Finally! A truly sensible heroine that is content with what she has, doesn't take crap from anyone (in a mature and realistic way), and knows how to sFinally! A truly sensible heroine that is content with what she has, doesn't take crap from anyone (in a mature and realistic way), and knows how to separate reasons of the heart and mind. A fun, fast plot with a slow-burn romance.
Oh. Ok. Wow there is much to think about, peoples. WW wouldn't be my first pick in this series, but that level of plot twists was just whamming into mOh. Ok. Wow there is much to think about, peoples. WW wouldn't be my first pick in this series, but that level of plot twists was just whamming into me. CONSTANTLY. SO CRAY. Definitely an award just for that plot planning. However that said, there was less action, more should-I-should-I-nots with the romance (which I get, and I admire Vhalla her strong stance. But forgive me when I say I'm a little jaded with her constant heartache), and I was pretty detached to the story the entire time. It might've been the book, or just time away from the series (due to the wait for WW's release), but this definitely removed the crazy passionate enjoyment I got from WW's predecessors.
I won't rate it (yet), cause my emotions are in a fair bit of tangle. To love or not to, psh. Kova was brutal in this one. Still reeling from so much loss. SO. MUCH.
So WW starts with Vhalla at the Crossroads after running from Aldrik at the camp up North. She's looking into information with regards to the Knights of Jadar who she has heard so much about and have tried to kill her before. But it isn't long that she has to return to the capital. She has some happy and tearful reunions, and some that are less than cheerful, but the homecoming after the war heralded the start of a new fight for Vhalla, as some power hungry fools are still clamoring for the reopening of the Crystal Caverns. It's every person for their own, and any friend can turn foe at any moment.
UTTERLY PERFECT and that cliffhanger of an ending didn't even faze me cause I have Earth's End in hand. Take that, Book Gods, buahahaha!
That slow burnUTTERLY PERFECT and that cliffhanger of an ending didn't even faze me cause I have Earth's End in hand. Take that, Book Gods, buahahaha!
That slow burn of a romance is making me squirm and combust at the same time and it is an utterly delicious feeling to be had. Elise Kova took our elemental power couple across quite a bit of a journey and the world that expands beyond the borders of Solaris is, though quite cliche, still interesting and captivating.
I'll admit that the plot slowed sometimes suspiciously just for the romance to develop, but the way Kova expertly handled those in between "filler" scenes was so brilliant that I'm not complaining. I'm practically thirsting for more of Valdrik moments... I'll never grow tired of 'em. <3
Vhalla is growing into her own powers and confidence, which gave her more scenes to prove her worth and intelligence as a leader amongst the soldiers. She's maturing at such a fast rate it's almost unbelievable in retrospect. However, Kova wrote it so expertly I hardly noticed actually, until a certain Crossroads scene where her boldness made me take a step back to admire where Kova has been subtly leading Vhalla (and us). We also see more glimpses of the man behind the icy Fire Lord (what a complicated, ironic man <3), insecurities, dark past and all. Daniel and the rest of the secondary cast were still pretty 2D, with almost zero-to-none backstories and motivations behind most of their actions, so they just came off as shallowly quirky in their own ways. It may be because Kova wanted to keep the plot tight and quick, but a little backstory can't hurt, right? Cause I refuse to believe someone can be as annoyingly selfless as Daniel and Larel are after a few meetings and conversation, and Vhalla wasn't even nice for most of their initial ones.
I loved Kova's style of describing the fight scenes - so vivid and exhilerating! They flowed well, and...(view spoiler)[THAT SAND STORM SCENE!! And the part after where Aldrik kneels down by her bedside... I've reread that scene twice now, and I'll definitely read it again. Among others. (hide spoiler)] And, she isn't one to spare her characters from harm. *flailsob*
But that makes the story all the more visceral and exciting, and I cannot even begin to describe how much I'm loving Kova right now for writing this series. It's been one of the most gripping, one/two-sitting books I've read in a long, long while.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The first three quarters was terribly boring and slow, but the back quarter was a SOLID 5/5 SMOLDERING WHIRLWINDY STARS. The pace picked up out of nowThe first three quarters was terribly boring and slow, but the back quarter was a SOLID 5/5 SMOLDERING WHIRLWINDY STARS. The pace picked up out of nowhere in an explosion --literally-- and Vhalla became all badass and Aldrick became the drop dead Fire Lord lover boy that the hype has promised.
