Tiger's Curse is more of a 4.5 out of 5 stars for me, just to be clear, because I wouldn't say that I was totally and completely amazed, but I loved it. Okay, how do I start? So this story, as you're all aware of, is about a prince named Dhiren or Ren who was cursed to be a Tiger for the rest of his life. Ren had almost lost faith and given up in breaking the said curse UNTIL Kelsey came to his life and brought back hope after centuries of waiting.
The turn of events has progressed very well as the story unfolded. I have to admit though, the first hundred pages of this book, as the other reviewers here have already mentioned, is slow-paced and seemingly dull. I advise that you keep reading the book albeit the first part drags, because once you reach the part wherein they start the adventure, I'm quite assured that you will be frantic in reading it page after page. I was surprised, actually, to love how the story have evolved from being tedious to being exciting and fascinating.
The story focuses on a romantic-adventure between Ren and Kelsey (and Mr. Kadam, too, though not entirely). I loved all the adventures they had, particularly the last one that took place in the Kingdom of KishKindha because of their little arguments annnnd I find their sarcastic comebacks amusing. Kelsey, as a protagonist, was charming, thoughtful, witty, and lovable until last part. Maybe it's just me, but I am totally vexed on how her character have become in the ending---from being a charming, sweet girl into being a self-pitying, insecure one. I mean, I really don't follow that transformation of her because in the first up to the middle part of the book, she was all this confident, i-don't-care-what-you-think kind of girl, and then in the later part she's become insecure and annoying that when some certain scenes took over, I found myself exclaming a couple of Seriously?!s, Ugh!s and Oh, please! You've got to be kidding me!s. Ren, however, has constantly remained so amiable and so, so sweet (not to mention so SWOON-WORTHY) til the end. Okay, so maybe he has also changed a bit in the later part, but only to be better. I am saddened that he had to undergo Kelsey's what I call "idiotic stage" in the end because he really doesn't deserve to be treated like that at all. Just for the record though, I am rooting for Ren to be with Kelsey. Kishan's okay, but being me, I always go for the 'right guy' so Ren is definitely the one for me. ;)
To sum up, TIGER'S CURSE has been a fun read for me. I'm not ashamed to say that I enjoyed the story a lot despite some of its flaws---which probably means that I'm definitely going to read Tiger's Quest (the second book). I give it a 4.5 Stars, a must-read for my fellow YA Fantasy Romance fanatics!(less)
That's it? I need more; I want more! When is the sequel out? :P
Okay. So at first, I was expecting this to be an average read. Turns out it was more th...moreThat's it? I need more; I want more! When is the sequel out? :P
Okay. So at first, I was expecting this to be an average read. Turns out it was more than that. While I am a bit bothered by the loose ends, suffice it to say the plot does not disappoint---it was far from it. I liked that the characters, despite their past lives and missions, are still constantly in love with each other. It was exciting that there are Döckálfars or the dark fairies to keep the story interesting (though I would really like to know more about them because it was not well explained here in the first book). Plus, I need to know more about Trym and his Döckálfar love interest and what do they have to do with Viggo's wariness, and I want to know the story behind the amber necklace and the woman who sold it.
All in all, it was a good read. A very promising start for a series. Definitely recommended for readers who love a good and exciting fantasy romance, especially fans of Evermore and Immortal Beloved (but instead of immortals, here, we have fairies). So, yes, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.(less)
The Iron King. This book was soooo good that it overrides my uncertainty about fae books in general. I read a fae book once and most people thought the story was oh so good while methinks it was all meh. I know that, occasionally, those books that most YA readers go crazy for just does not appeal to me as much. I'm such a weirdo like that. But anyway, The Iron King has proved to me that there are always these kind of books who could thoroughly please me as greatly as it does most readers. The world that Ms. Kagawa have created was very fascinating and compelling in a way that it was almost vivid. Yes, lots---or should I say, all of them?---of fae books have their own version of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts including this book. But what makes it unique is that the author has combined A Midsummer Night's Dream with it---the characters, the plot, the world, etc---creating a magical and mythical yet very entertaining book.
I have to say that I immensely enjoyed reading it; there was never a dull moment for the story was fast-paced. I've never felt annoyed or even frustrated with the main character, Meghan Chase. Although she's had a crush on her school's most popular jock, and was always tormented by the school's pompom leaders, her character doesn't show any helplessness at all---which is typically the most exasperating characteristic of a main character sometimes. For me, Meghan Chase is a kick-ass heroine for she have this strong determination to do what is right even if it costs her own life.
