**spoiler alert** Arrhhh! Disappointing ending!! Just when the book gotinteresting, it ended. Seriously? Come on, man.
Ok..After many months of waiting**spoiler alert** Arrhhh! Disappointing ending!! Just when the book gotinteresting, it ended. Seriously? Come on, man.
Ok..After many months of waiting, here's what we've got: Laurel and David are back in high school and it's their senior year. Both of them are happily making out before the bell rang for classes on day when Tam shows up as an exchange student(a Scottish one at that. haha). David, obviously,was really angry and jealous everytime Tam talks to Laurel while Laurel has mixed feelings-mostly happy, worried, and awkward. Things were peaceful until Klea, the self-proclaimed troll hunter, shows up at Laurel's house with a wid faerie in tow, and asked her to take care of Yuki, the wild faerie and also exchange student recently enrolled at Cescent High at the same time as Tamani. Laurel and Tam were suspiscious of her and so decided to befriend her to dig up some inside scoop or info. Yuki is wary of everyone, especially Laurel since she keeps trying to talk to her. And since Laurel fails time and time again to get into Yuki's good books, Tam steps up to seduce her..kinda(this is what the excerpt in Aprilynne's blog was about..if you are still feeling depressed over it)..Yuki starts falling for Tam but Tam still likes Laurel and Laurel is still confused about whether she likes David or Tam or both..Yadda yadda. Oh then here's where it got better since i'm kinda with Team Tam:D. Laurel broke up with David. In front of the school. Cool. A wee bit drama mama, but still cool. So Laurel's tending towards Tam now, but not all the way,yet. ok,romance part aside, since Tam and Laurel's suspiscious bout the new girl, they consulted Jamison in Avalon(that was the only time Laurel went back to Avalon...sad, right?:( ) and so the main plot of the whole book just Laurel trying to figure out whether Yuki is with the good guys or the bad guys, and what caste/season faerie she is. The ending was when they just figured out what caste/season faerie Yuki was, and i tell you it was a hell of a shock. Like seriously, the bomb dropped from nowhere; read it, and get a kick in the ass. I'm not even gonna spoiler it even tho that's one of my hobbies..haha. It's really cool how i didn't see that coming.
As i've said, i am still quite disappointed with the ending. It seemed like the book was getting too thick so the author decided to just bookmark it and say," ok let's just split it up here since it's convenient and it creates some suspense for the readers". Y'know, i don't really mind cliffhangers like the one in Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire of the Hunger Games series, but this one is just plain annoying and i don't think the suspenseful part overrules the irritation. I was reading happily, interest piqueing because honestly, the front part of the book was boring i even stopped reading it for a few days but the pace picked up and i found myself enjoying this series again. But so as i was reading it happily and secretively in math class, it just ended. I was like," that's it? What kind of a non-ending is this?" Something like Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series, if you've read it. But when i was around three quarters into the book, it got really exciting and i found i was really reluctant to put the book down and tear my gaze away from the pages. And i stress the word TEAR. There was some action(even for David and Chelsea), some uncertainties and suddenly 'BAM!' The answer to it all(well, almost all) just slams into your face and then...The end. Hope you enjoyed the book!-.- And it was getting so nice!TT sigh..another few months to wait...AGAIN..TT
This sequel focused more on the romance part, since Laurel can finally take a REALLY short break now after Barnes(the main bad troll)is dead. But soon Tam and Aaron(another of Laurel's sentries. She has alot of them btw..around 200 when the book ended) came across 2 and soon more trolls started appearing. It was really sad and miserable for Tam at the start since all Laurel do was hug David,kiss David(definitely alot of kissing. Actually not alot, but over excessive kissing), study with David, share secrets with David, oh and did i mention kiss David? And kiss David, so yeah, it was bad for Tam. But after Laurel broke up with David after him and Tam got all possessed by the testosterone disease, Tam started to really woo Laurel in earnest; And i've got to say this, Tam really knows how to be sweet and romantic when he wants to be. He left Laurel a rose after he left her house just before dawn, watching her sleep.
Laurel was cool-her Mixing(or Fall faerie's) ability have started to really come back to her, and she's starting to do some real advanced stuff. She is mature at some points...But i reall couldn't stand her when she asked David to the Winter Formal Dance AFTER she broke up with him and made out with Tam(rather passionately, if i may) several times and breaking both Tam's and David's hearts..again...Pissing~ But she's cool. I don't know why, but i do like her:).
Tam got quite a bit of the limelight here as Pike shifted from Laurel's POV to his, and at times, David's. It was good so i didn't get all tensed and worried when he started flirting and cozing up to Yuki and not treat Laurel like he used to. But when it shifted to his POV then oh, all the uncertainties were resolved:). He does love her alot(i mean Laurel,of course). And i really like those times when he got really protective and at times when he couldn't summon up some werll-needed confidence and really go after Laurel and truly express himself...physically...haha sounds wrong.
It was funny at parts and i was smiling away during Math and English class...which was weird..haha.
I would definitely read the next book cause i'm anxious to see how all this shit problems end and who Laurel ends up with, and where she decides to belong-Avalon or Earth(or do we call it the human dimension? Or the likes). Well. not bad, but it was ultimately the ending which made me rate this book only 3....more
First of all, i have to say...Wow!...wow, an absolutely stunning debut novel. Seriously, the plot was well-developed, captivating, and...magical; TheFirst of all, i have to say...Wow!...wow, an absolutely stunning debut novel. Seriously, the plot was well-developed, captivating, and...magical; The adventures were suspenseful and action-packed, the pace set was fast at some, but it slows down at the more romantic scenes-not slow slow, but comfortable slow, VERY satisfatory slow, if you get what i mean:). The ending was perfectly sweet and really, really romantic, and i liked it a lot.
It started off with Pia running away from Dragos after stealing from his secret hoard. And as we all know, dragons like to keep mountains of jewels and whatnot and are extremely possessive of their possessions. She tried to run, and as the cliche saying goes, but she can't hide, so Dragos caught her(with funny intermediate scenes like when Dragos, a crazy ancient dragon, tried eating Twizzlers and drinking cherry coke Slurpee cause Pia bought it and almost immediately spat everything out and his second-in-command, the hot Rune, took the Twizzlers and smuggled them out of the room). They fell in love, but because of the big difference in personalities and all the other power players getting involved, they got on a rocky start and could only satisfy their burning needs for physical intimacies in spurts and bursts wherever they could fit into their impromptu schedules-like when they're running away from a horde of angry Goblin captors and had gained some ground, they washed off at a creek and had their first "joinings":). I have to admit that that first love making was realy mindblowingly hot, ahha ok now i sound pervy. When things toned down and it seemed like a happy ever after, Pia got kidnapped by Dragos' archenemy. But during her kidnap, she definitely showed what a tough girl she was. Yeah and the ending was, as i've said already, really, really sweet.