Air Awakens wasn't perfect. The writing style, IMO and please forgive my uppity phrasing, amateurish. But for a debut, it's a pretty darn good one, and one that's going to live on my favorites shelf with a place of honor forever.
I feel inclined to say that the world-building was not in-depth, understandably because Vhalla is a library apprentice in a medieval-ish sort of world, so not much exploring or travelling to be had for us vicarious readers. The prince's actions were also too irrational/rash/unplanned to be believed, even if this is a YA novel. Also, Vhalla's initial refusal to accept sorcerers - and any association to do with them - was borderline annoying and extreme, given that she's not originally from and raised in the magic-fearing South/West. This slowed down the plot considerably, seeing as the plot couldn't move on without her acceptance, and this was probably at the 85% mark.
The side characters - Prince Baldair, Minister Victor, Larel, Fritz, Sareem, etc - were all pretty 2D, and I'm not certain what to make of them most of the time. Some I understand was to keep the air of mystery and tension in the story, for us to guess who's the one with bad intentions (yes, I'm talking about a certain minister), but the rest I felt could've been more fleshed out.
I'm such a ball of negativity you must be wondering if I had a brain fart when I rated this book. But no, it wasn't a spasm. I'm not really sure if it's my bias towards elemental books and how short in supply we are with them (or good ones at least. Yes I have read Brigid Kemmerer and the Ondine series and a whole slew of others, but didn't particularly enjoy any), but I managed to stay through the first bit. Then the explosion happened. And everything fell into chaos and the world was right again. Muahaha!! And whaddya know, Kova can write action scenes worth her salt. Anyhow, it was all worth it and I'm off to read Fire Falling even though my college mid terms are tomorrow. #lifegoals
[This scene takes place as Aldrik leads Vhalla onto a rooftop. If I remember correctly, this is the first time they've met officially.]
Perhaps it was her enchantment with the wonder surrounding her. Or perhaps it had been the wind filling her ears. Whichever, it masked his last footsteps. The prince placed his hands lightly upon her shoulders.
"Trust me," he demanded, his lips barely brushed over her ear.
Vhalla did not even have a moment to turn her head before he pushed her effortlessly into the empty air beyond.
Absolutely breathtaking. Tho the final battle and ending was a bit confusing... (view spoiler)[I seriously don't get why Aldrik and Vhalla would startAbsolutely breathtaking. Tho the final battle and ending was a bit confusing... (view spoiler)[I seriously don't get why Aldrik and Vhalla would start shouting hurtful stuff at each other. They knew the king forced Aldrik's hand, so Vhalla had no reason to be angry at Aldrik. And Aldrik no reason to make Vhalla hate him. I know the reason Kova is using but I think it's a pretty weak one TBH. Eh. (hide spoiler)]
Still one of my favorite series of ever. So YAY WW IS OUT.["br"]>["br"]>...more
The cover doesn't do this book any justice! In fact, I don't think anything will! I think this will probably be one of my 2013 favourite among my favoThe cover doesn't do this book any justice! In fact, I don't think anything will! I think this will probably be one of my 2013 favourite among my favourites!! For a book with so little romance... I think I love this book more than many other romance novels out there. For a romance junky like me that didn't create a romance tag because I'll just tag every book I read... Wow. WRITTEN IN RED is da bomb. Anne Bishop is DA BOMB.
**spoiler alert** This fourth instalment didn't quite make the cut for me. It basically revolved around 3 main focal points - Rose going to Russia to**spoiler alert** This fourth instalment didn't quite make the cut for me. It basically revolved around 3 main focal points - Rose going to Russia to find her newly-dead-undead-Strigoi lover, one sexy Dmitri Belikov, meeting him and being his captive, then escaping and returning to her best friend, Vasilissa Dragomir, at the St. Vladimir's Academy.