And Ash....Oh, Ash! He's by far the most swoon-worthy literary crush I have. I LOVE everything about him! His arrogance, his indiferrent-yet-protective quality, his being an actual Ice Prince, his face...RAWR! Er, I just needed to breathe that one out, sorry. What was I saying? Oh, yeah, the book. Right. Uhm, and then there's also Puck, yes, the A Midsummer Night's Dream's Puck, whose always been a good friend of Meghan since childhood. I'm not very fond of him though, but he's not one of those characters that you'll find annoying. In fact, he's always in every amusing part in the book. Of course, there's a love triangle. And while I was never a fan of one, I still appreciate the tension between the three of them.
The plot was very creative and the ending was intense. It was so exciting and was well-thought-of. I loved the idea about the Technology giving birth to the Iron Feys---which made them almost invincible from the Seelie and Unseelie Court's faeries. That it was the human's growing curiosity and advance knowledge about computers and machines are where these Iron Faeries procure their power from. It was a good concept, really.
So, if you haven't gave this series a chance yet, then what on earth are you waiting for? Give it a try! I guarantee that you won't be disappointed. *two thumbs up*
Oh, and did I mention I love everything about Ash? :P(less)
Immortal Beloved is one of the rare YA fantasy romance novels that can easily satisfy me as a reader who loves funny, paranormal romance, without the old and boring cliches. I mean, I have read a couple of books about immortals but none like this.
Usually, the reason why I read books until the very end is because I am hooked on how the love story between the protagonist and his/her love interest works out. But with Immortal Beloved, I'm surprised that I am hooked not only because of their love story, but mostly because of how Nastasya (or Nasty) struggles and copes with all the fear she has from her past. I liked Reyn so much (yeah, I know, the Viking God) because I love it when the guys in the story are always defiant of how they feel and are always hating the protagonist, but deep inside they want them too much. The story focuses more on how Nastasya, a teenage immortal (teenage? right.) dealt over the horror of her old life, and how she managed to apprehend the difference of it with the new life she now has on River's Edge.
I stayed up during the night reading this book because I couldn't put it down, and finished it within two nights. That one day I went to school, I had to put the book down, and all the while I am enthralled to continue reading the book the moment I got home.
Cate Tiernan did very well in writing this book that I've never felt bored reading it. She's done a perfect mix of romance, comedy, and mystery with Immortal Beloved. I found myself cracking up whenever Nasty did a hilarious internal monologue, as well as the heavy sarcasms she always give out. I laughed out loud when I read, "Here stoney stoney stoney...come to mama!" LOL. And the other one with the evil chicken, they were hilarious.
I'm thinking of what I didn't like in this book, but could only think of none. Maybe the only thing I didn't like is that I still have to wait for September to read the second installment in this trilogy, which is Darkness Falls. I am sooo going to wait for that one. There's one part of the book which had a loose end, but then, this is the first book and there's still two other books coming out so it's not much of a big deal.
I am really, really, really looking forward on how will Cate Tiernan tie up the loose end in this book in Darkness Falls. I wanted to know what Incy would do when he finds out where Nasty is and how he's going to react when he finds out that Reyn & Nasty are together. That will be sooooo freaking good. I am officially excited!
Okay, this book completely annoyed the hell out of me. I used to like this series but after reading this, I'm starting to regret it. I mean, helloooo? how much longer are we gonna wait for that to happen? I mean, to create sequels only to delay that? Really, is that the best thing that could happen between Damen and Ever? Isn't there anything more to anticipate rather than just that? Honestly, I didn't like Shadowland because it's boring and disappointing. So there I was, hoping that this will be a lot better. But no, it is anything but. I don't usually skim paragraphs or pages, but I just did it with Dark Flame. I'm getting tired of the delay! The story went uninteresting, really. It's like it went out of hand, out of the main plot. And most of all, Dark Flame made me not to bother reading the book after this. It made me skip Night Star, knowing that it's only going to be just as boring as Shadowland, or worse, just as annoying as this one. So yeah, I'm off to Everlasting, the last book from this series (thank gawd!).
