to wait even longer for the other book.
edit 2: Done. This book is too good to be true. It's worth the wait. My review will be posted closer to the publication date, but ahhhhhh. I want to fangirl!! *happy dance*. Marissa is a genius :)(less)
This book felt similar to Liz Coley – Pretty girl thirteen, another book I really liked. This one is just as dark, gritty and gripping and you can’t help yourself – you have to fall in love with the main characters. It was hard to put down and I didn’t finish is because I had to sleep.
Summary. Carey and Nessa (short for Jenessa) were kidnapped by their ‘mother’ years ago. She has been gone for a while now and the girls are running out of food, until their father finds them. They are taken away from the only home they remember and they have to adjust to a complete new world: food, clothes, school. It’s especially hard for Carey, who took the role of mother for her silent sister. She is suddenly just her sister, but she has to watch Nessa close. The girl is starting to talk and Carey is afraid she might tell them their greatest secret. A secret which might risk Carey’s new life with her father, his new wife and their stepdaughter Delaney.
Review. This book felt very realistic. Carey sometimes longs for her simple life with just Nessa; the only life she has ever know. It’s hard for her to adjust, but she will do anything to keep Nessa safe and happy. I liked the way she remembers the good side of their past, because that life made her this awesome character. I understand that it’s hard to let go and I love how Murdoch portrayed her struggle.
Carey is so loving and sweet for Nessa. Their relationship is one of the best aspects of this book. These girls have suffered so much in their lives, but they grew up to be admirable characters. Their bond is strong and one of the best I’ve seen in a while. It’s unbelievable that Carey is only fifteen years, because it was easy to connect with her. My heart broke when I saw the way her ‘mother’ treated her and the things she had to deal with. Nessa is cute and I was happy with the way she developed under her father’s care.
The side characters were perfectly described as well. Melissa is amazing: she took Nessa and Carey under her wings like they are her own blood and she understands them. I had a hard time with Delaney, but I started to warm up for her. After a while I started to understand that it must be difficult for her too. Their father is a bit underdeveloped, but it’s clear that he loves his daughters and he will do anything to make them happy.
The writing-style is great. Carey talks with an accent and that was subtle interwoven. It never bothered me and it felt very natural. The descriptions were good and some situations gave me tears. That doesn’t happen very often, so it’s a sign that her writing worked for me. The ending was a bit abrupt for my taste. I wasn’t ready to part with Carey and Nessa yet.(less)
Summary Alyssa’s mother has been locked away in a special institute. They are descendants from thé Alice in Wonderland and every woman suffers from the same mental problem. They hear insects and flowers talk. When Alyssa is starting to hear the voices too, she is worried that she might end up like her mother. Her father is so desperate that he wants to use electronic pulses. When her mother tells her about a family curse that can be broken, Alyssa decides to find the rabbit hole.
That is how she ends up in Wonderland with her best friend and crush Jeb. Morpheus – an old forgotten friend – explains that she must undo all the mistakes Alice made. This is the start of a huge adventure with unexpected twists, crazy characters and dangerous situations. Be aware to dive into the madness.
Review The story. I loved the whole concept of the family curse, but the twists made it even better. There were so many things I never expected. When you think you finally know what is going on, you are wrong. This story constantly went in different directions. The unpredictability made it exciting. It’s a shame I can’t tell you more about it, but that would spoil the fun of finding out yourself.
Next point is the darkness in Wonderland. The world-building is amazing and I loved the creepy atmosphere throughout the book. It reminded me of the game Alice in Madness. The descriptions helped me to make a picture in my head and I felt like I walked besides Alyssa in this messed up world.
The characters. This is the point where I had some troubles. Alyssa is a good, solid character. I liked her strange hobby; making art with dead insects. She was strong and brave. I admired her for going into Wonderland to save her mother. She was also a bit naive and Jeb could walk right over her. That brings me to his character, whom I absolutely hate.
I couldn’t see the connection between him and Alyssa. There are so many things wrong with him. He is acting like he is a good friend, but he makes sure that Alyssa can’t join him to London, because his girlfriend comes with him. London is supposed to be a project for school, so who is he to tell her father to keep her at home? He doesn’t believe in her; he is constantly nagging that she isn’t capable of this or that she is too weak to do that. Just have a little faith her in! Alyssa is defending him all the time, while he actually acts like a douche bag. And I just can’t overlook the fact that he has a ponytail.
So, on to Morpheus, who was a wonderful character. He never pretends to be someone else: he knows that is manipulative. He knows that he is lying and cheating. He knows that his master plan is working and that he puts Alyssa on the wrong foot. The fact that he is aware of that makes him awesome. He is a genius and the brain behind all the great twists. He also has a gentle side and I could see why Alyssa was attracted to him in those moments. These two different, clashing personalities make him interesting and complex.
We also get to meet a lot of other characters, I don’t even know where to begin. Let me just say that Howard uses a huge amount of creatures and characters in this book. They all have their purpose and own voice. It was great to meet them and I admire the way she created them.
Conclusion Give me part two, Unhinged! Despite the fact that I disliked Jeb, I fell in love with the dark Wonderland and it’s creepy inhabitants. I hope to see more of Morpheus, because his complexity makes him fascinated. This book would make one hell of a movie!
“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.”(less)
Hex Hall “Good luck explaining to God that you used to spank one of his heavenly beings."Mom gave a startled laugh. "Sophie!" "What? You did. I hope yo...moreHex Hall “Good luck explaining to God that you used to spank one of his heavenly beings."Mom gave a startled laugh. "Sophie!" "What? You did. I hope you like hot weather, Mom, that's all I'm saying.”
I have a new best friend and her name is Sophie Mercer. After an unsuccessful attempt for a prom-night spell, she is sent to Hecate Hall (also Hex Hall) on Graymalkin Island. This school is for Prodigium (also known as witches, faeries, shapeshifters, werewolves etc) She’s not happy. She lives a good live together with her non-gifted mother; her father is a warlock, but he is out of the picture. Still, he is the one who sentence her to Hex Hall.By the end of her first day, Sophie already made three powerful enemies. She also developed a crush on Archer, a gorgeous warlock and she made friends with her roommate; a girl who happens to be the only vampire in the school. The pink-crazy Jenna.
“But this room looked like it had been decorated by the unholy lovechild of Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake.”
She also has the feeling that a ghost is stalking her, but that’s not possible, right? When Sophie learns about a mysterious predator who has been attacking students – and is still on the move – she knows that there is no way her school year will be boring. When the attacking continues, and everybody blames Jenna, Sophie tries to convince them that it’s an ancient secret society who is determined to destroy all Prodigium; (short name) The Eye. But nobody could prepare her for the real killer, because sometimes, looks really deceive.
Opinion. Oh, how I loved this book! Sophie is fantastic. She is witty, sarcastic and sweet. Yes, she develops a crush right away because the boy is hot as hell, but it was nice to see that she waits until they grow to each other. And be honest: I think we all had a crush in school on a boy because of his looks. It makes her a believable teenager.he really cracked me up. There is something about the way she says things, in such a nonchalant way. I really could imagine her voice in my head. Just look at it, her comment to Cal – who is the ground keeper (and he sounds attractive):
“So if you can heal with your touch, why are you working here as like, Hagrid, or whatever?”
