This has got to be one of the most beautiful first-meet experience with the cutest couple I've read, and probably out there. Makes me love the series...more This has got to be one of the most beautiful first-meet experience with the cutest couple I've read, and probably out there. Makes me love the series all the more!(less)
I liked Succubus Blues for a first book in the series. It's where the important and secondary characters were introduced, on what they are and what th...more I liked Succubus Blues for a first book in the series. It's where the important and secondary characters were introduced, on what they are and what they do. I appreciate that the author took a sufficient time to get to know them. The pacing of the story was smooth and adept for understanding; though there was a mystery in the mix, it still had me guessing "who" was involved.
I guess I had the same feeling when I read the first book in VA. The lightness and easiness of the plot was reasonable albeit the lack of some serious action. But I'm pretty sure it will improve in the following books in the series just like what happened to VA. I'm not trying to compare or liken both series since it's fairly obvious on how vast they seem to differ. Only that I am trying to point out RM's work in general.
Georgina Kincaid is a kick-ass character. When the book opened with her shapeshifting to be a hot diva, I can't help but let my jealousy streak come out. Yes, I want to shapeshift like a VS model! And have my make-up fixed without lifting a hand. But what really got to me in her was her past, and her reason why she have to succumb in a succubus way. Her way of lamenting? I think when it happened to her at a young age, the palpable sadness was incredible.
Presumably, everybody knew this so here goes: Seth Mortensen is the love interest for our lovely Georgina, but his character in this book was not much developed, yet he was known to his eloquent ways. How the author kept us wanting is great.
Probably the reason why I've have not read the Georgina Kincaid series was because I like contemporary for my adult books; and I am not entirely into PNR, together with some unsettling feelings and slight apprehensions. It's just different when I'm reading YA over Adult so that's my story.
I finally caved in because come on, this is Richelle Mead we're talking about. She's a class of her own. Everything under her name is a default-read to me. Also because a friend convinced me so.(Yes you, Stacia ;)) It was too much when she had me at the VA series, and since it wasn't enough, with Bloodlines as well. Seriously, who can resist her guys?! So if you haven't read any of her books then you're probably a honey badger :P (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]
"...very often the things we most desire come only after much patience and struggle. That is the human truth."
Anybody familiar with Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy where the dead's soul or afterlife moves along whether in the gates of heaven; the fires of...more Anybody familiar with Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy where the dead's soul or afterlife moves along whether in the gates of heaven; the fires of hell; or to wait in purgatory. These are the state where in theory we thought might happen. In Sarah Fine's paranormal fiction series, Guards of the Shadowlands, she created a world like you'd never imagine, where when somebody dies in their own will would be most likely to arrive at the Suicide Gates armed with huge, armored guards, and wandering souls pent at their own suffering. It's not a picture of heaven nor hell and neither was it some place to expiate ones sin.
The Suicide City plays a major setting with our heroine, Lela, to find the friend that means every waking, breathing second of her life. She wanders through a labyrinth of the dead's wants, needs, and desires that surrounds all over the city - that builds and expands - when humans wished it to be. Through there she went about seeing more and knowing little of the place. She made serious choices and grave decisions just to save and somehow steer her friend from what would have been an implacable damage.
"Tell me before you go. I really want to know. Why would you give up your chance at happiness to come to what you knew was a horrible place? Why would you do that, knowing she chose to kill herself? To leave you and everyone else who loved her? Why would you come after her and trap yourself here when she made such a choice?"
I also want to ask her that. Why go through all that's about to happen just for Nadia? But then she gave us her reason. She lets us be inside her and make us feel what she felt when she's with her. She lets us see the full-frontal feeling of what it's like be cherished and admired of what and who she really is. So I guess it's only fair she'd do it despite enduring the machinations. To quote her: "The things I do for friendship." I were in her situation though, I don't think I could do it. I would live for the life one would never have and that's probably something I'd do for somebody. That said, I give her enough credit for being bold and brave.