oh, and sorry for the rant. i just can't help it. *shrugs*(less)
Everlasting is the sixth and final book of The Immortals series. I'm not sure what to feel about it, I mean, am I happy that the drag of the story has finally ended? Or am I devastated that the series is over? Maybe I'm in the middle. In Evermore, I have actually become an avid fan of the series. And then there went Blue Moon, which I think, is also an exceptionally written book next to Evermore. I've lost the craze for this series after reading Shadowland, though I think it is not nearly as bad as Dark Flame. After reading Dark Flame though, I've completely lost it. I was totally annoyed on how the story went out of the main plot. I'm fretting about the drag of the story which made me skip the following book, Night Star. In Everlasting though, I can say that I'm very pleased on how the story progressed and ended. I admired how Ever had transformed from this shallow and annoying person (from the previous books), into a strong, independent, and determined girl. I like her persistence all through out the book, which has become fruitful (fruitful--ironic, i know!) in the end. Damen didn't had as much appearance in this book compared to the previous ones, because it's story is more on Ever's journey and her struggle to find the truth. I was fully satisfied with the ending, although it's a bit predictable. (less)
Well, for me, Die For Me is definitely a very romantic story about a depressed girl named Kate, whose parents died from a car accident, and Vincent, a Revenant whose mission in life is to save humans from death by risking theirs. I liked the uniqueness of this story as well as the originality of the characters in it. A couple of times I've heard and read novels about vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, witches, and the like, but never have I stumbled upon hearing or even reading about Revenants. I loved how Amy Plum created an original plot rather than stick with the old and boring cliches. The setting is very romantic along with the most romantic guy (I mean revenant) that is Vincent. I noticed that the narration as well as both Kate & Vincent's words are a bit formal when it is supposedly be cute and sweet. I really liked it, but not enough for me to love it or adore it. So I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
Forgive My Fins. This is a novel perfect for summer reads. I admit, it is my first time to read one about mermaids. Usually, my to-reads comprise mostly of paranormal, magical, and realistic fiction because reading about mermaids makes me feel like its third grade all over again (Little Mermaid? Hello?). BUT, it is safe to say that this particular story has me craving for more (of Quince!), despite myself.
(view spoiler)[Here, we meet the main character, Lily Sanderson, a half-mermaid and the crown princess of Thalassinia. Her father, the King, allowed her to live like a normal girl on land just like her mother, a human, did. Being a mer, she seeks for someone to bond with for-life, and be her future King. Apparently, she's hoping that that someone is her crush, a natural swimmer, Brody Bennett. Quince Fletcher, her archnemesis and neighbor who decided to spend his life ruining Lily's, has become more and more pervasive lately. Lily planned to kiss Brody (the symbol of bonding for life), so that they could go back to Thalassinia and leave the exasperating Quince behind. But things didn't worked out as smoothly as she planned, for that moment she bonded, she's mistaken Quince as Brody. Thus, leaving her bonded with Quince for life. Lily would do anything to get separated from Quince; Even if she drags him to Thalassinia with her and ask the King to concede their separation. She never knew how she really feels toward Quince until her request was granted. Lily never thought how close true love is, when it's right it front of her eyes---mocking her. ;) (hide spoiler)]
I liked this mermaid tale so much. The writing is very clever; Lily's "fishy phraseologies" and "sea slangs" never fail to amuse me. The underwater palace, Thalassinia, was described vividly in a way that makes it easy to imagine it impeccably. Plus, the love story is sooo cute. Quince always teases and bugs Lily in this the-more-you-hate-the-more-you-love kind of way. Soooo, if you haven't marked this one as to-read yet, then you'd better! Forgive My Fins is far too charming and quirky to be missed!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
First, I'd like to say that this book didn't disappoint me. There are lots of YA fiction nowadays that seems oh-so-good to read at first, but when you're finished, you find out it was actually just an 'okay' book. Brightly Woven, isn't one of those.
The main character of the story is Sydelle Mirabil, the best weaver in their water-deprived village. They all believe that the rain can be coaxed by the finest wizards of the Wizard Guards. But when it proved ineffective, they all lost hope. Enter Wayland North, a wizard who brought the rain in with him. He went traveling to search for proofs of the King's murder. A war is approaching between the ruling family's kingdom for the throne right of the deceased King. Sydelle's father demanded that she help North get to the Provincia to tell the Queen about the war. When North discovered who the culprit is throughout their journey, it is up to him and Sydelle to save their own Villages, and their own families.
I have to say that I'm glad for reading a book so thrilling, amusing, and fascinating. Plus, Wayland North is just so.....utterly charming. Definitely a must-read!(less)
I just want to start this review off by saying that this book has a really good and original concept. Some review says it is too similar with The Twilight Saga, but I can say that it is, most certainly, not. I really don't get why they keep comparing books with the said series, when there aren't much of a likeness at all.