There is also Jenna, perhaps one of the biggest ‘freaks’ in the school. She is so cool. Even when everybody blames her, she tries to stand up for herself. Her room sounds horrible with all the pink, but it gave her a real personality. Her story is touching.The ending of this book was great. I didn’t see it coming. I knew that Sophie was powerful, but I was pleasantly surprised by the conclusion. That brings me to the writing style. It’s easy and fast-paced; it was highly entertaining. I’m so glad that there is a second book.You definitely need to read this book if you like funny, easy books about magical creatures. You won’t be disappointed, because this book has everything. From danger and drama to romance.(less)
The first chapters left me annoyed by our Sleeping Beauty. She's kissd by Bren and awakes after more than 80 y...moreWow, just wow! I'm dazzled by this book.
The first chapters left me annoyed by our Sleeping Beauty. She's kissd by Bren and awakes after more than 80 years in 'stasis'. It's a special sort of sleep where you're body and mind freeze in time. She had a really bad attitude. She was too dumb to understand anything, so she wouldn't learn for school and stuff like that. She was immediately obsessed with Bren, but she doesn't even know him.
But than, the whole story get's another dimension and I began to understand her behaviour and way of thinking. Her parents were terrible parents. They sort of abused her mentally by putting her in statis everything they wanted. Vacation? Work? Annoyed? Just put her into sleep until you feel like waking her up..
It really messed up her life and the beautiful love she had with Xavier (although this relation is kinda creepy.) I felt heartbroken at the end of the story. I just felt like crying for everything this girl lost in het life.. She got a lot back (like the friendship with Onno an human/robot who can talk by touching someone. And he can see someones mind), but still.. I could only think about everything she could have before, if her parents were just normal.
And because they wanted to assure that she'd never life without them, they've putted an assassinator on her name. If she'd wake up, he would start with his mission. He must find her and bring her back and if that wouldn't be possible (her parents died, so the robot can't take her to them) he must kill her. I mean, what kind of person are you when you do something like that?
And I love the writing. I really bonded with her in the end. Pff, still feeling sad.(less)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) What I love about the show is that they changed the ages. It was a bit strange here and I find the show...moreA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) What I love about the show is that they changed the ages. It was a bit strange here and I find the show more believablr. But still, a great book. So detailed and filled with these amazing and developed characters. :)
My first thoughts after finishing this book: I FINALLY did it. I think I’ve read one of the most popular fantasy book and I’m happy that I read it. This book is huge, but it never felt like reading 811 pages. It was a quick and interesting read that makes me hungry for more. I absolutely LOVE the TV show and after watching the three seasons in a very short time, I couldn’t ignore the books any longer. Credits to the TV show so far, they follow the storyline perfectly and I even liked the change they made. They adjusted the ages, because a fourteen year old girl having sex with an adult on TV would be weird. I think I even prefer the older characters and I keep these actors in mind when I read the books.
“WHEN YOU PLAY THE GAME OF THRONES, YOU WIN OR YOU DIE. THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND.”
I’m not going into details, because that would be so much work. This book has a truly wonderful, complex world-building with many developed characters. It was easy to keep track of them though. There are some main characters (don’t get too attached though, that doesn’t mean a thing) and many secondary characters. They have distinct voices and important roles in the story and that makes this such a masterpiece. I was happy with the summary at the end, about all the families and their members. It was fun to read.
Every chapter tells the story from another POV, like Eddard Stark (Ned) or Tyrion Lannister (one of my favorite characters). It was fascinating to see how everyone feels and thinks in certain situations. There was one POV I disliked though, because I just can’t stand Sansa. There is something about this stupid girl that annoys me and I must admit that I scanned her pages. One of the things I admire is the fact that every character has it’s strong points and flaws. Nobody is a 100% good or evil and that makes it realistic. I also love the setting and the hints of fantasy, like all the talk of ‘the Others’ or in the TV show ‘white walkers’ and dragons. I can’t wait to see more of this.
Keep in mind that you need to like politics. This book isn’t a hard-core fantasy book, because it’s all about intrigues and betrayal. One family conspiring against the other, with the Lannisters on top of the list. If you follow my blog longer, you know that I like historical fiction especially in The Tudor era – this book reminds me of it. Everyone is trying to gain more power and money, and they will do everything to get it. It’s after all The Game of Thrones and you either win or die.
”NEVER FORGET WHAT YOU ARE, FOR SURELY THE WORLD WILL NOT. MAKE IT YOUR STRENGTH. THEN IT CAN NEVER BE YOUR WEAKNESS. ARMOR YOURSELF IN IT, AND IT WILL NEVER BE USED TO HURT YOU.”
If you are interested in a short summary of this book: There are basically three main lines in this story. One is about Ned Stark who becomes the new Hand of the King after Jon Arryn’s death. The king is one of his friends, Robert Baratheon who is married to Cersei Lannister. They have three children together, but Ned discovers a huge secret and when he tries to tell the truth, he is captured for treason. One of his sons Robb leads an army to free his father. The second one is about Ned Stark’s bastard Jon Snow. He decides that it’s time for him to do something with his life and he joins the Night Watch at the Wall. This Wall protects the seven Kingdoms, also Westeros, from the evil that lurks outside it, especially when Wildlings are gathered together as an army by one man called Mance. The last one is about Danaerys Stormborn, the last Targaeryen with her brother Vicerys. He marries her off to Khal Drogo in order to use his army to cross the sea and capture his thrown, which is currently hold by Ursurper Robert. Robert killed their father, who was called ‘the mad king.’(less)
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 you...moreAnna 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 ;)(less)
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Juliet Marillier. Books you love are always the hardest to review. How can I describe the magical writing-style, the great fairytale feeling and the amazing characters in just a few words? This is something you have to explore yourself. If someone asks me who my favorite author is, Juliet Marillier is definitely a name I would think of. I’ve read most of her books and I absolutely adore this one, Heart’s blood (will re-read this one soon) and The seven waters series (which I hope to review once) This is the third time I return to this book and it was, again, a great experience. That is why I love re-reading so much. It’s like wrapping yourself in your favorite blanket.
This book is a soft mix of The frog princess and The twelve dancing princesses. Jena lives with her four sisters and father in the middle of a forest called Wildwood. There are rumors about magic and otherworldly creatures. There are whispers about the danger of those creatures, but Jenna and her sisters know better. Every full moon, they use a portal in their room to cross to the other side where they dance until the morning. What I love is how every sister has her distinct voice, like Paula how discusses science with the witches, or the young Stella who plays hide and seek with the younger creatures.
When their father leaves to a warm country to regain strength from his sickness, Jena is in charge. She has always been the responsible one and she has taken over the role of mother after she died. Jena has one best friend, her frog Goku. He talks to her in her head and their friendship is so cute. Despite the fact that he is a frog, they care for each other and he is always there to help her. But their cousin Cezar finds it irresponsible to leave a girl in charge. Women are meant to take care of the children and nothing more. Jena tries to stand up against him, but it’s no use. He slowly takes over their household and his hatred for the otherworldly creatures is blinding him. The girls are in a difficult position now, especially when Tati (the eldest sister) falls in love with a Nightwalker. It’s not safe to cross to the other world now and Jena must end this, otherwise Tati might die from sadness.