In the quest of Lela's search, she meets these people she'd grown fascination to. Those who would also be willing to bet their lives and responsibilities just for her sole purpose. Malachi is what you may call a knight and shining armor. His character, though we'd usually come across this kind of hero, somehow has a different zing to it. His sterling disposition is not hard to miss and surely ain't easy to forget. I wholly admire what he's capable of doing, what he'd come upon to encounter, and most especially, what he'd experienced and gone through in what became of him. Seldom have I read wherein the second most important character had a troubling back-story so you could only imagine what I felt when I read something about Malachi's past. Other than him, I thought Ana was a great character too. She's quite resilient and intense, though I was saddened of what happened to her. (view spoiler)[No spoiler. :) (hide spoiler)]
Surprisingly, I was baffled that although this was kind of a fantasy book, it did not shift away from the realistic idea. The characters, if not most of the time, would greatly experience and reflect in their emotions. The talk of depression, dying, or something to do with the psychological, physical or mental sense was highly present and notable. It was really something I was glad to look forward to while reading.
"Some people can't keep fighting. Some people want to escape. Some people are not ready - are not able - to find a way for deal with what's in front of them. Sometimes there's no one to help them. Sometimes they don't know how to ask for help. Sometimes it feels like there's no choice but to end it. No other way out. And sometimes it's impossible to see past that.
This book, I tell you is super fun. And it's quite dark, but only a little bit. It's a different take on a paranormal/urban fantasy-ish story with an astounding new world and characters you would greatly admire. It's full of adventure and thrill so I'm sure everyone's good to go. I foresee this series will be great and I'll be there to witness it all.
*A shout-out to my wonderful, spirited buddy-read, Stacia, for doing this with me. Though it took us a while to finish, but I really had fun. I'd be happy to do this again, soon!
**Can't get enough of Malachi? Well me either so here's some treat the author was so kind to make: Malachi's journals. Be sure to check this out after you read the first book.
Do you find yourself lacking in interesting teenagers, peculiar scenarios, creepy dudes with creepy agendas, an incapacitated human, a seventy year ol...more Do you find yourself lacking in interesting teenagers, peculiar scenarios, creepy dudes with creepy agendas, an incapacitated human, a seventy year old diva neighbor, otherworldly adventures, and so much more? Then Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is the right fix for you.
"I've been sent by Douglas Montgomery." "You say that like I should know who that is," I said. He grinned at me--not so much as a grin as a flash of teeth. "You should." "Yeah, well, I don't," I said. "Then I guess you find out." "No, I'm good. My dance card is full, but I'll check with my secretary. Ramon?" "Booked," Ramon said.
Beware of ominous strangers lurking at the parking lot.
"One minute I was watchingMansquito on Syfy, which was as awful and intriguing as it sounds; the next, it had gone to commercial and I was like I am now." Frank perked up, "You were killed because you watchedMansquito?" He paled slightly, "Oh man, I watchedMansquito. Do you think I'm next?"
And never, ever mess with them.
Have I known this was super fun, I would have read it sooner! The only thing that kept me from reading this was the creepy cover vibe. Yes, I'm that much of a wuss. I'm never really into heavy paranormal reads but others I try to stomach because the curiosity might kill me.
Sam and the gang are just your normal unfulfilled teens with an un-fulfilling work at an un-fulfilling job. Until the moment they messes with the Classic Shiny car then everything came spiraling down. Identities known, and secrets revealed. Okay, that's not so much of a point but I swear it would totally be worth the read.
The eerie feeling mixed with humor was what grabbed me from the start. I don't recall having read paranormal stories before with the amount of excitement and thrill as I had with this. I could probably count in a hand the books that did it to me. Perhaps curiosity together with skepticism is a good thing because I would have never get to know Sam and these quirky people to begin with. How I enjoyed everything about this! How Sam narrate his life and his job was in a way fairly relatable to me since I was once into the same industry he worked.
So. I would've given this a solid 5 where it not for the lack of superfly action. I was really looking forward to how Sam would embrace his nature and give us some of those kickin' supernatural powers. Also, I was surprised to see other stories unfold aside form Sam's. It was actually great that the author really did think through to include Douglas' and Brid's because readers would have serious emission to who these people are, or being as I'd like to call. Furthermore, the romance wasn't centered but it might be developed in the next book or at the progression of this series.
Have you ever imagined what a little book could bring you? One little story read in a day could shift ones life, and I think that's super awesome. It may or may not bring you joy or sadness but I just thought books will always be the greatest thing ever invented. I wanted to bring that out because we are all very blessed in this case.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone really had me on edge. I'm never really into fantasy books because magic and supernatural things isn't usually my thing....more Daughter of Smoke & Bone really had me on edge. I'm never really into fantasy books because magic and supernatural things isn't usually my thing. If one asks me how was (insert fantasy title here)? I would always be like, "Oh, it was awesome! I'm always in awe of authors who creates different worlds and kick-ass characters and amazing adventures." But really, I always base my opinion on the story progression and development of the characters. That's why I'm constantly on the wrath for realistic fiction because that's were I'm very comfortable at. So I talked myself into getting a little different than what I most have.