Starcrossed, in my opinion, is one exciting and interesting book. Albeit the ending left me quite hanging in a cliff, the whole plot was bracing, most especially the climax. I liked the idea of The Furies in the story, as well as the story's connection with The Fall of Troy.
All in all, Starcrossed is definitely worth reading. Looking forward to read the next sequel. :)(less)
Unlike The Iron King, Winter Passage is a prequel to the second book, which is The Iron Daughter, with only 59 pages long.
After the conquest of saving her brother from the iron king Machina with the help of Prince Ash, Meghan found herself on a journey to Tir Na Nog in honor to her and Ash's contract: Ash will help her save her brother if she go with him willingly to Tir Na Nog. His Queen (and mother) wants Meghan---whether as a guest or as a prisoner, Meghan did not know. Since it is not a surprise that they have developed feelings toward each other during their journey in the Iron Realm, Ash started regretting the bargain he made with her for he doesn't want Meghan to fall under the hands of the Unseelie Court. But, to honor her end of bargain, Meghan insisted that they go nonetheless. In the course of their travel, however, they have encountered an unexpected danger as they were being hunted by an ancient and powerful creature.
It was a good prequel novella for The Iron Daughter for it narrates to the reader what had happened to them before they reach Tir Na Nog; and as to what had been the Seelie King's (her father) reaction when he was informed of his daughter's destination. The chase was thrilling because the reader doesn't know, entirely, what creature the characters were dealing with and what will happen next. AND, the twist was good, I really had no idea.
BUT, the only thing that has bothered me a bit is the ending, when they finally faced the aforementioned creature. I was a little disappointed, to put it mildly, that the fearsome creature they've been running from is.....wait for it....The Big Bad Wolf. As in, Red Riding Hood's big bad wolf. I find it a tad, er, ridiculous. Because I was expecting more of an ancient and evil creature that guards the woods they're passing through....something like that. But then, there you have it; they're running from The Big Bad Wolf. XD(less)
So I finished it, FINALLY! Hell. I've been so eager to finish this book, not because it's very exciting that you can't put it down, no -- I felt exactly the complete opposite of that. I loved Evermore and Bluemoon, but Shadowland? I don't think so. Not that I hate it, just that it's sort of disappointing for me, it doesn't even satisfy any of the loose ends from Bluemoon. In Evermore, I thought Ever is kind, and smart, and selfless. Then in Bluemoon, I thought she's still the same though she made a huge mistake. But in Shadowland? I thought Ever has become this shallow and annoying person. She makes new mistakes all the time, she makes the wrong decisions because she's keeping everything to herself. Really, it became uhm... boring? Though once you started reading it, I guarantee that you'll surely get yourself into finishing it till the very end. But other than that, yeah, it's boring, really. *sigh* I just hope Dark Flame is a lot better than this one.(less)
Before reading Blue Moon, I hoped it will be as good as Evermore. But now that I've finished reading it, I'd say that it's officially as good as the first book. If it weren't for the huge cliffhanger in the end of the book, I'd say that Blue Moon is a tad better. I like the mix of immortality, magic, mystery, and romance between the characters in this book. A new character is introduced, though not as violent as the antagonist from the first book. Both Damen and Ever faces a consequence of her huge mistake in the end. (less)
Angel. I think it deserves a three-star rating and I will tell you why. I liked the idea of a different take about Angels, but the relationship between the two main characters was just not compelling, at least for me.
Angel was such a refresher from all the clichéd YA angel fictions nowadays. Its different take on Angels is a really intriguing and original concept. However, the story became a little dull in the middle part of the book when Alex and Willow acknowledged their feelings toward each other, because I was simply not absorbed. The lines were just too mediocre for my taste, thus unconvincing. And in my opinion, the author dragged their "cabin" moments a little too long that I start losing interest with the whole "saving the world from angels" plot.
And another thing, I feel like the climax didn't suffice. I mean, they've spent time pondering the whole "saving the world" shebang, but then in the end, when they finally had a way to destroy the angels, they found out that it doesn't really work? It's like they wasted time and effort for nothing. What's worse is that they didn't do anything about it. It's like: Oh well, it didn't work. Let's get out of here, then. Better luck next time!
Okay, I apologize for ranting, I wasn't meaning to. But, too bad, I really liked the refreshing new concept of Angels; it could have been a great story, really.(less)