Every sister has a distinct voice. There is Paula, the intelligent one who loves to talk to the witches and wizards about science and the youngest sister Stella who loves to play hide and seek with her mystical friends. We get to know them and I like them all for their own aspects, but this book is mainly about Jena, a girl with a huge heart and much courage. She is somethings too strong for her own good, but I love how she does everything with good intentions. It's not easy for her to stand up against Cezar - especially when he is starting to show certain affections for her.
The use of the fairytales is subtle and I like how she created a story of her own. It’s not too obvious that it’s based on another tale and I adore her world-building. If you’ve never experience Marillier’s writing-style before, I highly suggest you do. It’s flowing, descriptive: just pure magic. I hope I did justice to this book.(less)
I suggest to skip this review if you haven’t read Boundless, because there are spoilers. To give you a short version of the review: it was boring.
You can say that I am very disappointed with this book. I’m not sure what happened, but the story went from interesting in the first two books to incredibly boring.
Let me start by saying three positive things about this book. Samjeeza is still there. From every character in the book, he is the most fascinating. I also liked the twist with Angela’s pregnancy and how that added some excitement to the thin plot. Did anybody suspected this when Angela was acting so strange? I did come to the realization that I actually don’t like her that much. She is bossy, mean and a hypocrite. I was also happy to see some more of Jeffrey, but I still feel like he didn’t get enough time to shine. He was always there on the background and I think there was more to him.
The thing that bothered me the most is the fact that Christian is there. All. the. freaking. time. You can say that I wasn’t a big fan of him, but I went to a straight hater.
Are you kidding me? I can’t even.. He expects her to give up her feelings just like that? Oh boy, can you imagine that a girl doesn’t like you! The horror! It must be impossible to understand, annoying bonehead. One thing I admired about him is the fact that he stays such a good and loyal friend, because Clara doesn’t deserve that.
This is going to start my rant about Clara. She really need to make up her mind and stop acting like a whiny baby! She keeps popping up at Tuckers place, giving him all these double signals and she is dating with Christian while she is thinking of Tucker. Come on, do I have to spell it out for you? Stop wasting your time and go to your boy already. At least she ends up with Tucker, otherwise I would have dropped the rating to 2 flowers. On the other hand, how the hell did she end with such a sweet, nice guy when she is screwing with his feelings?
The plot was, like I said, very thin. This book was definitely not like the other two. It is completely based on the ‘romance’ and the love-triangle, instead of the battle. When we were heading towards the ending I was hoping on a good fight. Unfortunately, it’s fairly easy solved.
Let me say it this way: if I knew that the series ended like this, I might never started it in the first place.(less)
First thoughts after finishing this book: WOAH, what an amazing book. This is definitely the best book I’ve read with a medical aspect. I loved it! Being a soon-to-be-microbiologist, I felt very happy when I saw the well-written information. It was realistic and I can see that Grant did a lot of research. This resulted in a creepy and believable story. There were some very intense scenes where my heart sped up and I’m looking forward to see where this story is going to lead me.
The chapters are split into two different subjects: the first one are pieces of interviews and the beginning of the development of the tapeworm. It added a lot of background to the story and it completed the world-building. I liked seeing the start of the research and the precise reason they invented this tapeworm.
The second part is about Sally – now Sal – who woke up after being declared brain dead. She was involved in an accident and her parents were informed she’d never wake-up. But she did and now, six years later, Sal is followed by the engineers from the tapeworm, Symbogen. They still don’t understand how it’s possible that she survived and they keep testing her. She has amnesia and must attend a psychologist to find her old personality back, because Sal is nothing like the old Sally. Sal is trying to find her way in this world and she has a great boyfriend called Nathan, a microbiologist.
I really liked these two characters. Sal is ready to break free from her stamp and she has spunk. She is intelligent and I loved her non-whiny personality. Nathan is a sweetheart and it was fun to have an existing relationship. In YA we always have a lot of romance and insta-love, but here we have two people who are already in love. Refreshing. The tapeworm is a puzzle made from different pieces of DNA. Almost everyone has one in their intestines to keep them healthy and safe from any diseases. This is pretty gross if you think about it. We’re always trying to keep our bodies clean from dangerous parasites and everyone carries voluntarily a worm inside them. But, so far so good, until many people develop a strange symptom. It’s called ‘sleepwalking’. People suddenly turn into some sort of zombies and they even start to get violent. Nobody knows what’s going on and I liked the tension this gives. Symbogen is already looking for answers, but they keep everything quiet.
Sal is done with the secrecy and when she gets an anonymous offer for answer, she and Nathan decide to take it. They are warned that the information is going to change their perspective of the tapeworm, but Sal wants to find out what’s going on. This part is sick and I was amazed. I was already starting to question some things about Sal and I was right (hence the 4.5 stars), but it was still magnificent and scary.
I guess that’s what you can expect when humans are playing for God. I really wish I could read part two right now, because the ending makes me so curious and hungry for more. Mira Grant knows how the write an engaging story. Two thumbs up for her research and writing-style. I have at least another series (Feed) to read in the time I'll be waiting for part 2.(less)
The Grimm Diaries Prequels volume 1- 6: Snow White Blood Red, Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder, Beauty Never Dies, Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, Mary Mar...moreThe Grimm Diaries Prequels volume 1- 6: Snow White Blood Red, Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder, Beauty Never Dies, Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Blood Apples I actually don't know what kind of rating I must give to this 'book'. I really enjoyed the stories, but they are in need of extra care. I'm not sure how I feel about them right now. also on http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com
This is such a hard ‘book’ to review, I’m still not sure about the rating. I really liked the twist to the stories from the Brothers Grimm. According to this book, the Brothers Grimm altered the true fairytales. The immortal characters from those tales lived among us until there was a cursed placed upon them. They were buried in their own dreams; the Dreamworld. Some of the Immortals broke the curse and they could wake up once every hundred years. The good ones want to tell the truth about their fairytales, the bad ones want to bring wrath on our world. Everything is documented in a Book of Sand, also called the Grimm Diaries. You are now reading part of those diaries.A lot of character are mentioned in this book and I liked how the puzzle pieces fell together. You can see that the author did his research and his world-building is good.
Let me walk you through the diaries: Snow White Blood Red (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #1)This is the story of the Queen of Sorrow, also known as the Evil Queen from Snow White. In this diary we get to know the real truth behind her and her daughter (yes, not her stepdaughter) The Evil Queen is actually trying to protect the Kingdom of Sorrow, instead of hunting the girl down for her beauty. She banished Snow to the Dreamworld, so she can find the Lost Seven to kill the immortal Snow White. She must find out who these Lost Seven are by identifying their objects.This was a nice story. It was fun to see the first lies from the Brothers Grimm and I almost felt sympathy for the Evil Queen.
Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #2)This is the story of Alice Grimm. She is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and she is able to locate the fairytale characters. It’s her job to remind them in the Dreamworld who they are. When she flies to Venice to an 800 hundred year old witch’s skeleton, Alice knows this is her chance to find one of them. Together with Dreamhunter Loki, she dives into Dreamworld.While I liked the idea of Grimm’s descendant, I had some trouble with Alice and Loki. Their dialogues were a bit uninteresting. I wanted to see more of the story instead.
