WOW. I haven't read an amazing book like this in a while. Loved the writing. Loved the plot. Loved the characters. I basically loved everything about...moreWOW. I haven't read an amazing book like this in a while. Loved the writing. Loved the plot. Loved the characters. I basically loved everything about this book.(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)
Yet again, E.L. James did not fail to enrapture me with Fifty Shades' second installment.
Now, I believe I may have been Completely and Utterly S...moreOH MY.
Yet again, E.L. James did not fail to enrapture me with Fifty Shades' second installment.
Now, I believe I may have been Completely and Utterly Smitten (C&US)---read the book to get the inside joke---with Mr. Grey from book one, but it seems like I've really fallen much more for him this time, if possible. He's just being much MORE: "Do you know how much you mean to me?", "You are my lifeline.", "I'm doing this because I've finally met someone I want to spend the rest of my life with."... Oh it just makes my heart melt! But of course, he's still the same overprotective and over-the-top jealous of Ana's guy friends.
Ana, on the other hand, have grown maturely in this book when it comes to her decisions. But she still makes me feel a wee bit frustrated sometimes when she mentally argues with herself about how she felt towards everything that's happened. Most especially when Christian revealed his "darkest" secret to her. Frankly, I'm not really surprised because it was evident from his previous actions (I hope I don't give much away with that)... Good thing she has her "subconscious" to rationalize her thinking.
While their relationship on book one is more on BDSM, it have evolved into something MUCH more here in Fifty Shades Darker. And with "much more", I'm talking about hearts and flowers in here. I really loved that they are open with each other; they acknowledge each other's opinion in every decision they make whenever it concerns their relationship. But, accompanying all these is also a much darker Christian Grey. I really was a little disappointed with book one because of the loose ends, plus the cliff hanger ending. In this book, though, every question I had in Fifty Shades of Grey were all answered. In addition, all the climax were really intense---and I'm not talking about their climax (Haha! I really don't know where I'm going with that). Anyway, I think the book has many different highlights, which I think is a treat because you don't get a lot of exciting parts in a single book these days. Plus, the main climax caught me off guard. I was basking with the aftermath of their passionate feelings toward each other and then suddenly, BAM! The climax is there. And the whole scene was riveting.
I LOVED every moment reading this book. If you've read the first book already, I know that you take my meaning if I say that this book is like an addicting drug, because like the first book, I couldn't put it down once I started reading it---which makes for my lack of sleep today. But, I wouldn't say that I regret spending the night reading it, because it really was worth it. Christian Grey, getting all hearts and flowers and revealing his darkest secret...isn't that the most tempting? Go on, read it right away! I know you want to... ;)(less)
Aw, shucks. This book had me crying happy tears! I didn't expect to love the story this much... Albeit the story was told in verse, the idea of the wh...moreAw, shucks. This book had me crying happy tears! I didn't expect to love the story this much... Albeit the story was told in verse, the idea of the whole plot was very well expressed. Plus, I felt like I've also experienced every emotion Marcie was feeling all the while. It is just exactly my sort of contemporary book. A little romance here, family dysfunction there, mix it with music and a hottt rock band vocalist love interest, and there you have it. Definitely one of my faves!(less)
The flow of the story is a wee bit similar to Lover Awakened and Twilight. And NO, it is not PNR. Before reading this---okay, during the first few pag...moreThe flow of the story is a wee bit similar to Lover Awakened and Twilight. And NO, it is not PNR. Before reading this---okay, during the first few pages of the book---I honestly believed that this is going to be a Paranormal Romance. What with the whole "I'm not the man for you because I'm dangerous" shebang, it lead me to believe that maybe, just maybe, Christian is also a vampire. But NO, he wasn't...and I was crestfallen! (No, not really) That didn't stop me from liking this book, though. It was everything I wished Twilight was. HAHA. I know, that doesn't sound right. But, whatever. I wished Twilight was not YA, so E.L. James made my wish come true by writing this novel. I said that it was also a little similar to Lover Awakened because of the hot scenes, plus the depth of the story. Fifty Shades of Grey wasn't all about a hot and passionate love story, but also about the ability of love to heal even the most deeply scarred or---from Christian himself---even a fifty shades of f#@$ed up. I loved that it's also about the irrelevance of material things when it comes to happiness. While the story was intense, it also had me giggling at some parts. AND, the emails were very entertaining. I loved that, despite his horrific past, Christian still tries so hard to give Ana "more" than what he thinks he's capable of. The gliding part was oh-so-romantic! *sigh*
While I loved the book, I can't give it a 5-star rating due to the parts of the book that I found annoying. Like, Ana's "inner goddess". I hated her. I think she's the epitome of Ana's shallow and irrational side. Another reason is because I struggle to connect with the story itself because it all feels like a fairy tale to me---a dark, erotic fairy tale, that is. Plus, it left me feeling frustrated for not knowing why Christian is fifty shades of f#@$ed up. Maybe E.L. James will reveal that on the next book, but still.(less)
Okay, that was exhilarating! Wow, really, I thought I'd be disappointed with this book, but clearly I am not. I was thinking that it's actually better than the first book, which I so loved, and that's saying a lot.