OK, where to start...Pia is a really cool heroine, all independence and all action. I liked the front part where she outsmarted and kicked her delusional, crazy ex-boyfriend's butt. She's pretty(light god-blonde hair and all), she's smart, fast, and really brave and independent. She fights her own battles, and she doesn't back down when her dominant lover gets all bossy and intimidating, instead, she understands that it wasn't really his fault since it was all honed instincts ingrained into him for millenia, so yeah, it's hard for him too. She is really friendly and charismatic to those who were suspiscious of her at first. Oh and she is so sarcastically funny, definitely my type. She's cool, and she definitely hits my top charts of favourite heroines.
Dragos is the usual dominant, I-always-get-what-i-want, powerful, strickingly handsome hero of the book. He really reminds me of Raphael in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series and almost all the men in Jory Strong's erotica/romantica novels, all starkly possessive and protective. He does live up to his ancient ancient name, but sometimes his actions and words are too modern for me to continue with the ancient concept. One example is his, and his almost-as-ancient sentinels', continual usage of very modern crude/coarse language. Their use of vulgar words are like, abundant and already instilled into their daily conversations, which is not supposed to be(for me anyway)as...aren't ancient people supposed to be all prim and proper and all "let down your long hair, O Fair Maiden"? But there are parts where he seemed really old, and he's so innocently sweet and charming when he straightfowardly admitted that he didn't understand the concept of love that the humans are obsessed about. He doesn't know it, but he loves Pia just fine:).
The peripheral characters like Quentin, Rune, Tricks, etc were fun enough. Tricks especially. Oh how i loved the part where Tricks and Pia got drunk and Tricks started to write ont he restaurant's tablecloth all the gossips and connections of the people in Culeubre Tower(who are also the employee), and Rune and Graydon successfully wrested it from her after she got a good bite out of Rune(she was drunk).
Harrison has a really screwed sense of humor, in a good way, haha, which is with the use of sarcasm, which is totally my brand of jokes. So i really loved and adored the book when it got all snide comments and witty remarks. But there is some gore in it which i kinda appreciated..."...not after he was gelded, not after he was eviscerated, not after he was blinded. I didn't think that the boy had that kind of loyalty in him. I thought he would give you up in the first ten minutes." Wow, royal treatment much?
The passion play was awesome. Haha, real horny and all and illustrated detailed-ly with care and precision:). Tho i am kinda...um skeptical? that they(meaning Pia and Dragos) could've fell in love and willingly put their faith and trust in each other when they have only met for what, 3 or 4 days tops? That's a little extreme, man...
I am feeling rather speculative now cause Harrison didn't close the loops and gaps that appeared in the book. For example, what did Pia's mom do to/for the Elves that made her into such a revered persona in their society? I mean, this will be the only book which would focus on Pia(sad....TT) so i don't think Harrison would patch it all up after this book. And also of all the mythical creatures ever created, she chose to make Pia turn into a *******? I mean seriously? That's just weird...haha
Anyway, a really good book and i would definitely recommend it. Her writing style is scarily similar to Nalni Singh's. So if you loved the Guid Hunter series or the Psy-Changeling series(like i do), i think you'll love this one too....more
Cool plot, cool synopsis, sool idea, and of course, cool heroine!
Nikki has been a PI for quite some time, but her friend comes to her one day and screCool plot, cool synopsis, sool idea, and of course, cool heroine!
Nikki has been a PI for quite some time, but her friend comes to her one day and screw everything up for her, and now she's hated by whole hordes of powerful people(both pyhsically and politacally), and by both the good and bad people, which practically leaves her on no-man's land. She's also an outcast at the only safe sanctuary she was offered. All throughout the book, she has to prove her worth and loyalty to Anderson and co. cause otherwise they would not protect her or her family from the bad people who wants her desperately(away from Anderson,the head of the good people, anyway) cause she's the rare Descendent of Artemis, Greek goddess of the Moon, the Hunt and Patron Goddess of all virgin maidens. Anderson, the only one who could butt heads with the main protagonist Konstantin, asks her to find someone for him, and it somehow became a test to prove her loyalty, and someone was bent on thinking her the betrayer. So when Nikki's sister, Steph, was threatened and Nikki had to rush to save her, that annoying someone held her back, thinking to ambush her and give her a good beating HE thought was his right to mete out and HE thought she deserved. So yeah...poor sister... The ending was kinda a happy one, and it hinted at a little romance for Nikki and also a hell of a conflict brewing up(ok maybe not hinting for the conflict, but downright shouting it at us).
Nikki was the usual heroine-nice, intelligent, carried the rare and sought-after genes, but strangely, her looks were only average. Y'know, usually the main girl's all pretty and kind and gay and stuff? She sucked up all the misfortunes that befell her like a man and she's really independent. I was disappointed about her powers tho. You would expect the rare Descendent of the cool Goddess to be all "oooh here is my magic bow and self-refilling spiritual arrows" and no one ever being able to sneak up on her because of her uncanny tracking powers...But nooo, everyone, including and especially that irritating someone, Jamaal, kept getting past her rather laxed guard and ambushing her. And throughout the whole book, she only managed to track 1 person(if i remember correctly).
Steph, Nikki's sister, is too pretty and too kind to be true. And seriously, after getting brutalized and almost raped, i would expect more of a reaction from her; what with her pampered, sheltered life and all. This type of people is kinda too impossible so...yeah i didn't really like her. And i seriously don't think she's the girl for Blake.:(
Anyway, learning about Anderson's parentage had been a real kick. Haha it was kinda cool. I thought we could've read more about Logan tho...He seemed to have much potential to be an enteraining lead hero.:/
OK, i confess that i've been procrastinating doing this review up so the feelings are not fresh anymore, and i can only remember 2 of them clearly now, which are:
OK firstly, this book has some serious fighting mojo(is this how you use this word?) going on. It's literally one fight after another, like 接二连三 kinda thing, which is definitely a good thing. Also incorporated with those awesome greek myths, that is the total cherry on top of the freaking cake. haha. After readong the synopsis about how the protagonist is Artemis' Descendent, i started looking frantically for the ebook...and i think i half-spoiled my mouse in my haste:( Anyway, the action was totally jam-packed with cool moves and choreography. But it was kinda weird, but also kinda cute that Nikki apologizes after the first few times she shoots at someone who's with the good guys(not purposely, but rather in self-defence). It was like 'BANG!', the guy falls down with some crazy chest wound(he's an immortal Descendent so he'll heal) and she goes up to him with a chagrined expression(in my head anyway)and says,"I'm sorry." Hah! Oh oh, and i think the part where she accidentally stabs Jamaal's eye with the heel of her stilettos was just plain lame(hey, it rhymes). Haha, but cute at the same time. I don' harbor any sympathy since he was the one who cause Steph(Nikki's sis)to be brutalized by Alexis(bad guy's right hand man)by holding Nikki up. Totally uncool...