Beauty Never Dies (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #3) Peter Pan is in love with one of the immortal monsters and to wake her up, he wakes Dracula. He is also important to the Evil Queen, because he can help her with the lost Seven.While I liked the idea of Peter and his love for one of the characters, I didn’t like the language in this story. Peter is trying to show off his good body to the Queen by walking around half naked. She is brushing him off by using worlds I found every un-Evil Queen-like (and yes, that is a word from now on, haha.) Not that it matters, but this is my favorite cover from the prequels. Very pretty.
Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #4) Little Red Riding Hood isn’t just some girl. She is given an important role in life and when she reaches the age of sixteen, she will find out. One of her first tasks is going into the woods to bring a basket of food to her grandmother.I don’t want to give away too much of the story, because the author manages to surprise me. I liked the dark undertone in this story and it was fun to see what the title means. This was one of the better prequels.
Mary Mary Quite Contrary (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #5) Death is watching one particular girl when an enchanted mirror cracks. Some of the splinters ends up in her heart and it makes her a great evil. But one day, her dark practices unleashes an even bigger treat into the world. Death must do something and he locks the evil spirit away in a mirror. The same mirror that talks to the Evil Queen.The background to the mirror: awesome. I liked that a lot. But this story was actually.. horrible. This is an example of: in need of editing. When Death is talking with words like “duh, told ya and WTF” I’m gone..
Blood Apples (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #6) Prince Charming is working together with Jack the Beanstalk to save his love Snow White from the tower from Rapunzel.This was okay. I liked the fact that we finally know why the apples are red instead of their original golden color. The appearance of Jack was fun and I liked how their is a real fairytale undertone in this story: you will do everything for the one you love. You can even look beyond the fact that they are a monster.
Conclusion: These prequels promised me a lot for the upcoming books. I’ll definitely give them a try, because I can see how much fun Cameron had while writing these books. I appreciate the twists on the stories, the way he used a lot of characters and how he built these two worlds. These stories read incredibly fast and they are worth a shot, but you can see that he needs an editor. The reason why I decided to stick with 2.5 flowers is the fact that some of the sentences and words don’t fit into the story. The ideas are better than the execution.(less)
I knew what I was going to read, but I never ever thought it would touch me so much as it did. This book gave me all these different feelings. I laughed because of Augustus’ and Hazel’s funny humor I felt hopeful because of their strength and I ugly cried because everything is so unfair. I’m still not over the beauty of this book. The powerful characters, the dazzling writing-style and the storyline did something to me. Something I can’t express in words and I know that I can’t do any justice to this book. But I will try.
The first thing that surprised me is Hazel. She was diagnosed with cancer when she was 13 and it’s a miracle that she is living today as a strong and admirable girl of sixteen years. Her no-nonsense and blunt way of thinking grabbed me and I instantly liked her. She is trying to make the best out of her situation, but I also liked her vulnerable side. It made her so real and honest. I appreciated her moments of a ‘normal’ teenager. She is rebellious against her parents and she feels smothered by their constant worrying. The way Green portrayed her family was fantastic. Her parents are so caring and protective, but they are still trying to give her a normal life.
Her mother forces her to go to the cancer support group, but Hazel finds it a waste of time until she meets the love of her life; Augustus Waters. I don’t think I can describe their connection and love better than Hazel: “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” They share something special and it blew me away. Hazel and Augustus were made for each other. These two characters are one of the most adorable couple I’ve ever seen and they make you believe in true love. They complete each other and I liked the way their feelings grew. The flirty dialogues are slowly transforming to a love everybody is looking for. I completely started to fall in love with Augustus together with Hazel. He is charming, humorous and sweet. He is perfection.
They share many beautiful moments, so it was hard to see how quickly things changed. Every page I devoured made my heart ache. I wasn’t ready for it and I felt shattered when it happened. I think this is what I looked like halfway:
It has been a long time since a book made me feel so many things and I finally understand why everybody is praising John Green. He’s a fucking genius. His words are poetic and they flow across the pages. Like I said on my Goodreads status: “You want to keep reading as fast as possible to see how it's going to end. But you also want to let it sink slowly, so you can enjoy his beautiful prose."
I honestly wanted to quote every page, but I managed to make a selection of two:
“You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.” &
“And then the line was quite but not dead. I almost felt like he was there in my room with me, but in a way it was better, like I was not in my room and he was not in his, but instead we were together in some invisible and tenuous third space that could only be visited on the phone.”
I recommend this book to everyone. I’m not such a fan of most contemporary books, but this book opened my eyes. Just.. read it.(less)
I didn’t requested this book when I emailed Sarah from HarperCollins, but she was kind enough to provide a review copy from Reboot with the other books. And I’m happy she did, because it was exactly what I was looking for. A virus, action, kick ass characters and some romance: that’s how I like it!
It has been a great year when it comes to Dystopian books, so far. I’ve had some disappointing books (Mila 2.0 and Fragments) but Reboot can claim a spot among What’s left of me, Partials and Legend.
Summary. The world is plagued by a virus which causes dead people to return to life. They reboot into a stronger, faster and less emotional version and everybody is afraid of them. HARC is an organisation where new Reboots are trained and used in combat to protect humanity. Wren works for HARC and she is one of the strongest Reboots with her 178 minutes. The longer you’re dead, the less human you are. She likes to train new Reboots and she is one of the best, because she can pick the highest numbers. That is until Callum, 22 minutes, appears and he makes her question about it: is it because of the high number of because of her training? She decides to pick him as her next student and she starts to get feelings for him. The annoying, always questioning and smiling Callum helps her to retrieve her hidden humanity. So Wren does something she never did before: she disobeys HARC when they give her the order to eliminate him. It’s time to escape HARC to find the Reboot camp.
Review. First of all, virus! I feel like I repeat myself, but I love Dystopian books with biological backgrounds. This virus is the reason people return to a ‘better’ version, but Reboots are feared and used as slaves by humans. They are used to maintain order by capturing criminals and sick people. The world-building was good. There was enough information to understand it, but I could use even more details to have a complete picture.
Wren is one of the best Reboots, but Callum is the opposite. With 22 minutes, he is almost completely human and he doesn’t like to take orders. Wren’s trust in HARC is starting to crumble because of his endless questions. Callum is great. I liked how confident he is without being arrogant. He is a bit impulsive and disobedient; that’s why Wren is ordered to eliminate him. I admire his strength for standing up for his believes. I’m happy that Wren decides to escape with him. It was fun to see her change because of Callum. Her change might have been a bit fast, but it worked for me. This book is quite fast-paced, so it never felt too forced. I liked Wren and her two-sided personality. She can snap someone’s neck in a second, but she’s also blushing when Callum flirts with her. The soft-side makes her complete and much easier to connect with her.
There is a lot of action in this book – it’s not overwhelmed by a romantic plot. This is how you write a good Dystopian story. I’m looking forward to the next book, since it ends quite abrupt, but satisfying.(less)
If you haven’t read this book – and I think that is almost impossible. I really feel like the last person on earth who just read this book for the first time – there are spoilers.
We get to meet Katniss, who lives with her mother and sister Prim in district twelve. She is very good with bow and arrows. Hunting is the only way to provide her family with food and money. Every year, there are The Hunger Games. These are hosted to remind the people what happened years ago. There was a rebellion against the Capitol and district thirteen was extinguished. Years of hunger and suffer followed. It’s also entertainment for the rich people who live in the Capitol.
