Hex Hall is such a deliciously fun read! After all the hype surrounding it, I was really scared of what to expec...moreReview also posted on The Paper Planes
Hex Hall is such a deliciously fun read! After all the hype surrounding it, I was really scared of what to expect, but Hex Hall delivers with the desired effect I was initially hoping for!
It's not often that I come across a main character that is solely responsible for my love of a novel, but Sophie Mercer fulfills all my expectations of a perfect protagonist. She's funny for one thing! But she's also not the kind of girl who withers under the glare of a popular Queen Bee witch. And insta-love? Well, when the first thing the hottest guy in the school hears you say is "BAD DOG," I doubt their first reaction would be to fall madly in love with you. So yay for a realistic romance!
And My God, Archer. He's like a cross between Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss and Jace from The Mortal Instruments which is, I must say, the creation of the most swoon-worthy guy in fictional history. He's funny, witty, snarky and knows the girls love him and hell, all you readers will love him. Hex Hall just gets ten times better whenever he walks into a scene!
Did I mention that Hex Hall is hilariously funny? Yes? Well, that is totally justified. I mean, if Hawkins pulls out sentence after sentence of witty dialogue and expects us to keep a straight face then she is an absolutely terrible writer. Because NOOO, I found myself laughing my heart out while reading this! And while there's still that first little crush that Sophie tries to fling out of her system, if there are quotes like "Archer isn't hot anymore… He tired to kill me, and his girlfriend is Satan," then I'm pretty fine with the whole in-denial thing.
Aside from all the laughs though, there are darker elements to the story and a mystery that will leave your head spinning. It's not all fluffy witch spells, there is murder and death involved and while you know there's definitely something strange happening, you have no idea who to put the blame on. It's not heavy on the dark and dreadful though and still retains the humor that Hex Hall is so well known for throughout most of the book!
Overall, Hex Hall is undoubtedly one of my all-time favorites. I just finished Demonglass and my review of that will be up soon, but seriously guys, though I know I myself have been living under a rock, if you haven't read this yet, I seriously suggest you do!(less)
There were a number of things about Angelfall that had me wary of reading it. Firstly, someone mentioned it was...moreReview also posted on The Paper Planes
There were a number of things about Angelfall that had me wary of reading it. Firstly, someone mentioned it was partly horror and I'm probably the most squeamish person you will ever meet. Then, there's the fact that it's by an indie author and it's about angels, both of which I have had terrible experiences with. Well, if you're thinking along those lines as well then this is all I can say -- SCREW IT. Because really? Angelfall is a masterpiece with hardly enough recognition.
Penryn is a born survivor. With her sister's wheelchair condition and her dangerous lunatic mother, she's learnt to handle herself well on her own. She's only seventeen but she's mature beyond her years and she can seriously kick butt when needed! She also has that sense of realness to her as in, the author does well not to crank the wittiness in this to the highest level possible. As much as I love laughing at witty retorts, I also do care to see the occasional awkward comeback. Like a lot of strong protagonists, Penryn has a fierce loyalty to protect those she cares about and in this case, it's directed towards her family. Her resolve to find her sister no matter what is truly touching and while her mother is one hell of a crazy psycho, she genuinely cares for her daughters. Not only is Angelfall a book about a forbidden romance between an angel and a human in an end-of-the-world scenario, it's also a book that shows just how strong family relations can make us.
Raffe, in all his angel glory, is definitely one of the better fictional love interests out there. He's beautiful and cocky without being a jerk and how Susan accomplished that is beyond me! While we don't get his POV, it's easy to sympathize for the poor broken angel who got his wings cut off. I loved his relationship with Penryn. They literally both hate each other at the beginning which makes it fun to watch them grow protective and close to each other as the story progresses. It's a slow budding romance with just the right amount of romantic tension. There are those scenes where you just want to go "HURRY UP AND DO IT" at them!
I've read plenty of books that don't even come close to comparing itself with Angelfall. Self-published? You can hardly tell! The writing is superb, written like a true professional and Susan most definitely knows how to tell a good story. It's easy to envision Penryn's surrounding's as she travels through the remains of Northern California. Without the whole angel aspect, you can almost imagine a time when our world might face the same destruction as in Angelfall. And horror? Well, there is flesh-eating and mentions of severed body parts and a whole heap of grotesque gory scenes but it's nothing really more than that. I mean, that's sort of like what happens in all post-apocalyptic books nowadays anyway right?
Overall, Angelfall left me with huge hope for indie-authors and angels. I'm looking forward to what else Susan Ee can bring to the YA genre and oh-so-desperately awaiting the sequel to this amazing book! Those of you who are fed up with books like Fallen and Halo (haven't read it but've head nasty things about it so I probably wont read it anyway) should definitely try this one out!(less)
Ugh, that was so sweet it hurts. Who knew that five people narrating as if they were doing a running commentary could be this compelling? Be...more4.5 stars!
Ugh, that was so sweet it hurts. Who knew that five people narrating as if they were doing a running commentary could be this compelling? Because I'm telling you now that had it been any other book, I probably would have thrown it out the window. The writing style was so simplistic but it just totally, freaking worked. And the romance? Swoooooooon.(less)