This is the first I've heard of the chilling Donner's Party incident (yes, I am ignorant blah so sue me, but hey, I'm honest), but I'mQuickie Review
This is the first I've heard of the chilling Donner's Party incident (yes, I am ignorant blah so sue me, but hey, I'm honest), but I'm going to hazard a guess and say DONNERS OF THE DEAD is a darn good rendition of the true event.
This is also my first Karina Halle book and damn, this lady can write horror! There was this one part near the end that made me dizzy with y'know, fear and suspense and anticipation I literally had to stop reading for a minute to calm my tits. Seriously. Scary shit. (view spoiler)[I'm talking about that part where the trees were scratching the hut Eve and Jake hid in, all on their lonesome. (hide spoiler)]
The romance was a toe-curling, sweet thang that grows on you and warms your heart. This chemistry between Eve and Jake blossomed amidst terrible circumstances, but they become each other's pillar of support both emotionally and physically in their battles. It wasn't combustible, but it was as good.
I loved the ending and I loved the speculation on the journey the Donners and their party had to travel and the cause of the zombiefication (though it's just a tad unrealistic).
DONNERS OF THE DEAD is a quick, exhilarating read that I'd recommend to friends just getting into the horror/romance genre!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Even though this is a retelling of Shakespeare and we all know how he loved his tragedies....but I hope, hope, HOPE this will have a HEA. What can IEven though this is a retelling of Shakespeare and we all know how he loved his tragedies....but I hope, hope, HOPE this will have a HEA. What can I say, man, I'm a hopeless romantic. ;)...more
But I'm glad I waited for some time before starting on LT so my wait for Untitled (Scarlet #3)FUUUUCK that was good.
And now I have to wait...again...
But I'm glad I waited for some time before starting on LT so my wait for Untitled (Scarlet #3) is shorter.
LADY THIEF was so much darker than SCARLET, mainly cause Gaughen isn't afraid to cause our characters irrevocable pain and harm, no matter how central they are to the story. She is one cruel woman, but irrefutably a talented author. There were SO MANY secrets revealed and layers added to the story - the politics, the new cast of characters - that made LT such an addictive, thrilling, heartbreaking and ultimately unforgettable read.
A superb sequel to a stunning debut novel!
Full review to come.
Pre-Reading Thoughts: HOLY MOLEY, SCARLET HAS A SEQUEL!!!! I thought I saw somewhere that the author will not be continuing this series and is instead working on another significant historical female figure but AM I GLAD THAT SCARLET #2 IS ON IT'S MAGNIFICENT WAY!! Yayayayay, this just made my rather dreary day a happy happy bookish day. Hehe. I will fight hand and teeth for an ARC of this beauty when it's out. Count on it.
P.S. Very coincidentally, I was actually searching up books that were similar to Scarlet a few days ago cause apparently I am currently in my YA-Fantasy/Historical-Kickbutt-Heroine phase, and someone up there must've heard my plea. :D...more
DELUGE has got to be one of the best conclusions I've read in awhile. IMO, Bergren did hold back some on the brutality of the Black Plague, not on theDELUGE has got to be one of the best conclusions I've read in awhile. IMO, Bergren did hold back some on the brutality of the Black Plague, not on the people of Siena and Firenze, but how it was for the people of Castello Forelli. There were death(s), that's a given, but...definitely too little with the amount of exposure they were forced to have.
But that was the only fault I could find. DELUGE was definitely plot-driven. The years of preparation before the plague, as Gabi and her family tried to isolate themselves and stock up on medicines, but somehow are forced to leave their corner of Siena; then came the years when the plague swept in and claimed one third of Italy. Bergren has this way of words that is really captivating and addictive. It elicits all kinds of feels in me - the overwhelming joy (I'm not even kidding at the overwhelming) when Gabi gave birth, the terrible numbness as the plague started claiming people around Gabi and Lia, and the tears when family was taken (she really dragged this one out. Made me cry, legitly), and the beautiful, beautiful ending that I don't think I'll be forgetting anytime soon.
It's really bittersweet whenever a series comes to and end, and I hope Lisa will consider making a novella about how Gabi/Marcello and Lia/Luca are doing!! Sigh...guess I'll just have to settle with rereading the entire series again (which is still awesome every time I reread.
There are no other book quite like The River of Time series (olden Italy, time travel and romance?!), the only one that comes to mind is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and that's amazing in a whole different way, but if you like YA romances and (believable) kickass protagonists, then why not try this series? :)
Pre-read Feels Is. That. Gabi's. BABY?????! HOLY COW!! Haha, so excited for this last instalment....more