It wasn't so much of her going to Russia because the story started out with her already being there for a few days, going to places that Moroi and dhamphirs will go to where she tries to find out the location of Dmitri's hometown, Omsk, Siberia (or something). She has this hunch that tells her she'll find Dmitri at his old home. There, she meets an assortment of people - Dmitri's simple, loving family, including his eccentric, all-too-knowing, future-dreaming grandma (who was unexpectedly endearing), and Abe, a Moroi mobster leader.
To me, it was rather dull and uneventful for the most part of the book. The only kick I got out of the entire 503 pages was the ending where Rose got into this epic showdown with Dmitri. That one was SWEETE action! It didn't happen at just one scene. There was the initial attack, then the chase and another fight, and in between those were the heartbreaking dialogues that they had. Even though Rose was being the usual mean, haughty, arrogant bitch to Adrian throughout the book whenever he visited her in her dreams - after which, I feel obliged to add, she so lowly used her non-existent feminine charms to extort money from him to fund her mini escapade into the land of the mafias - my heart really went out to her at the end. It was heartwrenching, to say the least, to look at how far gone Dmitri was. How cold, calculating and menacing he became.
There was this scene where after everything Adrian's done to Rose, she still called him "silly, shallow, party-boy Adrian" and I just about exploded. Seriously? I mean, seriously?? He's done all he can to help her and that's all she has to say? And it's not like she doesn't know why he partakes in such vices! His reasons are as legitimate as they come! IMO, that is. And only after Adrian started showing some interests in this new girl at campus (through Lissa's eyes as Rose is AWOL in mafia land) that she started to realise just how much she's come to like him. Talk about missing something when it's gone...
I have rooted for Dmitri all this while, and while I do still support him as love interest, being a cold, dead being would sort of debilitate that passion, y'get what I mean? I do like Adrian, and the more he gets the spotlight, the more depth you see in him, the more I think I'm swaying over to Team Adrian. Furthermore, he isn't without his charms, too. So, yeah, hard as it seems, I think I'm swaying over to Team Adrian. I'm still clear on Team Dimka, just not so far into that territory anymore. ;P
I felt that Mead dragged this one out too much this time, and I was wishing quite fervently for the end to come. Really, I think the first three-quarters or thereabout was spent dedicated to Rose's agonizingly slow search for Dmitri; A.k.a? This book didn't warrant a whopping 503 pages. Not to say that Blood Promise wasn't good, it just wasn't as gripping a novel as its 3 predecessors. I'm still very interested in finding out what happens next though, so yes, I'm still quite mad about this series, but hoping that the pace will increase in the final two novels of this oddly addictive YA vamp romance series!...more
*3.5 stars* Frostbite didn't fail to deliver! Vampire Academy was quite a good start to a series, and Frostbite had the same amount of danger and acti*3.5 stars* Frostbite didn't fail to deliver! Vampire Academy was quite a good start to a series, and Frostbite had the same amount of danger and action that VA had, more intense emotions, heartbreaks and heartaches, more secondary characters and love rivals and interests come into play! I won't peg this as one of my favourite series, but there's just this something that makes it so addictive. I'm literally gobbling this series up one book per day! Which is seriously jeopardizing my exams tomorrow, but that's just it! It's too, goddamned addictive. (Sorry for the language.)
Might be Dmitri, might be the new hot guy in town, Adrian, might be how Rose knows how to kick some serious ass, might be how Rose's mom is THE coolest female dhamphir guardian in this era and she's now in the picture, might be...... As you can see, this book is packed with SO MANY awesome factors, so yes, it was a thrilling and gripping novel. In this cliched, vampire-novel kind of way. You might think this is a good thing, or bad, depends on how you see it. But now, there's no time to lose; I'm off to reading the next book, Shadow Kiss! ;)
P.S. For those who read my reviews regularly, I'm not going to be writing any full length reviews for quite some time cause Junior College life in Singapore is hardcore to the max. No time to do anything but MUG. Means studying and cramming over here, by the way....more
This series just keeps getting better and better! Shadow Kiss started off with a BAM, literally, and it only gets dull once in awhile. But most of theThis series just keeps getting better and better! Shadow Kiss started off with a BAM, literally, and it only gets dull once in awhile. But most of the time, it's action after mystery after thrilling romance after action. Rose is facing more problems with her bond with Lissa, more problems then she'd at first anticipated, and her relationship with Dmitri isn't getting any better. With Adrian thrown into the mix and a ghost Mason appearing, distracting her during her field experience where she and the other dhamphir novices are assigned a Moroi to protect and their teacher guardians will act as Strigoi, attack them and grade them according to their responses for six months? Ross's life at St. Vladimir's Academy isn't what she'd call smooth.