And secondly, most YA books, if not all, would have a little romance in it and this one only just subtly hinted at it in the end-for Nikki anyway. And let me tell you, i am so not happy with the way things are developing. For all the things that he had done and caused,like bashing and choking Nikki and causing her siser to be ruffed up so badly and all, Nikki actually started developing, i don't know, a soft spot for Jamaal! Ew. Gross. He was my least fave character because of his unstable mental condition and hater-attitude, and she just goes traisping off with him? That's just wrong dude. And...ok this is probably gonna sound racist, but i kinda prefer the same races of people being paired up, and this is like Darke Academy by Gabriella Poole all over again, which is just plain weird. And why pair someone of her calibre with someone at the bottom of the food chain?>:/
Not as interesting as Percy Jackson, but definitely worth a shot. Try it. I mean, i don't regret picking it up, but it just wasn't the best book that i've read and with PJ as a comparison, that's tough cause PJ is just plain unbeatable. Haha. For greek myths anyway.
**spoiler alert** This book is a complete knockout. Wow! Seriously, constant action and passion thru'out the entire book from the first page where Mir**spoiler alert** This book is a complete knockout. Wow! Seriously, constant action and passion thru'out the entire book from the first page where Mira was kidnapped(continued right where the previous book left off. "My left knee had been shattered and my right leg was broken. My internal organs were swimming in my own blood, bruised, punctured, and damaged. My jaw felt fractured and my eyes were nearly swollen shut." This is literally the first page, no kidding.), till the last few pages where Mira was decapitating and eradicating one really annoying pain-in-the-ass vamp/nightwalker("My fist punctured his breast plate and went straight to his heart...I screamed in pain and triumph as i wrapped my fingers around his shrivelled heart and slowly pulled it free of his chest."). Whoo! A knockout!
I love the constant thrill and the battles that Mira gets caught up in or starts thru'out the book(and, really, every page has at least half of it splashed with bloody battle scenes - other than that one very short but sweet, passionate and physical part involving Danaus and Mira:X Big spoiler!). Drake managed to keep me clutching onto the book because of her awesome way of illustrating those phenomenal, gruesome fights and skirmishes that is part and parcel of Drake's world of nightwalkers(and other less desirable creatures). Even tho the first 4 books had no romance in it whatsoever, there were little hints and touches of it that would nudge any romance lovers/fans to continue reading - Well, it certainly nudged me, all right(nudged me hardXP)
I love the fact that Mira continues to stay strong and independent(especially in this fight in the end where she enters the "battleground" all alone and managed it like a pimple - cool girl's power!). The problems that she faced, and the whole well of emotions that she feels and bottles up in herself is really overwhelming that it suffocates me as well, but she managed to pent and suck it all up. She is really powerful and is one kick-ass hot womanBD (i sound like a perv:/)
Danaus was rather...ambiguous about his feelins towards Mira initially- even tho it was all rather cleared up in the prequel where it was written in his POV, but well, i kinda pity Mira. His sort-of betrayal was really heart wrenching i wanted to plunge my hand in there and start slapping Danaus upside down to knock some sense into him. Mira's practically throwing herself at him already and yet he still holds onto his stupid doubts that(this is gonna sound REALLY cliche) they weren't meant to be together. L.A.M.E. hahaha
Anyway, Valerio and Stefan were both really prominent characters in this book in the series. Both were Ancients with skills and a bloodlust(and a bit of OCD- what with the need to fold and tuck away their expensive coats before a fight/massacre safely) that was strangely, winningly charming(if there's such a word:/). I've come to know them quite well:). Who knew the cool, calm Stefan had a close female-assistance? And i stress "close" and "female".:)
To sum it up, this is not your average love-triangle-ly vampire novel/series. There wasn't as much love and intimate physical activitie popping up everywhere as most vamp novels would have, and is definitely on for those action-seekers and thrill-seeking fans of the fantasy genre. I absolutely loved this one, the slow building passion between the characters, and this would be the only vamp novel i have read so far that i would recommend to my friends. I seriously cannot wait for the last and final instalment of this series, which is set to be released on June 28, 2011!! Cheers, Drake! For another gruesomely tastey novel:)...more
So I forgot I've actually read WotW before and picked it for my vacation read in Japan.
I didn't realise my error until IReview of Second Read *2 stars*
So I forgot I've actually read WotW before and picked it for my vacation read in Japan.
I didn't realise my error until I was more than three quarters through and came to Goodreads and saw that the section under My Review wasn't empty. And that I liked it.
The fact that I didn't remember reading this at all, not even an inkling since nothing came back to me after reading three quarters of it, kind of speaks for itself.
I did enjoy reading the start of the book, right up till the point where Ellie jumped off a building to save Will and killed a reaper mid flight. Sounds exciting, right?
That was only one of three exciting Ellie kickassery. The rest of the time, Will was fighting her battles for her while she remained on the sidelines watching her friends fucking die for her. I'm not even exaggerating when I say in some fights, she doesn't even lift a finger cause while Moulton described all the whambam cool clashes between Will/Marcus/Ava (see what I did there?) and Bastian's minions - and powerful minions they were - Ellie was literally excluded from the narration. Will fought Reaper 1, got hit from behind by Reaper 2, counter attacked Reaper 2, turned around to finish off Reaper 1; out in the garden Marcus was battling 3 nycterids; out back Ava was taking on 10000000 freaking demons BUT WHERE AND WHAT THE BLAZES IS ELLIE FREAKING GABRIEL DOING?! And suddenly she's caught and strangled and Will will get all worried.
That's not the worse part. Will keeps reminding Ellie how powerful she is and Ellie keeps threatening the bad guys saying how she'll pummel their asses but NONE of that actually happens. It's always Will saving the day.
And don't let me get started on Cadan. You haven't even met/talked for like 2 minutes and he's professing his love. Mmhmm.
I just don't get how I fell in love with this book 2 years ago. Guess I'll read the third just to see how Will saves the day again though..somehow...even after that ending sighpie.
Disclaimer: If you haven't read ANGELFIRE yet or are averse to spoilers, please DO NOT read this review.
WINGS OF THE WICKED is one awesome emotional roller coaster ride - so full of action, tragedy, and romance. A great sequel to Angelfire that I loved. Every part of it was so intense and utterly memorable and I loved them all.
My Brief - albeit with a lot of spoilers - Summary We return to the world of the reapers where Ellie, who is really the archangel Gabriel in the flesh, is still trying her best to maintain a balance between her reaper life and high school-normal teenager lifestyle. Things are getting tougher for Ellie, with Bastian becoming more aggressive and sending higher-level reapers after her - namely, Merodach and Kelaeno, two of the oldest reapers recorded in Nathaniel's history texts.
