Gravity surprised me. I wasn't sure what to expect, after all, aliens are not in my confort z...more**You can find more reviews in my blog, Librarian Mouse**
Gravity surprised me. I wasn't sure what to expect, after all, aliens are not in my confort zone but, well, after reading Obsidian my horizon grew even more. And I'm glad it did, otherwise I wouldn't have read this great book.
The characters: - Ari Alexander, our female main character, is one kickass girl. Tough, strong, determined. She was raised to lead, to become one of the next Legacy leaders in this future world. Soon she will be Commander, just like her dad. And she can handle everything you toss at her feet, or die trying. - Jackson, the male main character, is as we soon discover, part of the Ancients and therefore enemy of our world. But he has secrets. Secrets he wants to share with Ari to prevent a war that will destroy not only the whole human race but also two things he treasures most. - Lawrence is not the male main character but he is another Legacy. He goes to school with Ari, Gretchen (Ari's bestfriend) and Jackson and, you know, he is going to be the next President. And did I mention he is going to be Ari's future husband too? An arranged marriage to unite both their powers, of course.
I'm sure you will sympathize, if not with all the characters, with most of them. Especially because they all give depth to the plot. This is a book full of diverse characters with each a different personality.
The plot: What I loved the most about this book is that the adults are the ones "in control" of what's going on... or so they think. Yes, as always, they are doing a big mess threatening to destroy everything we love just because they are greedy and afraid of what they don't understand BUT you want to know the good thing? They have kids! Yes! And trust me, we are lucky they exist. As future leaders most of the main characters try to do their best in order to prevent both races annihilation. And for better or worse I understood their decisions. Maybe I didn't agree with all they did but I was able to see why they did certain things.
But although I love the plot I had a little problem with one thing: there is no proper foundation. At least not for me. I mean, what exactly happened to our world that it ended up needing the help of aliens in the first place? What happened to the countries and why is almost everybody so poor? I think that in my head I would have prefer to imagine this as a whole different world from the beginning.
As for the romance part right now you may think there's going to be a love triangle (and, if you are like me, you may be a little tired of those) but don't worry, Melissa made sure to entertain and offer a very well thought book. Soon you will find yourself cheering for each couple's happiness.
Overall I can only say that this book was great. A perfect mix between dystopia and sci-fi that will keep you reading until the very end. And then wanting more. Much more. And I know the book is kind of short, but don't let it fool you, it's packed with information from the very first page and very fast paced.(less)
Actually, if I could, I would give this books 6 stars. Or even 7. That's how much I loved it. Hopefully, in the near future, I'll write a proper review...moreActually, if I could, I would give this books 6 stars. Or even 7. That's how much I loved it. Hopefully, in the near future, I'll write a proper review of all the books but since Christmas is approaching I need to organize things^^U(less)
I've heard so many wonderful things about this book that at first I was a bit worried that it wouldn't live up to my expectations and actually held my...moreI've heard so many wonderful things about this book that at first I was a bit worried that it wouldn't live up to my expectations and actually held myself back a little bit putting other books before Exiled. Major mistake ever. After 50 or so pages into the story all I could think was "Remember not to listen to yourself ever again, Alaiel..."
Because yes, Exiled was everything I was hoping to be and much more. Cliche, I know, but what can I say that hasn't been said before? I mean, let's make a quick check list here: Action? Check. Humor? Check. Sarcasm? Double check. Character development? Check. Drama? Check. (And boy, did I cry here so much...) Promising sequel? You bet!
If that is not enough (and I know it's not and that you actually want a proper review that makes sense, but bear with me a little more) we have a wicked plot. No kidding. I love RPG games as much as any guy out there, and you are probably wondering what does that have anything to do with the book, right? Elemental powers. That's it. Elemental powers are a big part of this book, in fact, almost everything spins around it. Who doesn't want to control fire, water, air or earth?! It just sounds so much like a game that I love it. You see, when Chase Williams -our cocky main character- discovers that he doesn't have an Elemental power his whole life just crumbles down. His father, a legend within his species -a cold bastard if you ask me- turns his back on him and Chase's mom alleging that he can't be his son. Therefore they are cast out.
A few years later Chase and his mom are living among us. Life is hard since they have to work a lot in order to survive and everyday brings out a new fight with Underwolders that want to claim they killed Riley Williams' son. Between being cast out and the fighting Chase is now a boy that loves his mom but doesn't trust in anyone else and boils in anger. And to be honest, you can't blame him.
But then he meets a member of the Circle, one that was supposed to be dead, actually. And he is fighting alongside a young girl, a witch. Turns out that Marcus has a lot of information to share with Chase. Not only the Circle is hiding a lot of dark secrets but some of the Underwolders they hunt down and kill without hesitation could be innocent. Or as innocent as a they can be.
Fighting to keep it cool Chase doesn't want to hear Marcus out, after all, his whole life could haven been based upon a lie but despise his hesitation he listens to his mother (the only person capable of putting some sense into him) and decides to cooperate with Marcus and Rayna, the witch girl that is actually half hunter too.