During the Hunger Games, every district must provide one boy and one girl. They must battle against each other until there is one winner. When Katniss’ sister is chosen, Katniss volunteers in her place. Peeta is the chosen boy. Before the Hunger Games really start, they get a mentor, a crew for their appearance and teachers. District twelve is not very popular and there are not many survivors during the years. Their mentor is Haymitch. He is drunk, harsh and in the beginning you expect him to be useless. We also get to know Cinna, her stylist, and Effie.
The Hunger Games begin and in the first minutes, a lot of people die. Then there is a change in rules: from now on, a girl and a boy from the same district can win the Hunger Games. This is because Peeta and Katniss played the role of lovers. She finds Peeta and he is wounded, almost dying. Her feelings for him become very complicated. She must play the role of a girl who is madly in love, but how does she really feels about him?
In the end, they manage to survive both and then they find out that the rule is changed again. There can only be one winner.. They decide to do something that really bothers the Capital: they want to take deadly berries, so there will be no winner. The host avoids their plan and they both win the Games. From now on, they are rich and in danger. The Capital is not happy with them. Their action can hold more consequences than they ever imagined.
What I really liked about this book, are the characters and the use of technology. Katniss is a tough girl, but she has a soft side and that gave her a real personality. Peeta was not my favorite, but that’s also because he was a whiny boy in the movie. I think that I like Gale more. I don’t know why, but I liked Haymitch from the beginning. I felt a certain sympathy for him. Imagine his role in The Hunger Games. Coaching a girl and a boy and seeing them die every year. And about the technology: that’s more because I’ve seen the movie. I thought that the scenes behind the screen added something essential to the story. Seeing how they can change the landscape to manipulate the participants. Creating monsters to give the audience a spectacular finally. The strength of this book is the reflection to our lives. It’s true: everybody wants to see more blood and action.
Look at the programs on television, where people do these crazy things for money. Nothing is silly enough. We always try to cross the line. Just push the limits a bit further. How many years before we host our own Hunger Games? Thinking about it makes me sick, but I don’t think that something like that is off limits.. When we always want more, where will we end someday? Watching people butcher each other for money and excitement? I’m frightened for the future sometimes.
I still wonder why this book is SUCH a hype. It’s fantastic indeed, but why is this particular book so popular? At least I’m happy that it’s about a very good book, instead of some other hypes we have had. And I know that you know what I’m talking about ;)
This book was good. It was fun, original and sweet, but I still had some things I would have loved to see different. The beginning of this book was incredibly strong. I was hooked to the characters and their storylines, but the story started to drag a little towards the ending. Their endless “No, I’m not falling in love” started to annoy me. Also, be aware of the fact that the religion aspect is very important in this book. Sophie is a strong believer and there is a lot of talk about forgiving your enemy. Sometimes, it was a bit too much for me.
The story is told from the third POV and switches very subtle between different storylines. I liked that a lot, because we get to know more about the whole situation. We see how Gabe and his brother Valten find out about Sophie and her real identity and then we see how ill-treated Sophie is. Gabe decides that he wants to rescue her, but he has no idea how dangerous Duchess Ermengard is. She rules her land with an iron fist and she is obsessed with her looks; the main reason why she hates Sophie so much.
Gabe is a complex character. He wants to save Sophie to prove himself to his parents. He is the second son, so he doesn’t have responsibilities like his brother Valten. Let me just say that Gabe used to enjoy life with his friends. He is brave and a good love-interest. It was fun to see how hard he is trying to not fall in love with Sophie. Sophie was sometimes a bit too perfect, but you have to like her. She has such a sweet spirit, but also her moments of kick-ass-ness. She was smart and I liked her thoughtfulness. It would have been better if she was a bit more flawed (and I don’t count the inability to dance as a flaw) but she was an interesting character.
It was a shame that we don’t get to meet the Seven. They have names and they have their purpose, but they are on the background. I wish they got more time to shine. Then, of course, Duchess Ermengard. I loathed her! She is the perfect villain. From the descriptions of her disgusting appearance to her hateful nature, she made me want to punch her in the face.
Overall, a book that made me interested in her other work.(less)
This book was actually an impulsive buy and I’m so happy I bought it. After seeing a lot of positive reviews I was pretty sure I would enjoy this book and I did. I couldn’t put it down! This book has everything I look for: an admirable MC, a great romance, mystery and action and magic. Add a good world-building and a flowing writing-style and I’m hooked.
Yelena is waiting for her punishment. After killing the man who tortured and abused her, she is in the dungeon waiting to be hanged. That is until Valek offers her to chance to become the Commander’s new food taster. Yelena will do anything to stay alive and soon, she is learning all kinds of poisons. But several people are after Yelena’s life: the father from the man she killed and a mysterious sorceress. And what is going on with the strange behavior of the Commander?
This book.. I’m not sure where to get started. The awesomeness is overwhelming. Yelena and I clicked. She is smart, strong and despite the suffering in her past, kind. She is also vulnerable, loyal and sometimes snarky. I really liked her dialogues with Valek and it was clear that there is a chemistry between them. And Valek *swoon* Intelligent, extremely good in fighting and attractive. The romance between them was perfect. It starts all wrong, with Valek being all manly and distant. They are close to having a hate relationship, but they are slowly starting to appreciate each other. They become friends and soon, there is more. It’s so sweet!
The romance is luckily just an aspect, because this book shines in secrets, adventure, magic and action. The Commander is a character I respected. He leads his country in an honest way, but someone is playing with his mind. It’s from the beginning clear who is behind it and how, but that’s never bothersome. I just wanted to see what was going to happen. The true mystery lies with the sorceress and Yelena’s past: she grew up in an orphanage, but where did she come from?
The sidekicks in this book are great. They have distinct voices and they play important parts in this story. They help Yelena to develop and to gain trust in people again. That is how I like them!
If you are looking for a fun fantasy with good characters and a sweet romance, this is the book you want to read.(less)
The first thing I need to say is: why is this part of the Kendra chronicles? I really don’t get it. Kendra has nothing to do with this book and it doesn’t have any connection with Beastly and Bewitching. Strange.. And it was good, but was it as good as I expected? Not really.
EDIT, comment from the author: Thanks for the review. I apologize for any confusion about Kendra. This book is a standalone book and was never meant to be part of any "series." In truth, even Bewitching is a standalone book in that you don't have to read Beastly to read it (The Kendra Chronicles was meant to be a SUBTITLE, not a series title). Apparently, someone not associated with my publisher posted on Goodreads that Towering was about Kendra. If you look at the book or the e-book, you can see that it's not. Perils of the information age. Sorry.
The story is told from two POV’s; a boy and a girl. Rachel is locked away in a tower somewhere in the woods. Her ‘new’ mother is protecting her after the murder on her biological mother. She feels trapped and she longs for company. That is where Wyatt comes in the picture. After a horrible happening, he is ready to start again. His mother sends him to an old family friend, Mrs Greenwood. The old woman has been alone after the disappearance of her daughter Danielle. Wyatt starts to hear a voice and when he follows his instincts, he stumbles on Rachel’s tower. The two fall in love together from the moment they see each other. Wyatt discovers that Rachel and the strange disappearances of teenagers are somehow linked and he is determined to find out what is going on.
