This series is simply amazing. I honestly cannot get enough of it. Stacey Rourke has created a world unlike anything I have ever read before. I knew bThis series is simply amazing. I honestly cannot get enough of it. Stacey Rourke has created a world unlike anything I have ever read before. I knew before I even began reading Crane that the Legends Saga was going to be something special. I knew that I would never see the original stories the same way again.
Everything that happens in the first two books has lead to the events that take place in Steam. Somehow Rourke has a way of writing these books and incorporating some of my most favorite stories and passions. In Crane, it was Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman. In Raven, it was Edgar Allan Poe and The Raven. In Steam, everything came to a head with the Salem Village Witch Trials and The Scarlet Letter.
In high school, when my fellow classmates and peers were growing bored with these books and stories, I was completely enthralled with each of their tales and lore.
Steam definitely was not a disappointment for me. The characters have all been perfectly crafted and intricated into each setting with amazing skill. It's mystifying how well Stacey Rourke twists and turns all of these people and places, legends, if you will, and makes them work for her.
Aside from Salem, witches, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter and the characters we already know and love, we finally get to learn more about H.G. Wells, who was introduced in the previous book in the series, and find out more about the role his character plays in the grand scheme of things. We get to learn more about his past and his motivation for setting all these events into motion. I think it's amazing how this entire story and the characters are tied to the lost village of Roanoke and how Ireland and her gang have to travel there (by using some nifty new gadgets!) to take care of the newest Big Baddie.
It was heartbreaking to see how quickly and deeply someone could be scarred and affected by their idea of betrayal and ow one moment can change the world so much. Pain and betrayal played a big part in this book and, though surrounded by action, it was really sad and tugged at your heartstrings.
The Legends Saga is definitely one that I will return to in the future and I can't wait to see what Rourke has up her sleeve for us in the next installment!
Oh, and I freakin' LOVE the very last line in this book. It was legendary.
Rating: 5 Stars. Favorite Character: Honestly? I love every single freakin' character in this book. Although... I do find myself drawn more to Ridley. I'd love to see more of his character. ;)...more
Oh, it's been way too long since I last read a Fear Street book. The nostalgia is hitting me hardcore. As I was growing up, R.L. Stine was my favoriteOh, it's been way too long since I last read a Fear Street book. The nostalgia is hitting me hardcore. As I was growing up, R.L. Stine was my favorite author and Fear Street was my favorite book series. I can't help but be extremely ecstatic that he has begun writing books for the series again!
So, Haunted is number seven in the Fear Street series. I loved the cover for this one and I knew that I had to read it so that I could post the review during October. This is one of the Fear Street books that I had never actually read so I was excited to get into it.
I admit that there were moments when Melissa, the main character, kind of got on my nerves. At times, I felt like she was kind of unreasonable and annoying. But not as bad as Buddy, her boyfriend. I hate to say that he was pretty reminiscent of some actual teenage boys because he was pushy, rude, and kind of self-centered, but it's the truth.
One character that I did really like was Paul. Although he was a pretty big jerk and had an alcohol problem and issues with anger, I found him very interesting. It was obvious that there was more to his story and it makes me wish that the Fear Street books were bigger and longer so that I could figure him out. Or, maybe, he's simply not meant to be figured out?
The story itself was pretty good. It was pretty easy to figure out but these books are never super duper complicated.
Overall, it had it's issues but it was just as equally as amazing as I remember R.L. Stine's books to be.
(This review was originally written in 2013 but never posted). I've had this series on my TBR pile for years, literally. Ever since I discovered Anne R(This review was originally written in 2013 but never posted). I've had this series on my TBR pile for years, literally. Ever since I discovered Anne Rice and my love for her and her writing.
I'm a sucker for good erotica and, just like many people, became obsessed with Fifty Shades of Grey. There has been a lot of comparing of these two books in their marketing campaigns and I really don't like that at all. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty is on a whole different level than Fifty Shades of Grey and have to admit that, even for me, it was a bit much when I first began reading.
But, of course, as with every other thing Anne Rice, I got sucked into the story and read the entire book in one sitting (minus one chapter).
I'm heading straight into Beauty's Punishment and I can't wait to find out where Beauty ends up in this scary kingdom of sex.
Favorite Characters: The Prince & Beauty. Rating: 4 Stars...more
Gaia is the second book in the Wings of War series by Karen Ann Hopkins. The book takes off immediately where Embers, the first book, ended and I realGaia is the second book in the Wings of War series by Karen Ann Hopkins. The book takes off immediately where Embers, the first book, ended and I really liked that. These books are action packed and filled with content. By starting the book off exactly where the other stopped, it allows ou to continue the story without skipping a beat, especially if you're reading the books back to back like I did.
In Embers we discovered the world of watchers and demons but, in Gaia, we're thrown headfirst into the deep end of the watcher world with the introduction of Insepth, Ember's new mentor. Being surrounded by watchers seems the perfect place for Ember but we quickly learn that everyone has their own secrets and that not everyone is who they say - or think - they are.
Aside from Insepth, we meet a lot of new people in Gaia. A mansion full of watchers, angels, demons, growlers, humans. We even get to spend more time with Piper and learn the greater role that she plays in Embers life, something that I had been curious about since the beginning of book one.
This book was filled with a lot of heart and a lot of pain and an insane amount of action. Gaia is full of battle, power, games and struggle. Ember learns a lot more about herself in this book and finally discovers what she is fully capable of. She's being taught a ton of new things by her mentor but she's also forced into a lot more.
Where Embers was about a human girl entering a supernatural world, Gaia was about a powerful supernatural being leaving the world of humanity behind and embracing the things that make her powerful.
Gaia was a great book and I can't wait to see how all hell breaks loose in the next installment.
I'm gonna start off by saying that I love this cover. It's so super pretty and it fits so well with the story! It's not just some random cover. Like,I'm gonna start off by saying that I love this cover. It's so super pretty and it fits so well with the story! It's not just some random cover. Like, it actually has something to do with the story line and makes sense.
Starting this book off, I thought the idea for it was simply awesome. It was something that I hadn't read before. I've read books similar to it but not quite the same. This one had some little twists to some overly done character types that you see in a lot of YA paranormal/supernatural right now. The whole angel and demon thing has been done so many times that it's pretty much right up there with vampires for me. But Karen Ann Hopkins gave them just the right amount of creativity and uniqueness to make them all her own. And I loved the book for that.
The characters were likeable and were really easy to read. There were a few cliches here and there, a few things that seemed a little similar to a certain popular YA book that was made into a movie and takes place in a town opposite of Spoons. But, in all honesty, this was easy for me to ignore because I think a lot of people write those similarities and don't even realize that they're doing it. It's just become that much a part of young adult literature now. And, honestly, even though it had some similarities, the rest of the book definitely outweighs those parts. Aside from what I just said, Embers is it's own book, it's own story. It is not a replica of any other story and it really is great.
It was neat to discover Embers powers with her and see, really, what she was capable of. It was exciting to figure out Sawyer's role in the book and how, exactly, he was going to be a part of her life. He could have so easily been the bad guy but it was interesting to see how he grew as a character.
Let me also say that I think that the setting of this book is absolutely amazing. Ember is from Ohio (where my husband is from) and Sawyer is from Kentucky (where I'm from) and the story itself takes place in the mountains of Tennessee, which is where I lived when I was younger. Though it wasn't one of the best times of my life, I will never, ever forget how beautiful it was there and I would honestly love to live there again.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed the book and I can't wait to continue the story with Gaia, the second in the series.