Together they will investigate the disappearance of a lot of Underworlders, specially when the traces seem to go back to the Circle.
Personal opinion: By now you all know that I enjoyed Exiled a whole lot. How couldn't I? So I'm just going to add some info.
One of the things I liked best was the fact that the characters developed throughout the whole book, specially Chase. At the beginning he was this cocky guy that thought he could handle anything and that didn't really think things through, he just reacted. Granted, he is strong and brave but to be a worthy fighter you need more than that. And although stubborn (to the point you will want to hit him hard) he is still open enough to listen and learn from his mistakes. Besides, as it turns out, I enjoyed seeing the story from his POV.
Then of course we have Rayna. Boy, oh boy... was she kick-a**. I like this girl a lot, she doesn't take sh*t from Chase or anybody. She is strong, sassy, reliable and very smart. Maybe at the beginning her relationship with Chase was a mess because neither of them trusted in the other but by half the book they both knew very well that the other was willing to give his/her life for the other.
As for the romance part, there's really not much about it but you won't miss it at all because there are so many things going on that friendship seems like the best option right now. Plus, I'm sure something is going to happen between them soon. And the waiting helps to create more expectation, haha.
And don't get me started with the vast variety of races and creatures going on here! Humans, witches, demons, vampires, hunters, goblins, werecats... I'm not sure how but Mr. Merrick managed to make them all work nicely for the plot, every little piece engaged with the other creating a whole cast that hold the story perfectly together.
Although bittersweet the ending was so good that the sequel, Shift, is next in my TBR pile.(less)
Our main character, Max, is a very normal and simple girl that is sometimes bullied by the cool girls of her class, like Jaycee, who likes tormenting...moreOur main character, Max, is a very normal and simple girl that is sometimes bullied by the cool girls of her class, like Jaycee, who likes tormenting her a little too much. And everything begins the day Brie (Max's best friend) tells Max to step up and defend herself... which ends with them all in Detention.
During Detention and while Max is trying not to stare at Cory (her sort of love interest) the sound system of the school turns on and the Principal begins to shout that zombies are taking the school and are killing everyone they find in their way. The last sentence he pronounces, before he is eaten, will give you the chills.
This is when all hell breaks loose and everything changes for the ones inside the Detention class. No one will get out of it alive. And that's not their biggest problem. The real problem is, what happens when a zombie realizes he can't read anymore? No one will give them an answer to that, specially because Proctor (some sort of clever guy wearing a white doctor's coat) takes away everyone that starts acting like a real zombie (scary/crazy face, muttering and shouting Brains! like it's the new trend) and they never come back.
And when Brie leaves the room with a look of desperation behind her crazy-zombie-mode-turned-on Max takes a decision. After all, she is already dead, right?
Once again I was struck by Rusty's ability to create so many wonderful characters that I grew to care about in such a short time. And zombies, teenage zombies to be more precise. That's even more fantastic 'cause zombies are not my cup of tea. Except for Rusty's. He has an extraordinary way of presenting them and their personality that's it's impossible not to like them.
This book would be a great addition for all lovers of zombie books. Detention of the Living Dead is not too long and it has the right amount of adventures, surprises and troubles to keep your reading until the end in one sit.(less)
Seriously speaking people, aren't you tired of the constant books about vampires, werewolves,...more**You can find more reviews in my blog, Librarian Mouse**
Seriously speaking people, aren't you tired of the constant books about vampires, werewolves, angels and demons? I mean, they are a HUGE constant right now. And I'm getting a little bit overwhelmed to be honest. That's why, when I saw the chance (my chance!) to be part of this blog tour I knew I had to participate.
I mean, who hasn't heard the story about King Arthur and Merlin? Or about the roundtable? Or even watched that Disney movie that captured my heart? Damsels in distress and dragons, fights and quests, love and betrayal... Yes, I love these stories.
And a young Merlin?! A sexy, protective and powerful Merlin? Trust me, you will soon forget about the old man with the long beard (but don't let him go too far away, okay?). This time Merlin is back to find and protect the reincarnation of King Arthur and deliver him to the Stone.
Because yes, the Stone is back too. In fact it appeared in the middle of London attracting thousands of people all around the world who want to have a chance at pulling the Sword out of it. What they don't know is that something came following the Stone... Gargoyles and dragons are lurking around, waiting for the right moment to strike, kill and destroy everything between them and their chance to get Excalibur.
Only Merlin can sense and find the Candidates and this story is about Ryan, a girl that lost her mom not too long ago and now is living with her mother's best friend, Sylvia, and her soon-to-be-brothers, Alexa and Grey.
A terrible loss will trigger Ryan and Grey's decision to go with Matt (Merlin's incarnation... sort of) even if he drives Ryan crazy with his double personality -a few weeks ago he dumped her with a text message and now he is everywhere she looks- and is always pushing Grey's buttons just to make him angry.
And let's not forget about the love triangle (very interesting and I think necessary), the fights, the magic and the tension between characters. Yes, I loved this book. It's different, quick and funny. The plot is great, the characters are intriguing and the twists will make you second guess yourself a lot. By the end of the book I'm sure you will want to read the second part right away!(less)