Outside of the Academy, things are stirring awake, and the Strigoi are banding together. This has never happened before, and their planning something big this time. Something that may change the Moroi world forever. And zooming in closer to home, something that may alter Rose's world forever. Can Rose and Dmitri survive the onslaught of problems being thrown at them? Can they survive the looming Strigoi army that is banding together?
You know, usually in this type of cases, the answer will be yes, they will be able to survive. But this is where Shadow Kiss is different. I'm just going to be upfront with all this and say that no, they didn't. Not totally unscathed at least. I wasn't caught totally off-guard though, since I'm a spoiler fan (don't flame me. It's just who I am. :P) and ran off to read spoiler reviews before I even started on the book, but still.
As per VA and Frostbite, the side characters, mainly Eddie, Alberta, and Rose's other friends (and enemies), took on more proactive roles this time; Eddie especially. He was loyal, dedicated, and he matured into such a badass guardian! But when Lissa asked if he would like to date Rose, he actually blushed a little shyly and said no. It was mainly because Mason, Eddie's best friend who had a major crush on Rose and the one who died only recently because of their little misadventure and run-in with some Strigoi, was Rose's boyfriend.
If there wasn't a continuation, I would've been flaming this book and giving it an altogether different kind of rating, but seeing as it isn't, well, I'm going off to read some spoiler reviews for Blood Promise and reading it soon. But before that, I'd like to point out one really promising thing about Mead: Mead doesn't employ cliffhangers in her novels. Not a major one, at least. She does tie things up nicely, but there's just this one small tidbit that keeps you clinging on to this series desperately, like an addict (I think it's safe to say that I am currently addicted to VA), just wanting a little more of VA, inside anxious to find out what's going to happen next. I think that some authors end their novels with cliffhangers is to ensure that their readers will continue patronising the series most of the time. It's frustrating and unnecessary. I mean, why the insecurity? That's why I liked Shadow Kiss. The end is where Rose is all set to leave the Academy for good cause it's her eighteenth bithday. But as I've said, it's won't be a happy eighteenth birthday. It's such a tease! But it doesn't frustrate because it's not really a cliffhanger!
A great read! The stakes just keeps rising and you're going to want to have book 4, Blood Promise, on hand before you read Shadow Kiss!
P.S. I kept thinking about what the Moroi Queen, Tatiana, told Rose at the end of Frostbite, and the more I think about it, the more angry I get for Rose! Tatiana's CRAZY! Haha, ok, end of random rant....more
FIRE BAPTIZED was an unexpectedly captivating novel! I haven't been enjoying the books that are provided forOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
FIRE BAPTIZED was an unexpectedly captivating novel! I haven't been enjoying the books that are provided for the blog tours that I've signed up for for the past few months, so I wasn't expecting much from FB initially and was even a little prejudiced toward it at the start, somehow convincing myself at page 2 that I will not like the book. But imagine my shock when, as I continued flipping its pages, the flippin' got faster and faster, and I just had to finish it in one sitting (I did it in two, actually, because I still need my beauty sleeps at night:P).
Lanore Simone Vesta is a Mixie, a mixbreed with both Fairy and Demon blood within her, who can create and manipulate fire with any part of her body. She lives with a childhood friend and past lover, MeShack. He happens to also be a Were-leopard. A really protective, possessive, and ultra hot one.
Lanore is part of the Mixbreeds For Equality (MFE), a revolutionary group that aims to fight for the rights of Mixies who are looked down upon by both the Humans and Supernaturals (Supes) which is headed by Zulu, Lanore's current lover and an alpha-male Mixie who has the connections and wealth.