The things I liked: The dual POV. Rachel and Wyatt were both solid characters. Wyatt is plagued by guilt and Rachel is innocent and lonely. I can see why they were attracted to each other. I didn’t feel connected to them, but they were enjoyable enough to follow. Rachel has some kick ass moments and I appreciated her bravery. The mystery. This was fun! I liked to fit the pieces together together with Wyatt. Some things were predictable, some things managed to surprise me. The aspects of the modern setting were subtle, because they never spoiled the fairytale feeling. The somewhat dark conclusion was well-done and I liked the ending.
The thing I didn’t liked: The romance. Oh boy! Flinn screwed this up. There was enough time to develop their feelings, but there had to be a worse case instant-love.. From the moment they see each other, they feel connected: like there whole purpose on this planet is to be together. I didn’t buy is, even when Flinn tried to explain it by throwing in a lame reason. It all started so good, with Rachel saving Wyatt’s life, but it went downhill and it became incredibly cheesy. The “I love you’s” and “meant to be together” are frequently used.
Conclusion: A fun twist on a popular story, but it could have been better. I did enjoy myself and it was fun to figure out the mystery!(less)
Sofia Claremont is kidnapped and taken to The Shade, a place where vampires hide from the hunters. She must join other girls in the harem of Derek Novak, the royal Prince and ruler. He recently woke up from a sleep of four hundred years and he is thirsty.Sofia is lucky when she catches his eyes. Derek makes her his personal slave and Sofia actually starts to like her new life in the Shade. There is only one vampire who is giving her a hard time. Lucas, older brother of Derek, brought Sofia to the Shade and he wants to claim her for his own. When he attacks Sofia, Derek is torn between two choices: kill his brother or sending Sofia away – which is forbidden.
Whatever the choice, their kiss at the end is going to unchain a lot of events in part two. They have no idea what the consequences are going to be, but it’s going to be bloody.Review.I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Bella found a way to make this vampire story different from any other vampire book I’ve read so far. The vampires are protecting their hiding place with a spell cast by a witch. They need to hunt on humans for blood and work.This story switches between the POV of Derek and Sofia. I liked that, because it gave insight of the two opposites, vampire vs human.
Sofia is okay. She is strong and not afraid. I liked how she stood up for herself. I did find her reactions a bit strange. It was almost like.. she had no emotions at all sometimes. Derek is, how strange that may sound, quite sweet. He is very protective for Sofia and he is trying to suppress his dark side. He feels guilty when he feeds on humans. During the time they spend, they are starting to fall in love with each other. There was an instant-attraction, but the feelings got some time to develop.I wish I got to know bot of them even better, but this book is too short for that. I hope I can connect better with them after part two.
A book I’m interested in, because the ending made me curious.
Part of the excerpt provided by the author:
This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.“Tell me your name,” he commanded.I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.“Sofia Claremont.”As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.(less)
Wow. Wow. I have a feeling I should have seen some of those twists coming, but I didn't. Awesome! I love it. I need more. This book broke my heart, it...moreWow. Wow. I have a feeling I should have seen some of those twists coming, but I didn't. Awesome! I love it. I need more. This book broke my heart, it made me melt and this is perfection. Feelings <3 review coming soon.(less)
You need this book in your life. If you haven’t read Throne of glass yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I recently review the novella's for this series and I recommend reading these first to get to know Celaena. Throne of glass rocks and this is by far one of my favorite sequels. This book blew me away. With all the unexpected twists, heart-breaking scenes and awesome characters, this book earns his place in my all time favorite list. I’m going to keep this review non-spoilery if you haven't read any book, because I want to persuade you to read this series. It’s perfection.
Let me tell you honestly that I’ve had a hard time writing down this review. My feelings are still all over the place and I can’t seem to say goodbye yet. I’m in desperate need of more, so the wait might kill me.
1. Characters. After re-reading Throne of glass and reading the novella’s, I’m even more in love with Celaena. She is flawed, but realistic and I like her different sides. Some people were disappointed by the lack of action in the first book, but be prepared to meet the tough, kick-ass assassin in action! She makes dangerous plans behind the king’s back, but she doesn’t even know how dangerous it is yet.. I liked to see the real killer in her and boy, you don’t want her to be angry with you! It was fun unraveling more about her past and true identity. I also loved to see her vulnerability and how she doesn't simply forget Sam.
"He'd love her enough to risk everything - to give up everything. He'd loved her so much that she still felt the echos of it, even know."
There are also the two handsome, awesome males. Dorian discovers a secret about himself. Something that can ruin his life forever and he needs to find a way to deal with it. He is on the background in this story, but I still liked his presence. He plays an important part in Celaena’s journey, but it was a good decision to make one guy shine; Chaol. There is so much Chaol time and this made my heart smile. I love this guy. SPOILER: - go to the blog to see this if you want.
Nehemia is the best friend we’re all looking far. She isn’t afraid to stand up to Celaena. From the first book on, these two have been soul mates and I loved reading about the time they spend together. SPOILER: - go tot the blog to see this if you want.
The king. Sometimes there are villains who have good sides, but this man is just pure evilness. He scared the crap out of me. He is ruthless and a maniac. I can understand that even Celaena is frightened for him and this is what the story needs. The tension he gives and the mystery around his part in the darkness - the question what he is up to – completes the cast.
There are also some other characters, like the male courtesan Archer and Celaena’s dog Fleetfoot. I like the distinctive voices and how everyone has a role in the story.
2. World-building. This was the only aspect that lacked in Throne of glass, but wow, Sarah made up for it here. We get to find out everything alongside Celaena and let me tell you: it’s awesome. It was great to learn more about the Wyrdmarks and I never realized what they could do.
3. Plot. Wow. You guys, this was unbelievable. It’s filled with action, very character-driven, sprinkled with romance and made up with heart-breaking twists. When I finished this book, I had a feeling I should have seen it coming: but I didn’t. I was shocked and amazed by Sarah’s genius plot. Every little piece of information comes together into this climax that was better than I could ever imagine. So clever.
4. Pacing and writing-style. This book was a perfect mixture of these two aspects. Sarah has a great way with words and everything flows together. I wasn’t even aware that I was reading. It was more like a movie in my head and I couldn’t let go. The pace was even and enjoyable, because of the good balance between action, romance and mystery. There is no rushing, but there is also no moment to get bored.
5. The ending. That is how you write an ending! I wish every author was so gifted to end their story like this. I’ve been reading some disappointing series ending lately, but this is how I like to see them. It makes me anxious, excited and inpatient for the next book, but it’s also a good conclusion to the story in this book. That part has ended and we’re ready to continue.
If these things doesn’t want to make you read the book, I don’t know what will do the trick. It has everything you could possibly look for in a YA fantasy and I definitely see this series becoming a ‘classic’ like Harry Potter.(less)
The beginning and ending were so strong! I found some great quotes there. The middle part was good, but not spectacular: that's why I give it 4 stars....moreThe beginning and ending were so strong! I found some great quotes there. The middle part was good, but not spectacular: that's why I give it 4 stars. The beginning and ending would get 5+, since they were very emotional and relatable for me.
“Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.”