Add into the fray Cadan's shifting loyalties and frequent visits, the arrival of an old friend - and maybe ex-lover - of Will's, and the many deaths that always seem to shroud Ellie's future, she's still got to find a way to save the day. Cause, as the synopsis says, if she doesn't, there really will be hell to pay.
My Thoughts I thought that WOW was written really beautifully - vivid, suspenseful scenes, thrilling action, forbidden romance, and to top it all up, an exciting plot with lots of curveballs. The anticipation for the release of WOW, personally, was all hyped up way before its expected publication date because of Moulton's amazing 10 weeks countdown at her blog. So naturally, my expectations were pushed way up the bar, and I wasn't disappointed. I just loved the way Moulton described each scene and her writing style. I loved the suspense and surprises - both good and bad - that were thrown at us throughout the book; It kept me on tenterhooks, and it kept the pages turning swiftly.
As for the characters, I must say that I could've done without all the parties and pink dresses on Ellie's part. I know she's trying her best to keep her normal, teenager life, but I think that that's going a little too far. She's a tough-assed heroine who still attends high school and who loves to shop, and I think that that's plenty cool already. Will is still his usual brooding self, but we get to see more into his past life as he opens up to Ellie and as she starts remembering her previous incarnations. (I love that Will likes it when Ellie combs her fingers through his hair!:P Just saying.)
Another bone I had to pick with Ellie is that, she's supposed to be the best fighter amongst her little group of friends. Like the ultimate, archangel, in-a-league-of-her-own best fighter, but Will seems to be the one who's saving her ass in every fight she gets involved in. I'm not a fan of weak heroines who depend on their oh-so-strong hero to come saving their day, so this part didn't sit that well with me.
There were more secondary characters that were introduced - Ava, Marcus, Merodach, and Kelaeno. Marcus is awesome, period; Ava's.....she's still on probation for me; Merodach's awesome too, in his own mysterious, powerful-villain way; Kelaeno's seems like the crazy-witch villain to me. Ok, she's beautiful and all (like every other reaper), but my subconscious just have this cackling-witch image whenever her name pops up. I wonder why...
Anyway, as for the ending, I wasn't a big fan of it. (view spoiler)[I'm just going to go ahead and reveal the big spoiler (not all the way, of course) - someone died. Someone who's very much an integral part of the story died, and I didn't like it. Not one bit. I know that there will always be casualties in war, but ARH. He's not supposed to go so suddenly!! And..ARHH! Ok, I'm incoherent, but you get the point. Not only that, it ends with a cliffhanger. (hide spoiler)]
I will reiterate this again - WINGS OF THE WICKED is one awesome emotional roller coaster ride packed with a larger dose of action, tragedy, and romance. If you're still hesitating on picking this up, wary that WOW will not be as good as ANGELFIRE, then rest assure, WOW is as good as ANGELFIRE, and with more high-level-reaper fighting, sexual tension between Ellie and Will, and emotional scenes that will render you speechless.
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"So he held this hunter whose midnight green eyes said she saw him, shadows and all, who touched him as (view spoiler)[Ingrede (hide spoiler)] used to"So he held this hunter whose midnight green eyes said she saw him, shadows and all, who touched him as (view spoiler)[Ingrede (hide spoiler)] used to do, who made him imagine an impossible truth, held her so close that she was a part of his very soul."
Usually I give every Guild Hunter novel an immediate and resounding 5 stars. I wasn't the biggest fan of Dmitri...and I still ain't one, but I'm starting to understand him more now. And respect. Wow, he gave his heart to this amazing village woman centuries ago, and even after her very tragic demise, his heart and soul still remained with her. Until now.
Enter Honor, a Guild Hunter who was very recently saved from some crazy vampire. Honor's sanity was on verge of cracking, and only after months of therapy and stuff, she just managed to walk out on her own. But she prefers locking herself up in the Guild library. That is, until a job at the Angel Tower required her expertise and Honor forced herself to meet up with Dmitri. From there, you can probably deduce the rest for yourself. As they spent more time together solving a series of murder cases in which Honor finds out how deadly--and sexy--Dmitri is and Dmitri finding out the side of Honor that made her a hunter in the first place, the courage and innate strength before her unfortunate abduction.
As always, Singh's delivery was AMAZING, and she knew just how to feed us little tidbits about Dmitri's past here and there, which was hard to piece together a complete picture until right at the very end when she gave a final piece and bam, everything just falls into place. And the gradual change in Honor and Dmitri in the end was really heartwarming. Quiiiiiite a typical wounded hero/heroine finding love and healing (that's why I docked off one star), but well, it's Nalini Singh, so naturally it is still in a league of its own.
A dark novel about an inspiring love that heals. A sort of spinoff to the main plot, so it is technically fine to skip this go directly to book 6 which is confirmed to be in Elena's and Raphael's POV where, I'm assuming, the main arc will continue but I have to admit it, now that I have read it, I do feel this bond to Dmitri (and Honor) now that wasn't there. I'll be noticing him more now. ;)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Look at that cover.. Such beautiful things are just not possible, y'know what I mean? It isThis review was originally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
Look at that cover.. Such beautiful things are just not possible, y'know what I mean? It is absolutely gorgeous. A little kink tho - why is her eyebrow not silver?>:/
Comparatively, I had set mighty high expectations for this book after FIRELIGHT, and I must say that I am a little disappointed with VANISH (but it is still a crazy awesome book AND series!).
VANISH picks up right where FIRELIGHT left off, where Jacinda, her mother and sister, Tamra, were being escorted back to the pride by Cassian, prince of said pride. But during their tense drive back, they met with Will's hunter family. Dun dun dunnn!
Anyway, in that very bleak face-off, something happened to Tamra and she manifested. (Oooh, big spoiler.XP) So, because of Tamra's newfound abilities, she managed to salvage the situation. But also because of Tamra's heroic feat, Will's memory of Jacinda and the promise he made to her to find her no matter where she went, may very well have wiped out clean from his mind. Vanished from his memories. The trio returns to the pride, amongst suspiscious glares and unfriendly neighbors. Tamra is now lodging with another draki; their mom was given multiple shifts that pushes her to work till ungodly hours; Jacinda, instead of having one of the top jobs (working at the library, which is what she did prior to their escape), was allocated a place with the gutting crew. In short, life was bleak and bad.
Will Will (not a typo) remember Jacinda? Will he find her? But what will happen if he actually found her? Can she run away from her mom and sister when they're all each other have? And what about Cassian? He really loves Jacinda, doesn't he?
All this are answered within the pages behind this very beautiful and silvery book jacket. I STILL CAN'T GET OVER THE COVER. IT IS JUST TOO BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLL!
So. I still loved Jordan's writing here as I did in FIRELIGHT. Her scenic descriptions and the characters' emotional development were done perfectly. You can feel Jacinda's torn emotions and dilemma, and when it comes to Cassian, wow. Just, wow. When she says "his intense gaze", you can feel some hot male attention searing thru your skin. Lol.
