AHHHHHH! That is the only way I can think to put my excitement into words as I sit down to try to write a quick review.
First of all, freaking historic...moreAHHHHHH! That is the only way I can think to put my excitement into words as I sit down to try to write a quick review.
First of all, freaking historical fiction for the win! I think we as an entire YA community do not read enough/have enough historical fiction. I absolutely loved being transported into a completely different time and place- one that was very real at one time in history!
Our main character, Ismae (love that name), has dealt with some MEAN, rugged men in her life, namely her father and her "betrothed." So, when she mysteriously gets swooped away to a convent involved with the dealings of death one night, she is not opposed. In fact, Ismae learns that her dance with death in her mother's womb (her mother drank poison when she was pregnant with Ismae to try to "expel her from her womb." yuck.) was not just a coincidence. Apparently, death would not allow her to die and "sired" her in order to do his work. It is revealed to her that she has special abilities in order to help her deal death more efficiently. Example: she is immune to all poison.
Towards the beginning of the book, Ismae literally JUMPS at any chance to do st. mortain's work by killing one he has marqued. However, quickly after her first kills, Ismae is assigned a job that will change her life forever.
The romance is amazing. The love she gains for unexpected people is touching. And the mystery, action, and excitement is amazing. Even the longer parts in the middle did not bore me. I was glued to the book the entire time I was reading it and just LOVED it.
The Main Idea: THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. It includes a love triangle I actually like, drama, suspense, and romance. Pi...moreSO SO SO good. I can't get over it.
The Main Idea: THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. It includes a love triangle I actually like, drama, suspense, and romance. Pick it up regardless of whether you like paranormal or not!
Y'all... I love this series. Unearthly was great, but Hallowed blew me away! Who would have thought I would love an angel book so much.
When I read Unearthly, I couldn't decide which team I was on. Team Tucker or team Christian?! But as much as I loved Tucker, I couldn't help but feel that Clara was supposed to be with Christian. You find out more in this book which one she must/will choose. While a lot of people were saying there wasn't a whole lot of Tucker in this book, I noticed him in there a lot! The battle for Clara definitely heats up between the two boys and her choice gets even harder.
One thing I loved about this book is that SO many questions were answered. It was actually a huge relief. I hate not knowing what is going on. Some of the revelations were seriously SHOCKING, and one particular revelation about had me in tears (which is big, because i NEVER cry in books). This revelation carries big weight in this story, and really puts a serious emotional twist on the book.
I could go on forever, but long reviews are rather...well... long. So, that is all I will say for now. But, please, if you have read Unearthly, go pick up Hallowed now!(less)
So. Heartbreaking. Yet, So. Good. I knew I would be upset with myself for letting this sit on my shelves for two years. It was just so bleak. And tell...moreSo. Heartbreaking. Yet, So. Good. I knew I would be upset with myself for letting this sit on my shelves for two years. It was just so bleak. And telling. I could not and do not want to imagine myself in Lina's place. This book made me so thankful for my cozy bed and never knowing the feeling of real hunger. My only complaint is that the ending was too fast for me. I wanted to know the hows and whys but it kind of leaves that out. But, that aside, SO SO GOOD.(less)
Wow guys. This book.. just WOW. Going into it, I had absolutely NO real idea of what it was about. And for that, I am glad. And, because of that, this...moreWow guys. This book.. just WOW. Going into it, I had absolutely NO real idea of what it was about. And for that, I am glad. And, because of that, this will be quite a short review because I do not want to spoil it for the rest of you!
That being said, I can still tell you that this book was just heart-breakingly amazing. (I know that's not really a word.. oh well.) For one thing, there are SO many characters. And it's not just dual point of view; it's from the point of view of at least 10 different people- focusing mainly on a select few. It was fun getting to hear and read things from various sides of the story.
It could be considered your typical middle-high class girl meets poor boy, and they fall in love kind of story- but it isn't. All I can say is that if you are looking for a truly beautiful albeit heart wrenching at times story, PLEASE pick this one up to read. I was amazed.
Main Idea: Whoa. This book was C-R-A-Z-Y. And I loved it. Fast paced, action packed, and emotionally charged- this book is a fast and very enjoyable r...moreMain Idea: Whoa. This book was C-R-A-Z-Y. And I loved it. Fast paced, action packed, and emotionally charged- this book is a fast and very enjoyable read.
At the beginning, though, I wasn't so sure about it. I mean, the writing is pretty, but it was almost TOO lyrical and poetic for me. I am more of a "get to the point" kind of person, and those beautiful words definitely took some time! So, yeah, I thought it was kind of weird at first. But you definitely get used to it.
We start the book with a very, very lonely protagonist (Juliette) who really has hardly had any human contact in her life. You know, because she can kill anyone with her touch. She has been in an isolated cell for 264 days until they throw some boy (Adam) in with her. Things start happening from there.
Although this book does have the typical framework of a dystopian (harsh, controlling government- people who want to rebel), it was SO UNIQUE. I never saw ANY of it coming. I loved it oh so much. It is fast paced, action packed, and a little steamy at times! I would highly, highly recommend this book. (less)