I don’t read many contemporaries. There are several reasons for that, but after seeing many positive reviews I was too curious. This also happened with John Green – The fault in our stars and since that book was a huge success for me, I decided to give this one a shot. It’s fun to branch out every now and then and I am so happy I did it. This story touched me on an emotional and personal level. I must admit that it was a bit.. tough sometimes, but I love the message this book contains.
I’m sorry that there is such a personal touch in this review. I don’t want it to be all about ‘me’, but this had to be said.
“You think it’s so easy to change yourself. You think it’s so easy, but it’s not. What do you think it takes to reinvent yourself as an all-new person, a person who makes sense, who belongs? They will still see past that, see you, the girl who is still too scared, still too smart for her own good, still a beat behind, still, always, wrong. Change all you want: you can’t change that. I know, because I tried.”
Elise is an outsider. A lonely girl who struggles with her identity, because all she wants is to belong somewhere. To be someone. She even tries to change herself, her clothing and her interests, but nothing works. People pick on her and after a cry for help, she is even more shunned than before. That is until she meets Pippa and Vicky on a midnight stroll. They introduce her to the party world of Start, where she soon has the opportunity to DJ together with Char. Elise finally has a feeling she fits; she has found her place in life.
“I didn’t need to be the most exciting, beautiful, beloved girl in the world. I just needed not to be me anymore.”
I had a very strong feeling at the beginning of this book. The whole situation of being lonely and trying to change yourself comes close to a period in my life where I wasn’t in a happy place in school. I was a shy, insecure child while growing up, I didn’t have many friends and people were so unkind about the way I looked. I know exactly how Elise felt. The fact that she starts to feel happy and comfortable with herself by music is something I can identify with; I had the same things with reading. I sometimes still feel like I don't really belong in the blogging world, especially when I see how close some people are on (let's say) Twitter, but I feel like I'm growing like Elise. I'm starting to put myself out there like her and it's starting to pay off!
There were also a couple of things she does that are unfamiliar for me, but it wasn’t hard to understand her behaviour. I must admit that it made the middle part a little less interesting, but it was still good and strong. It was fun to read Elise’s voice, because she is so smart, strong and sweet. It was also fantastic to see how she develops into someone who is proud of herself - and that too reminded me of myself. You can see, Elise is a very relatable character I think everyone can connect with.
The ending is again a part where this book shined. The message in this book is something we need to see more. It touched me and gave me the feeling that: yes, I need to be proud of myself and yes, I need to stop feeling insecure. This book is definitely a feel-good story at the end and I highly recommend to read it.
“You think it’s so easy to change yourself. You think it’s so easy, but it’s not. True, things don’t stay the same forever. And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions – but always at last is returns to you. Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you: beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable. And isn’t that – just you- enough?” (less)
This book was even better than the first one. There is much more action and less Tucker obsession. It was fast-paced and I liked the plot. There was a twist I suspected, but some things still managed to surprise me.
Clara’s life is changing drastically when she has another vision. Someone she loves is going to die and there is nothing she can do about it. She is afraid that it’s Tucker, and that is when she transforms into a stalker. She creeps to his house to watch him sleep in the night (Twilight anybody?) I understand why she is protective, but this was so weird. The only thing I liked about it was the fact that Clara knew she was acting creepy and we get a lot of Clara-Tucker time! Tucker stole my heart. He is so sweet and I love how he handles the situation.
Clara also has two stalkers on her own. Christian and Samjeeza (the Dark Wing from Unearthly) Christian is sure about their destiny together and Clara is doing her best to ignore him. That is hard when Angela decides to start an Angel club, where they keep each other updated. He keeps popping up and Tucker is getting annoyed. I was mentally shouting at Christian to back off and there were several moments I wished I could smack him. I understand that it is hard for him, but he just has to fight against it like Clara.
Like things aren’t hard enough already; Jeffrey is acting strange and her father shows up after all those years, revealing old secrets. What I appreciate is the fact that there is no information dump. We slowly get information about Sam and the purpose of Angels on earth. I still find Cynthia’s take on Angels unique.
I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the last book.
“I’ve learned that a storm isn’t always just bad weather, and a fire can be the start of something. I’ve found out that there are a lot more shades of gray in this world than I ever knew about. I’ve learned that sometimes, when you´re afraid but you keep on moving forward, that’s the biggest kind of courage there is. And finally, I’ve learned that life isn’t really about failure and success. It’s about being present, in the moment when big things happen, when everything changes, including myself.”(less)
This book is a huge mindfuck. I seriously had no idea what was going on and I still have a feeling I don’t get the ending. lt’s probably at bit too spiritual to me and it just didn’t make any sense. Which is a shame, because I enjoyed the writing-styles and the characters. Up to 71% I was thinking around a 4 star rating, but with that strange and unfinished ending, I’m not sure anymore. It’s more around 2-3 and I’ve a feeling this book could have been more than this. This is also a very difficult review to write, but I’ll do my best.
This book starts with an intense scene. You are immediately plunged into the story: a boy is drowning and he dies. But, he wakes up in the middle of the street. It’s an abandoned city and he soon finds out that he is back in England in the house he grew up in. When his life was happy; before the incident around his little brother.
The city is abandoned. There are no people, no animals and Seth finds himself alone and confused. He has the vague idea that he is in Hell and the whole situation is just so bizarre. Together with Seth, we have NO CLUE what is going on. During his search for answers, he teams up with two other kids who save him from a dangerous and mysterious man. This part gave me the creeps. Regine and Tomasz share their suspicion about this strange world with him and the whole idea is rather mind-blowing. I adore Tomasz and his brave, quirky actions.
What I also liked were the flashbacks to Seth’s past in the form of dreams. It was interesting to see piece by piece what happened and why he grew up to be such a troubled, sad boy. There were several times where I wanted to hug him and tell him everything was going to be all right. So when it comes to characters, Ness did a great job in painting them. They felt realistic and I was scared and anxious together with them. I was rooting for them and the mystery and weirdness was fascinating and annoying at the same time.
This book would have been so much better with a more conclusive ending. I just felt I missed something. Perhaps I just don’t get the whole meaning of this, but I wanted more answers. Better yet, I want to have one burning answer to a question I won’t tell, because it would spoil the whole book. I’d say, this is definitely something you have to see for yourself.(less)
Summary. Emma recently lost her boyfriend and true love, Daniel. She is overwhelmed by sadness and she...moreBroken "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.(less)
First I want to say: Don’t hit me Debby ;) I tried, but this book failed to impress me. I liked it, that’s for sure, but I wasn’t blown away. I honestly thought I’d like this book much more than I did.. I think it's because of my disconnection with the characters. If you are able to do that, I think you're up for a very good book!
We are immediately thrown into the story. Em and Flinn are locked away and are terrified for the person they call ‘Doctor.’ He wants to know the location of some documents, but they clearly aren’t willing to give it to him. When Em finds a paper, everything points out that they’ve escaped and tried to stop this from happening over and over again. This might be their last chance.
The story often switches back to the POV of Marina. I loved seeing these flashbacks, because it makes the story and everyone’s choices easier to understand. I admired the way Cristin used these two POV’s and how the stories entwined in the future. Em/Marina are so different and that shows her development in a fun way. The downside was that I absolutely didn't like Marina. I thought she was a bit shallow, whiny and naïve. Em and Flinn are adorable together. I loved their chemistry and it was fun to see how their relationship started in the flashbacks. I was rooting for them and that was an enjoyable aspect of this book. But, I didn't care for them as an individual. I couldn't fully connect with them.