However, what I was disappointed in, and what ultimately made me give it a 4 and not a resounding 5, is because of Will's change in behavior. And it isn't a good transformation, I can assure you. He became too assertive, and his sweet, romantic demeanor towards Jacinda was almost non-existent in here. My heart totally broke (*piang*) when Will came back into the spotlight. I was expecting a quietly fierce, but still caring and loving Will to fight his way back into Jacinda's life. Now? He's not actively fighting for her and just... Well, too assertive and aggressive. And he actually said something to hurt Jacinda so that she would agree to run away with him. Which is total jerk attitude.
I don't know if it is to sway us towards Team Cassian or what, but Jordan portrayed Cassian as such a... Self-sacrificing and protective and sweet and romantic and alpha and possessive male. I love him. I am totally Team Cassian now. I actually was wary when I read all those reviews saying how they have been swayed over to Team Cassian, thinking I would never cross the enemy line over from Team Will, but Will crossed the line for me. He was a total jerk here, and Jacinda had to fight for their relationship.
Sometimes, I enjoy the love triangles and the fight for who loves who in the end, but over here the focus and harping about it was bordering on excessive. And annoying. Jacinda CANNOT make up her mind. And whenever she's with Will or Cassian, she would feel like she's betraying the other. Which she is. But she desnt't have to think about it the WHOLE time, EVERY time she's with one of them.
When she's with Cassian, "no, I shouldn't betray Will. Cause he's the one for me. I know it all the way down to my bone marrows. Even after all that he has sacrificed and fought for, even tho he protected me and pushed away my sister and everyone, and even tho I reciprocate some of the love you've showered upon the undeserving me, Will is the one for me".
When she's with Will, "I kissed Cassian. I am a sinner. You're too good for me, even tho you're acting like a jerk, and you want me to choose you over my family who desperately needs me. But I can't push you away, cause it feels so goddamn comfortable in your arms". It's annoying.
And she wallows a lot in her misery.
Buuuut, I liked the plot and the suspense. I loved the pride. I loved the mystery and the magical feel everytime Jacinda steps out into the forests. I loved the drakis, I loved their forms and colors and when they fly, you soar with them. The way Jordan describes it, you can almost feel the wind on your face and your hair whipping about behind you. Enchanting and captivating.
The stakes are much higher here. More to lose, more to consider, more dilemmas, more conflicted emotions. Jordan came back with ten-folds more drama and epic-ness. It was an amazing ride thru the world of the draki.
I'm giving this a 4.5 rating. Because it mighty well deserves it....more
1) This review will not be written in an objective point ofOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
Just a few warnings before I get into the review:
1) This review will not be written in an objective point of view. It will more closely relate to being a rant or a bitching session.
2) There will be MAJOR spoilers. That is all.
I have trouble articulating how I'm feeling now, 48 hours after I've put the book down. That has got to be one of the worst finales I've ever seen. I am so sorry, but I am absolutely speechless, and not in a good way. Utterly disappointed.
I do not want to write a summary about it, because it will just make me relive every single, horrifying moment as I read the book. So I'll start talking from the back, cause to me, the ending was the ultimate disappointment.
Graves is Broken. Yep, big spoiler, he is. And after the entire ordeal, he wants some down time to himself to "man" himself up. And Dru just sticks to him all the way. Like what the hell? Christophe sacrificed himself for you, got tortured and drained by his crazy psycho of a father, KING of all the evil vamps Sergej, saved her ass countless times throughout the entire five-books series, was so sweet, so romantic, so bloody tender towards her, and she heartlessly just continues to leave him hanging even though she continuously goes to Graves. She said "I love you" to Graves, and when Christophe asks, "Dru... Is there a chance?" And she's goes, "I don't know." Which gave him hope. Again. I can't believe her! Graves was having mood swings towards Dru throughout the first half of the book, sometimes cold and pushing her away, sometimes all intense heat and proclaiming his love for the damsel. He literally gives whiplashes. Literally, I tell you.
Even though I'm rooting for Christophe to end up with Dru - always has been, always will, and because he obviously is the better man - I just want her to make up her mind and go to Graves, cause she obviously wants to be with him. No idea why, but I don't want to see Christophe getting his ass kicked just to save Dru everytime she disobeys his commands and does something stupid for Graves. Which is quite often. Grr.
Ok, that was so liberating. Good, now on to something else not about Dru's idiocy.
Plot. It was very mediocre. I expected so much more because I loved this series so much. I've been a loyal fan of Lili St. Crow's and even dug out her adult series to pass my time as I waited for the entire of the STRANGE ANGELS series to be released. Scout's honor. But St. Crow's annoying habit of having to internalise everything, to have Dru comment on every. Single. Minor. Thing! was very much present in this book. Not only that, she's sarcastic and sardonic. A little is fine, but in every comment! Her pessimism and sardonism leaks into every of her inner commentating that it grates on my nerves sometimes. So now with the excessive inner comments, the plot seems a little disjointed at times, and other times, a little insignificant. But the action and the fight scenes were abundant, and I loved it this time too. Just... With the excessive thoughts on Dru's part overwhelming it, things got noticeably duller.
I'm not sure why, but St. Crow took time to describe the settings and sceneries in RECKONING. It's a hot and cold thing, sometimes boosting the writing, but most of the time, since this is an action-packed, YA novel, it slows down the pace a lot. So when some trouble knocks on Dru's door, which is more often than not, she starts with her inner commenting tirade AND description. Ohhhhkay. Why? It got so annoying that I had to do this book in a few sittings.
I feel so mean flaming this book so bad, more so because this was one of my favourite YA series. But oh well, I had so much pent up anger after I read it, so it became a bitching session. Sorry if I offended anyone. Sigh. I just didn't like it. And I really want to say this: If you're an author and you don't have a heart to write an ending properly, then please don't. I'm just so shattered right now.. For Chris. For Dru. For Graves. And for every STRANGE ANGELS fan out there who's going to read this book and experience this...this feeling. Cause let me tell you, this feeling ain't nice.
P.S. What's up with that weird apparition-like thing with bad teeth and eyes behind Dru on the front cover? Other than that, I love the yellow and the Dru-model. Totally badass....more
This book was refreshing, i mean i haven't read a book that changes its POV every few paragraphs. At first i found it rather annoying, but ater a few This book was refreshing, i mean i haven't read a book that changes its POV every few paragraphs. At first i found it rather annoying, but ater a few more chapters i started telling myself," ah heck, just deal with it." Then surprisingly, it got better. Haha, no kidding cause i was ony really interested in knowing Zoey.:P
I was kinda disappointed with the first half of the book. Firstly, the first/maybe second scene that was in Zoey's POV already has her having sex with Stark. It was really cliche and the plot was really slow to progress. However, the story picked up its pace quite soon after. I was about to give up reading the book because it got all girly, chummy and lacking in action, but after a certain point, i was reminded why i still continue following this series.