The Supernaturals and Mixbreeds live in the Habitat, where there is a boundary that they cannot cross. It's not a bad world, with proper schools, universities, clubs and such, but when Lanore stumbles upon a live murder scene one day, she becomes a target of a serial killer with a fetish for draping the crime scene with the victim's decorated body parts. But what if the serial killer isn't just dismembering random passers-by? What if, there was a pattern and a purpose to all these killings?
Not only must Lanore solve these issues and handle MFE matters, she must also deal with the emotional confusion that is Zulu and MeShack, two very hot-headed and sexy half-Shifters...
I was honestly hooked to FB while I was reading it, and felt so sorry when the epilogue came up. I even chanced reading it in class! There was that steamy hot love triangle that I was seriously not expecting, and a complicated murder case that was mind-blowing. The suspense was intense, and the plot scared me a little for awhile, and I LOVED it.
Lanore's a very cool heroine. She's just the right amount of kickass and feminine; She sticks up for herself, fights her own battles, but when things got real bad and horrific, she did lose it for awhile, and had to be taken care of by the boys, but that all just made her seem all the more real and....well, cool! MeShack and Zulu too. I thought that their names were so odd when I first read about them, but it didn't matter anymore as I got to know them. They. Were. HOT. Haha, and so protective, possessive, romantic, cheeky, hot-tempered, testosterone-y, and sexy.
I liked Kenya's writing style too - the plot flowed smoothly and the scenes were illustrated vividly. The murder scenes were portrayed in all their gory detail which did gross me out quite badly, and it truly seemed like a horror story at one point. But that just goes to show how truly well FB was planned and written. Lanore was becoming obsessed with finding the murderer as it was becoming clear that she was going to be one of the next victims, and I was as confused as she was while she was still trying to solve the case. But when the big revelation came, you would go, "Why didn't I make the connection?!" It was so shocking, and I couldn't, for the life of me, have guessed who the bigass mastermind was! That part was fantastically well done.
I'd recommend FIRE BAPTIZED to fans of Paranormal Romance and Mystery/Thrillers. I'm so glad I took this tour up, and I'm anxiously awaiting for book 2, THE BURNING BUSH....more
Not bad! There was plenty of obstacles and trials for our two heroines, both in the form of mortal peril and high-school drama. However, one thing thaNot bad! There was plenty of obstacles and trials for our two heroines, both in the form of mortal peril and high-school drama. However, one thing that derailed me from giving VA a higher rating is the heroine's, Rose's, for lack of a better word, bitchy attitude! She flirts and makes out with guys just for the fun of it, and she's too into revenges for her own good. But she did mature as the story progressed, and what she did for her friends, Lissa and Christian, at the end was really respectable.
Strangely addictive and exciting, though a little cliched! It has a certain similarity to Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The same running away and after that being hunted down and brought back to a school by a hot love interest, then being forced to be trained by said love interest because of how much schooling and training having missed and then having a final epic showdown....more
Imagine being avulsed from life as you know it, then witnessing your only surviving kin die before your eyes, being chased by blood-sucking fiends, beImagine being avulsed from life as you know it, then witnessing your only surviving kin die before your eyes, being chased by blood-sucking fiends, being pulled back to your previous life but are going to be forced into a lifetime of servitude, then falling for the one guy that when people finds out, will sign your death slip, then finding out your kin is actually not dead and has turned into a monster and she is currently out for your blood, and then told you're actually not only who you actually thought you were, you're actually something else too?
Sucks, right? But that's basically the everyday life of Alexandria "Alex" Andros, the tragic heroine Armentrout saw fit to torture... LOL, nah, kidding. Even tho her life sucked balls big time, Alex was a tough-assed, witty-tongued, snarky-sassy attitude heroine who dealt with everything head-on. She was definitely a pleasure to read.