I think another problem for me was the fact is that there weren't any surprising twists. This book could have used a shocking revelation. I must say that Cristin did a great job on the time-travel, but I have this annoying habit of overthinking. This makes time-travel always a strange thing I can’t understand, but her creation wasn't that hard.
This book does shine with it's ending. It was intense! Despite the fact that I didn't connect with Em & Flinn like I wanted, I was starting to fear for them. I like the complex villain and seeing how he changed into that person. It's strange how people we knew our whole life can change in an entirely different person.
There were more than enough good things and I’ll be reading part two for sure!(less)
In the beginning, I struggled with this book, but after a few chapters I was sucked into this story....moreThis 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.(less)
This book is so unsatisfying it makes me want to rip my hair out. It’s Rise all over again. What is up with all these horrible open endings? The first thing I thought, and I wrote this down on Goodreads: wait? What? Where the hell is the ending? :| Crap. That is still the best way to describe this book. Keep in mind that there are spoilers if you haven’t read the other two books.
The dual POV was nice. I liked seeing the way of life through the eyes of a cured one and Hanna wasn’t a bad character. I’m not sure if her POV was needed, but I certainly liked her more than Lena. We just don’t seem to click, but her annoyance was better to endure here.
If I had to summarize this book in a few words, it would be: Running, staying, flee, fighting, losing, crying, complaining and hormones. There is a lot of action in this book and it was fast-paced, but nothing spectacular actually happens. Most of the story is about Lena’s conflicted feelings between Alex/Julian and I just wanted her to make up her mind. It was obvious that she was using Julian as a replacement, because Alex turned her down. But after his whole ‘Oh look at me, I sacrificed myself like the Solomon story’ they finally come back together. Took you long enough! I didn’t care for both boys. I really liked Alex in Delirium, but I hardly know him here. He is on the background and we don’t get time to connect with him. Julian was okay, but not the right match for Lena.
Now, let me talk about that HORRIBLE ENDING. If you can call it that. I’d rather say the failed attempt to put some closure to the story. You can see that it didn’t work for me. It left a bad taste in my mouth. It’s almost like she ended this book with another cliff-hanger for the next one, but now you know there is nothing to wait for. This is what you get and I hated it. I can understand that it’s hard to write a good ending. Everyone is waiting for it and reads towards it, so I can see the pressure to deliver, but this is not how I like to see it and it pretty much spoiled the series.
It’s a shame, but I’m definitely going to read more books from Oliver. I believe she is a gifted author and I really liked her MG books Liesl & Po and The spindlers. I feel bad for disliking this series so much, but I guess we can’t all like the same.(less)
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for a review, so here it is. I was very glad with this opportunity, so thank you, Christine! If I...moreThe author provided a copy of this book in exchange for a review, so here it is. I was very glad with this opportunity, so thank you, Christine! If I make mistakes, please try to forgive me. English is not my birth language.
There are little spoilers!
I've never read a christian fantasy story before and most of the time I enjoyed it. The only think I really disliked was the way Chrystine handled her father. I just couldn't understand why she forgave him like that and why she still loved him so much. But hey, that's because I'm not a forgiving person and I just can't believe that God can love a person who hurts other people..
Alright, that's just a little thing. The way the book starts; fantastic. It made me very excited and anxious about the rest of the book. I like the fact that she's an elf, because they are one of my favorite magical creatures. She has the gift of healing (but it takes a lot of practise) and she's very special. Instead of a green tumb and toe, hers are gold.
One thing I found very special about this book is that there is this special college. There are magical ánd non-magical students. Every magical person must attend only magical lessons until they've mastered their gift. Chrystine is allowed to follow non-magical lessons.
And it's nice to see that this is a real love story. Not like; girl meets boy and BOOM, they are in love. This love is developing itself through the story. After years she's falling in love with Aaryn and she has accepted the fact that he doesn't like her that way. (But later on you notice that he lied about that, just to protect her.)
Aaryn is very strong and has sensitive ears and eyes. He has a temper and when he gets wet, his skin turns a brillian shade of green (very funny detail). Chrystine thinks that he's some special elf, but then he tells her his real story; he's a very old vampire. And I mean, véry old. (I laughed when Chrystine thought about Twilight when Aaryn told her that he's a vampire. I just read Twilight, so it was fun to hear that title :p) He also tells her that he belongs to the good vampire. He is immune to blood and he lives on an elixer of minerals an herbs (very creative!) Good vampires protect the people by killing the bad vampires and they are searching for the 'good healer.' He thinks that it's Chrystine, because she has the golden toe and dumb. She is the one to defeat the evil sorceress. The dark enchantress has created the vampires and she wants to take over all the worlds. She still exists, but she's waiting to gain enough power to destroy everything. She must be defeated before she can complete her evil plan.
They leave 'this' world with Lund - a teacher - to go after the evil sorceress. (I like the way they travel; with a necklace through a portal into another world) They defeat the evil sorceress and they live happily ever after :D. I love that Chrystine and Aaryn come together.
I've read this book in a few hours, because it read so fast and I wanted to know more about Aaryn's story. I really like Chrystine and Aaryn. They are fun and nice. The only thing I didn't like was the ending of the sorceress. It started like there was going to be a fight or something like that, but instead, Chrystine suddenly knows the spell and then it's over. It was a bit of an anti-climax.
I would definately read more books from this author :).(less)
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. (less)
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.(less)
Garet James is twenty-six and lives with her father Roman. He has some debts and she is trying hard to help him. She makes jewellery and one day, she stumbles into a strange shop. John Dee knows about her and he asks her to help him to open a silver box. He will give her a nice sum of money. Garet is intrigued by the symbol of a swan; it resembles the swan from her ring. She feels like it means something, but strange things happen when she opens the box. That evening, the box is stolen and her father is shot.
That’s how Will Hughes comes into her life and he isn’t just some person. His past is entangled with Garet’s past. He opens a whole new world for her and Garet finds out that she has an important role. Her mother was one of the Watchers and it’s Garet’s job to find John Dee. He is planning to destroy the world with the box; he is now able to call out the demons of Despair and Discord. Together with the attractive Will and famous Oberon, she is trying to track down John Dee’s hiding place before it is too late.
I liked Garet. Her life is turned upside down, but she doesn’t whine about it. She takes things as they are and she is pretty kick-ass. There is something special running through her veins and she learns some great tricks by visiting legends, like Melusine. It was fun to see how some of these mythical creatures are supposed to be entwined with our lives. I loved their background stories. The other characters play a small role and I didn’t really connect with them, but I appreciated their input in Garet’s life.
The world-building is good. We slowly unravel the situation and there was enough information to understand what is going on, without getting boring. There is a constant pace that worked very well with the story and the writing-style was fine.
The thing that bothered me is a minor spoiler so you will have to see for yourself, but it has to do with the developing feelings between Garet and Will. It went a bit too fast for my taste, despite the explanation about their special bond. Also the fact that Garet is willing to do something for him while she doesn’t know him so long, was strange in my eyes. I guess I just didn’t see the sparks between them, but I hope that it will develop in the sequel - a book I will definitely read, because I want to see how this is going to continue. (less)