There was much more intense and dangerous Darkness surrounding Neferet(did you know that 'Neferet' means "the beautiful one"? Also it is an imitation of the infamous Nefertiti, the Pharoah-Queen of Ancient Egypt? When i realised it, i was like," Oh hell, this is totally wicked!" haha), more deaths of fellow close friends - which were completely shocking. Trust me, you would be too. And of course, more totally lame-and-cliche-supposed-to-be-rousing speeches by Zoey and Stevie Rae. Much more love from Zoey(if that's even possible)and Stark, and the new love interests Stevie Rae and Rephaim just starting to express their feelings for each other outrightly.
I find it weird that the all-powerful, winged immortal Kalona can actually be controlled and ordered around by some loser mortal who turned bad, and was then outsmarted by his half-mortal, bastard son, Rephaim. That's just..weird, seriously there's no other words to describe it. I mean, when Kalona appeared, it was so cool and all, and everyone was in awe of his magnificence and power. And now he's like.. i don't know.. It's just weird. Period.
(SPOILER!) One thing i do like about this book, is the impending doom that awaits Starkand Zoey that Mother and Daughter Cast only lets us have a glimpse into. Now that is suspenseful. Kalona now has entry and command over Stark's mind and body because of that tiny whiff of immortality he reluctantly breathed into Stark int he previous book that caused them to have a link. dang dang dang~ And i'm guessing cause Kalona's more powerful, he has the upper hand over Stark. Can't wait to real all about it in the next book, which is coming out in October 25th 2011:)...more
Hmm, im going to keep this review short cause im gonna start the sequel of this book soon, and i want to try and keep the feelings fresh when i conti Hmm, im going to keep this review short cause im gonna start the sequel of this book soon, and i want to try and keep the feelings fresh when i continue.
I think Saintcrow has this habit in all the books that she writes(mainly referring to the Strange Angels series), which is she focuses too much on internal commentating on the protagonist's part,which in this case is Jill Kismet's. I mean it's good to know what she thinks and that she has a sarcastic sense of humor(which is good), but a if it's over excessive, it would kill the suspense and the trill after awhile.
I like the idea of this book tho; Cool tough heroine with a tragic background, lots of badass action and a TEENY weeny bit on romance at the end. It's cliche, yes, but i just like it y'know?
Well, it's not bad for a start and i'd like to read the next few books to decide whether i like this book or not. haha. (Hint: this book's not that great that it can catch my attention at the start..that's why i rated it an average 3 out of 5. Haha..but i have a feeling i won't continue after the 3rd book at max. oh well, fingers are crossed!)...more
The rating is harsh, but i must say that the reading process was rather painful.
EXCESS inner commentating, a not-so-dominant Were lover, too much focuThe rating is harsh, but i must say that the reading process was rather painful.
EXCESS inner commentating, a not-so-dominant Were lover, too much focus on one single thing- which was the case, and at places too unrealistic.
The fact that her lover, Saul, was passive and a by-stander when she kicked hellbreeds' butts was pissing enough. And with the seriously annoying, braggy inner commentating on Jill's part scrawled over more than half the pages was really pushing it. The final straw was the cases were all so gruesome and repetitive(continued from the first book) that i was immune to it even before i finished half the book. I initially was feeling a little sorry for the victims, but after the what, 10th case i just shut the book and was like ah heck..this is wasting my time. And chugged it aside. For weeks. I even renewed my library loan and couldn't finish it on time cause i was seriously getting bored of it. And weeks later, i sit here writing this review cause i was reluctant to even think about it before.
I'll give you the quick gloss over till the part i stopped(as much as i can remember anyway): She was tracking a hellbreed, or meeting one, and fought(with a lot of lame comments in her head again). Then went to Saul who was smoking cigar in the car. Jill gave him some commands(yes, SHE gave HIM commands and he didnt even show bristle with irritation or sth..ANYTHING.) and they drove off. No lovey dovey parts to soften the grim and emo world she lives in. She gets case after case after case from her police contact. After case. All of the bodies left along roadsides, all bloodied beyond recognition, but most of them miraculously having one fingerprint undamaged on that one finger pad for ID-ing. Well that's convenient. And i ended when things started to get interesting(just i minor spark of the brewing plot, but still boring to me)- the church was hiding something from their protector, which was her. She got pissed, almost hit the priest and left. Yep, i stopped there.
I liked Saintcrow's Strange Angels series, but this one fell REALLY flat in comparison. Tho her habit of excess inner commentating was omnipresent, the plot pretty much saved everything. But this...is just...sigh..
I dont know, i've got nothing nice to say so i'll just stop here. When i remember something then i'll update this review. If not, i'll end off with: I am NOT going to continue reading this series.Period....more
I would put this at 4.5 stars if i could..but i didnt think it was perfect so i rounded it down. But oh this book is a really good one. Tho the clima I would put this at 4.5 stars if i could..but i didnt think it was perfect so i rounded it down. But oh this book is a really good one. Tho the climax didnt hit the all time high, for some reasons, i am hooked to this book quite badly. Haha, and im usually one for action than romance. This one is a real mix between Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers trilogy and Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, what with her being able to see and commune with ghosts and the fact that there was a summer camp for supernaturals, in short for people who were special and had powers. Ring a bell?
(view spoiler)[Kylie's life sure is one hellhole, but she manages it all quite well actually. I mean, there were emotional breakdowns and lots of bawling sessions, but in the end, she pulled on her big girl's pant and dealt with everything, and even saved the camp[ok big spoiler]. Anyway, her mom thought that Kylie was more than she could handle cause of Kylie's budding rebellious attitude and with the divorce between her and Kylie's dad, so she sent Kylie to the camp that her counsellor recommended(now this reminds me of James from Robert Muchamore's CHERUBS series..-.-). Kyie arrives and lo and behold, meets her best buds and potential lover, and also mysterious childhood neighbor(slash)terror(slash)saviour. I know, very hypocritical, but dont worry, Hunter made it make perfect sense:). Ok, after which she is in some serious denial that she is also a supernatural. The camp leader, Holiday, told her about her seeing ghosts is a gift, but they're stilling trying to figure out what kind of supernatural she is(for example, half-were, half-vamp, half-fae, hald-witch or half-shapeshifter, all this are the main supernatural groups present in the book), so this becomes her quest, to find out which group she belongs to. Percy Jackson much? Then things happen and the camp is in danger of closing down and Kylie somehow manages to save it with the help of some of her new friends. (hide spoiler)]
Kylie is not really what i would say as my ideal heroine, with her breaking down quite often tho her actions are justifiable, but she is cool and courageous. Her powers can only add on to her many qualities. At first, i thought that being able to see ghosts didnt make her very powerful and that it was creepy, but after awhile, i think i do like her powers after all. At least it convinced me more how good the power could be than Kelley Armstrong did..Bottomline: yeah, i liked Kylie.