Basically, I loved the plot, the love story, the main character, and most of all, the climax. Whenever I finish reading a book, I always evaluate and rate it depending on how I liked those four. With Darkness Falls, why, yes, of course I'd give it five stars! And here are the reasons why:
1. The Plot. Even from the first book, I did love the plot of this series. What with the main character's struggle to know her real self, learning magick, the fab partying with her friends (Incy, Boz, Katy, and Cicely), complicated love story, complicated best friend, the horrible flashbacks, and the mundane chores at River's Edge---yes, please. I find the whole plot refreshing. And much more now, in this second installment, because everything was heightened.
2. The Love story. Okay, so maybe this is the only part that didn't reach my expectations but, to hell with it, the story's still good! I admit, I had developed a little bit of feelings for Incy---before the whole fiasco, that is. Or maybe even then. And I think I might like him more than Reyn. Shut up. :P I like guys who are more affectionate than those who are just "drawn". It's just too cliche for me. :/
3. Nastasya. I LOVED her character so much! I loved her witticisms, her style, her humor...okay, essentially, I LOVED Cate Tiernan's writing style here, because IT WAS NEVER BORING. Anyway, I also loved her ability to learn from her mistakes (in the end), and how she transformed from being a callous and capricious girl to this matured and determined woman.
4. And lastly, the Climax. I am not going to spoil anything here by giving out any hint on how it all turned out, of course. But I'm going to say this: It was exhilarating, if a bit predictable.
So, there you have it. I hope you'd be more convinced to read this series, because it's really worth it.
Here are my expectations for the next and final installment of this trilogy: (view spoiler)[ **While it was said later on this book that Incy was sent to River's aunt to be "healed", I fervently hope that Cate Tiernan will bring him back on the story. **A love triangle. I'm hoping for more love story, and so I'm looking forward to a love triangle, which is a first, because I hate love triangles. And I WANT it to be Reyn + Nasty + the "healed" Innocencio.
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So I've finally given this series a chance. I've been seeing this book's cover on my friends' shelves very often lately, but paid it no attention 'cause I thought the cover's a little too over-the-top (and cheesy). BUT, my curiosity got the best of me so I gave it a try and was reminded: Never judge a book by its cover.
Vampire Shift is about a 20-year-old police constable Kiera Hudson, the MC, who is recently assigned to investigate a very strange town called The Ragged Cove. There, she met her new colleagues, Murphy, Potter, and the eye-catching constable Luke Bishop. Kiera has a gift of seeing what other people can't---not like having a third-eye sort of gift, but more of being a very keen observer; that she notices every clue there is behind a crime scene that other investigators miss. With that said, Kiera is fully confident that she can and will solve the mystery behind the murders in The Ragged Cove. That is, until she found out that the answer to the said mystery is quite the opposite of everything she've concluded.
The story was really UNpredictable, at least for me. During the first few pages, I was rolling my eyes because I thought I have figured everything out by that time. I thought I was one step ahead of the main character in solving the mystery---which is, as you know, very annoying because nothing seems surprising anymore---but, boy, I was so wrong. I even came to a point wherein, like the main character, I don't know who and what to believe in anymore. Like, I'm doubting every character in the book because I was so clueless as who the culprit/s are. Another thing that I liked the most about this book, apart from the twist and turns of the story, is that every question I've had while reading it were answered; there were completely no loose ends. Except, of course, the cliff hanger in the end (but that's okay because there are sequels for that). And, I must point out that I liked Potter more than Luke, just sayin'. :P
So, if you haven't given this book a chance yet, then trust me my fellow booknerd, that this series is not to be missed!(less)