I thought that the story was super fast-paced, Alex was always either up to some mischief, or trouble comes stalking and biting her in the ass. So much action and suspense, and the steamy hot romance between her and Aiden! Something's always happening, be it a good hot making out session, fending off daimons for their lives, daimons infiltrating the Covenant, those L.O.L witty banters and arguments between Alex and the world, there's just no time to do anything than to flip those crazy pages.
Now on to that endearing male heroine of ours, shall we? Aiden St. Delphi. Storm grey eyes that can turn silver when experiencing any strong emotions, which most of the time has Alex in the picture. Intense gaze. Fights like a god. Moves like those Twilight vamps. Reclusive and brooding. The triple P's - passionate, protective and possessive when it comes to Alex. And what does that scream? PERFECT HERO MATERIAL!
The side characters were very supportive. Caleb, being the brother that she never had, was very protective and understanding of Alex, always there to lend a hand or a shoulder or an ear when she can no longer bottle everything up in her heart; Lea, the typical archnemesis, was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous and very bitchy; Marcus, Alex's uncle, and Daecon actually grew on me as the story progressed; Seth...This one's dangerous (even the pures are terrified of him, that kind of dangerous) and a potential love interest..Hehe, can't wait to read more on that in the next book, PURE!
I am very sorry to say that I was a tad bit disappointed with CotM. I was all hyped up about it when I read the first 6 chapters of it on Inkpop (preordered it and all), and...I got this.
The summary's pretty typical actually. Meghan moved to Ireland, saw the local hottie, Adam, fell in love with said hottie, hottie fell in love with Meghan, Meghan finds out that she's special, they find out they're not meant to be together, bad guys come into the fray, cause some trouble, Meghan does something phenomenal and scarily powerful, saves the day... And voila! You get yourself a cliched Young Adult novel, and in this case, CARRIER OF THE MARK.
Even tho Fallon did make an effort to drag out the sexual tension (ok, this is more of an adult romance term, but it fits the context, so...) for about 7 chapters, I still felt that their relationship progressed a little too fast. Know why? Cause in the hour that their overwhelming supernaturally-induced attraction took the better of them and they actually introduce themselves properly to each other, they started snogging. I'm not kidding. They snogged under some tree. Ugh. That just screams adolescent infatuation. So no, I didn't buy it.
Y'know how the fire element guy's always the one who's fiery-tempered (no pun intended) and out of control? Rian, fire element guy, was just that. Fiery-tempered (again, no pun intended). So when Adam&Co. told Meghan that Rian's going to be the one who's going to teach her control, I was like, "What in the name of...". Then they go on to explain that Rian's gone thru the most control training so far. But well, you can't really fault me for thinking that after Rian flared up more than since Meghan turned up. So I have got to ask this, "How's the control training coming on? What's your training like? Once every decade?"
Meghan's dad kinda disappeared after he was introduced to Adam and gotten his spotlight moments. And Fallon used the convenient excuse of him having met another woman and was busy hooking up and dating. RIIIIGHT, like my dad will abandon me once he found a new girl. That's just wrong, man, on so many levels. You don't just slink out of your kid's life.
The plot was good, actually. Very exciting and there was always something new. I loved the action scene at the end where Meghan got the chance to really kick some ass. She is a goddamn powerful air bender (lol, Avatar-style), and she definitely showed off some cool moves in front of the baddies.
I thought that the first 7 chapters were top class, but it plummeted the moment they snogged under that tree. So when you reach the part where they snog, you can skip reading the middle portion till the final battle. Doesn't make much of a difference anyway since it's just harping on the protagonist couple sucking face and proclaiming their love for each other. But there were some swoon-worthy parts.
Example: I fluttered my hands to my chest. “Well, Rían is devastatingly handsome, with that whole smoldering, brooding-eyes thing he’s got going on. Maybe I picked the wrong brother.”
He grabbed me and pushed me up against a tree. “Oh, I have ways of convincing you that you chose right.” He kissed me with such passion it left me breathless. I felt my legs starting to give way under me.
“Yeah, that could do it.”
WOAH. But it kinda also emphasizes my point on the whole sucking face thing they had going on. So.... Yep. I've made my stand - Ultimately very lukewarm. But I would continue reading the sequel. What can I say? I'm a curious girl.;)...more