The boys...Trey(nehh), Derek(the hot half-fae), Lucas(the childhood neighbor(slash)terror(slash)saviour who is equally, if not more, sizzling than the half-fae). Well, Trey was a downright loser. Ok why do all YA authors make the human boy the most undesirable one..lol anyway. Derek was the steady, cool, calm and collected lover while Lucas was the one who made Kylie all nervous and fluttery. Reminds me of the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow.-.- Personally i prefer Lucas cause Kylie had a secret past with him, and it being shrouded in mystery just makes it all the more romantic. haha
It wasnt very climax-y if you get what i mean, and it definitely is kinda cliche, but personally i find it nice and well, relaxing. Sometimes i dread reading the climaxes of books cause i know im gonna have some serious hormonal changes and adrenaline spikes which would result in me being tired and a few wrinkles to appear, which is seriously mortifying. I've been reading more adult fiction nowadays, and reading this book reminds me how awesome YA fiction books can be. Makes me feel more youthful also,haha.(I am still a teen actually:/)
Anyway, i am really looking forward to the release of this sequel called Awake at Dawn which will be released on Oct 11 this year!! Woo! Cheers:) cant wait cant wait.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've been putting off reading AWAKE AT DAWN for quite some time cause I didn't have an urge to start on it.Originally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
I've been putting off reading AWAKE AT DAWN for quite some time cause I didn't have an urge to start on it. That said, I thought it was not bad, higher than average with lots of good fun. Fun in the romance sense, friends-together fun sense, and lots of plot surprises sense.
My Brief Summary Kylie Galen is back at Shadow Falls, with her best friends, Miranda (witch) and Della (vampire), and boyfriend-in-all-but-name, Derek (faery). She's back to where she belongs, but the one big question and mission of her life is still the one constant burden in her heart - what is she? She's still finding for answers, but the ghost that continuously comes to her at dawn dressed in a gown dripping blood who keeps repeating, "You have to stop it, Kylie. You have to. Or this will happen to someone you love." and nothing more isn't helping, and she's been developing some new powers of late that appears to points to her being a vampire, then a wolf, then a faery. And on top of her shit pile, Derek is starting to pull away from her. And then on top of the top of her shit pile, Lucas is back and her feelings are once again in a mess.
Great. And when Kylie was starting to deal with her problems, there's the other issue of a wolf and vampire stalking her, and two random normals were found dead minutes after meeting Kylie. End of Summary
AWAKE AT DAWN has a very rich content, and many plot surprises. That's one of the things that's best about it. Not taking into account the delicious moments Kylie and Derek had together, but you get what I mean.
Derek took centre stage for this book. I didn't believe it when I read in other reviews how other readers were bought over to Team Derek in AaD, and I strongly believed that I will never sway from Team Lucas. But boy, was I wrong. Derek really won me over too! He was awesome! Cool, suave, hot, understanding. But it was after that when he started pulling away that made me like him a little less. I understand why he wanted distance - which is because of Lucas' return and because Kylie kept feeling guilty about thinking of Lucas and since Derek is a faery and can read emotions, he'd know when she does think of Lucas - but shouldn't he fight harder for her? Why surrender when the war's just started?
Lucas acted more of the infatuated friend when he was back cause Kylie will only accept him as a friend. But boy, was Lucas' reason to leave Shadow Falls cool! And very unexpected. I've been wondering what would constitute as an excusable reason for Lucas to elope with Fredricka (ok fine, elope is too strong a word, but he did run away with Fredricka), and wow, I forgave Lucas the moment he spilled the beans. Good one, C.C.! My love for Lucas has not diminished one bit.:P
Anyway, I thought that the rogue vampire in here was COOL! Everything's so unexpected and twisted that I can't even guess what's going to happen next! But, the reason why I took one star away was because it was a little monotonous for the most part of the front of the book. The hype did rise a few times, but they were more like tiny spikes of anxious moments. There was a climax at the end - a good one at that, mind you - but it was so short! Good, thrilling, suspenseful, action-packed, good Lucas-Kylie moments (oops, did I just spoil that for you?:/) climax, but too short! I want moreeeee!:( Haha. Especially that Lucas-Kylie part.
I wonder how many times I mentioned the word "cool" in this review... So you see, this book is a great sequel to a fantastic start. Even though I read this book in three or four sittings, it didn't disappoint, and I am eagerly awaiting TAKEN AT DUSK, book 3 in the Shadow Falls series....more
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
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!
Wickedly smart. Plot and scheme was really ingenious and unexpected. And Puck, woo, was hilarious. I love his sarcastic humor and wit, and the deep anWickedly smart. Plot and scheme was really ingenious and unexpected. And Puck, woo, was hilarious. I love his sarcastic humor and wit, and the deep and serious attitude and the roiling emotions within him that he only keeps to himself.
The plot was not too complicated neither was it simple, adding to it the characters' charms(especially ice-boy..haha he was, in his own way, really funny), this is one good read that i must say has been really worth my time(or anyone else's for that matter)..hehe not to sound pompous or anything..but well. Kagawa really does Shakespeare proud to be able to write a novella which is short yet sweet, simple, and riveting....more
I had very conflicting emotions about this final book in the series, and the one that featured most prominently was of course the bittersweet knowledgI had very conflicting emotions about this final book in the series, and the one that featured most prominently was of course the bittersweet knowledge that our journey with our beloved (do you call it quartet?) quartet has finally come to their beautiful close.
My summary(which i will try my very best to leave out any spoilers): Previously in THE IRON QUEEN, Meghan, the new Iron Queen, forbade Ash the son of Winter to enter the Iron Realm where she resides. So now, Ash, with the help of Puck, Grim, and two others (the revelation of these two would surely be a kick in the guts - a real, hard, unexpected kick) would try to gain a soul to be able to stand beside Meghan as Ash, a once-Fae with a mortal soul - in short, the Ash that would not burn to death when placed amidst a whole landscape of iron.
I shall end the summary there lest i reveal more. I love to spoiler stuff, as can be seen from my other reviews, but i shall restrain myself. For now.>:) (Oh and for convenient and my promise for a non-spoilery review's sake, i shall name the 1 of the new companions A).
Wow, there is so much to gush about this book i don't even know where to begin! This book has twice the number of adventures than in the previous 3 books, and a lot more lores and legends brought into play. Our little band of travellers had to venture deep into the Deep Wyld where only the most Ancient calls them home and is considered dangerous and uncharted lands to the normal Fey folks. From there, they have to fight off monsters and spirits, and most importantly, fight through their dark emotions, past torments and inner demons.
This book was relatively darker and more sinister-feeling since Ash himself hadnt had a very clean, untainted history. And without Meghan there to shower some love, it became rather gloomy at parts. However whenever Puck is there, i can guarantee the smile that will surely sprout on your face. Oh man, Puck is hilarious! Seriously, i love the man. Example: “You realize you’ve just been duped by a fish,” I said, watching the catfish grin at me before slipping into the dark waters, lost from view. Puck shrugged. “Hey, it was going to name one of its grandfish after me,” he said, tossing the line into the water again. “That’s one of my rules, you know. I refuse to eat anything that names its kid after me.”
Puck has been infinitely more adorable, but when he isnt joking, he can be pretty serious. He does feel lots of strong emotions, i mean not only to Meghan, but to our dear ice-boy too. He's a good friend and i was kind of sad when it was time for.....sigh...i shan't spoiler.. (Are you all hyped up to read the book already, Team Puck-ers?:D)
Anyway, back to Ash. I had this constant fear that the Ash i have come to really, REALLY like (the reclusive, brooding, quietly protective one) will slowly fade away since we're going to constantly look into his head. At first, i was amazed by how well Kagawa managed to keep that image up, like, really well. Really, it was absolutely amazing the skill which she has shown. However towards the ending, it did sort of change a bit, and yeah, i was quite disappointed there. It was sort of like his essence kind of leeched away a little and i couldn't reconcile the Ash that was teary and scared near the end and the Ash i have painted in my head. But the epilogue saved everything so I assure you that everything is still right on track:).
Talking about ending......Ash was SUPER, S.U.P.E.R swoon-worthy! Yep, swoon-worthy indeed. Tho there was the "Im happy you found happiness" thing that was kind of weird..i have an idea of who said it, but still,i like a little confirmation after everyone else has read the book.
The new scenery, new folklores, new legends and myths were abundant here, all richly-detailed, and ever much more enchanting than ever. I really wonder where Ms Kagawa gets them..Did Shakespeare really invent and cover a whole new world so precisely and just so..full of magic in that one little book? Really doubt that..but if he didn't and those things in THE IRON KNIGHT was actually Ms Kagawa's own input, then i must applaud her for her ingenuity and creativity. They are absolutely stunning and just so..cool.
However having all that said, i have to admit that the middle portion of the book got a little boring. Which is surprising since i NEVER get bored reading any this book's predecessors..never. I guess that it is because there wasnt quite as much Ash-Meghan love in here than the others..but still.
Moving on, an old friend, Companion A, joined in our little travelling party. I was feeling rather disgruntled that she was admitted into our protagonists' group, to be able to get re-aquainted with Puck and Ash(*grinds teeth*). I was afraid of Ash being distracted from his vow to Meghan (Yes, the situation is THAT dire!). But as the story progressed, i started feeling sorry for her. For one, Kagawa seemed a little..cruel to her. Made her seem so disposable. It was kinda sad.. That's one of the things that made this novel a very dark one.
Overall, this book was filled with adventures and obstacles, sacrifices and self-discovery (for Ash at least). The plot was rich, refreshing and unexpected, all this amidst the mystical forest deep within the Nevernever where the true monsters lurked. A wonderful curtain call to an amazing series and i really do hope to see more of each of them in the next series which is going to feature Ethan, Meghan's brother, as the main protagonist!
Just a little side notes and thoughts that you would not want to read if you havent already read the book and would contain spoilers:
1) This is something minor..When Ash and Puck were in the wyldwood looking for Grim, it was kind of funny that there were dragonflies in there. I don't know, is it me only or what, that there things in the mortal realm that lives there..I mean, dragonflies? Why not fireflies? They seem more..magical to me, dont it?haha
2)Seriously, this going to be very spoilery.(view spoiler)[Isnt the River of Dreams which Ash&co utilized to travel to you-know-where kind of like the River Styx in Greek mythology? The one in the Underworld? (hide spoiler)] oh well, just my idle musings.
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17 year old Alex has been hiding and running away from the Covenant for three years now, and she doesn't know why. But after an attack by some Daimons17 year old Alex has been hiding and running away from the Covenant for three years now, and she doesn't know why. But after an attack by some Daimons, she has to fend for herself now. She is scared and alone, but she is determined to live through it all.
*Ok spoiler alert* This book has some serious fighting mojo going on- and i must say,i really like it. The first fight scene, the one at the beach where she face planted 2 boys, was illustrated vividly with wicked moves from Alex.
But apart from the fighting and action, the part where her mom died really plunged me into a state of despair along with Alex even tho her mom only had the spotlight for one scene. I mean, i could really feel her state of loss and her desire to just give up and shrivel up on that motel bed after a week of running away with little supplies.
It was a short, but captivating story of a courageous(and funny:)) girl just starting out her journey alone to find the place where she belonged and where she could feel safe again. The emotional journey(mainly the sad part where her mom died)was pretty intense too. A great start to a series and i would definitely recommend it to my friends....more
"Rampant is a thrilling read, with strong girls, unusual and scary unicorns, and hidden dangers everywhere. I was on the edge of my seat from start to"Rampant is a thrilling read, with strong girls, unusual and scary unicorns, and hidden dangers everywhere. I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish! Please, miss, might i have some more?" --Tamora Pierce.
Hmm.. Not a bad book, but i didn't feel as excited as i'd expected after i read the synopsis. Initially i was like 'Oh man! Sounds cool - even with the unicorns(i'm kinda growing out of that already..)!' I'm a great fan of action/thriller-supernatural books and so naturally, this book caught my attention.
In the book, Peterfreund mentioned that Astrid(cool name and lead girl by the way) was from the family that always produced the best huntresses, the Llewelyns. However to me, she seemed the same as the rest of the other huntresses; Apart from her archery skills, they're pretty much on equal footings. But the increased speed and agility is really cool all the same.
Astrid didn't strike as a prominent lead cast, just an average American girl who so happens to have descended from extraordinary people. For one, she freaking threw and offered herself to an almost-stranger Italian guy who was just a little sweeter to her than her ex boyfriends, which doesn't say much since all her other ex boyfriends only had one thing in mind - and it doesn't take a phd holder to guess what it is-.- But oh well, i have to give her credit for her courage and determination to do what's needed to be done in the end, and especially her loyalty and empathy towards her cousin, Phillipa(another weird name).
The lead guy, Giovanni, isn't your average prince charming in fighting books like this one, he's (kiiinda) below that. He's just your average teenage guy who, apparently, can't stay out of trouble in school, though unintentionally. He's a right guy, no sex before i know you better and all, haha.
The fighting scenes aren't bad.. It creates a little suspense, thrill and palm-sweat, what with Astrid tearing her way through a whole herd of flesh-eating unicorns.
All in all, a rather average book for me, could have been better tho. It reminds me of Another Faust by Daniel Nayeri( which by the way, isn't in the list of my top 50 favourite books), so maybe those who liked Another Faust can try this one out.
PS. Not my best review because this wasn't the best of books i've read so far and i kind of regret picking it up:/ just saying.....more