I've read few fantasy stories in my lifetime and almost everyone of them I end up enjoying so much. And everytime I draw the same conclusion: that this was one mean amazing story. From the world-building; characterizations(especially when they mixed it up into something extraordinary); endeavors that are so farfetched; and scenes that are always so gripping you just have to understand every.single.word. So I say DOS&B fit in my criteria of an incredible fantasy book.
This was so nicely written! Nice? More like fascinating. This author has a way with words that are so refined and scene sequences to look forward to that you have to be aware of every infinitesimal detail to not miss the whole scheme. And the imagery it could create to onself is just incredible. The idea of chimaera and angels are not new to readers who likes reading this kinds of stuff but her concept in the story was very great and you can't help but imagining the picture. I enjoyed everything about it that I can't stop thinking how much I love to continue when I give myself a little break.
What really had me was the intricate suspense in knowing who Karou really was and discovering in another subtext story of what was the beginning. I mean boy, that was a page-turning point. I was so happy to at least know of the infamous Madrigal even if it didn't sit well with me what happened to her in the end. Speaking of end, I totally didn't see the whole revelation coming. I thought she was a literal daughter. See what fantasy books did to me? They keep me mind-blown!
I was so excited when I know that it was set in Prague. I am always a sucker for art places in the world. And never did I know any other book so awesome enough for the characters to speak a language that only the certain country know how it's spoken. I'm rockin' on the Daughter fever!
Is this the last book in the series? If so, I just want to scream because I still want me some Cas Loowood. And the ending, what was that? Is that it?...more Is this the last book in the series? If so, I just want to scream because I still want me some Cas Loowood. And the ending, what was that? Is that it?! NOOOOOOOO!!!
I loved it! Now that's covered, I also thought this would have a different effect on me had I read it earlier. You know, more chills and thrills. I wa...more I loved it! Now that's covered, I also thought this would have a different effect on me had I read it earlier. You know, more chills and thrills. I was surprised and slightly disappointed though that it kinda lacked the intensive scare and thorough macabre. But other than that I was very happy.
This was like Ghostbusters and Jennifer's body-ish offspring minus the sexy flesh eater.
I liked the whole concept where the portrayal of ghosts kills/eradicates people in their wake, because I know that in real life they can't. Poltergeists maybe but cannot really harm. And by that, I keep on convincing myself that they are harmless since the story tells so otherwise.
I liked Theseus Cassio "Cass" Lowood. Personally, I really have a thing for a male's perspective considering I really don't get that a lot. He was actually a very good narrator and paints, if not accurate then a well-diversed young ghost hunter. I like that he's not conceited and cynical. That he's good-natured and not condescending. I also love his desire to continue a family legacy where he is so dedicated yet means well. I love the idea of him obliterating ghost. It makes him so badass and lovely.
Anna. Anna dressed in Blood. The infamous ghost who takes our protagonist by surprise. Even I was surprised that there's something that would come out for the both of them. I love that Anna has this two characters: (1) her being so fierce, scary, hunting and wicked and, (2) being the scared, vulnerable dead girl that she is. Both specters that I liked so much. It's like you can't complete a puzzle piece without the other.
I liked the other choice of characters. The queen bee, a geek boy, the Wiccan witch and another consequential witch. Even a very stereotypical black cat was a charmer, but sadly what a poor thing that happened to it.
I really, really enjoyed the first book of the series. Although it's not that gruesome and horror-ish but it was barely predictable. Or was it because I read it in broad daylight with many people around me. It goes more along the lines of a thriller/mystery type that I swear was heart-stopping and adrenaline-pumping (view spoiler)[especially the part where he faced his father's killer! (hide spoiler)]. The graphically detailed actions were really spine-chilling. The dripping blood from Anna's dress was probably my favorite part ever. Where it falls heavy splotches in the wood floors and the dress is covered with dark red that seeps through out the white cloth. I think that description alone had me on the look over my shoulder. Like I said, I loved it!
I knew there was a bit of romance in it where it was made clear nearing the end which I'm sure I'll be keeping an eye out on the next books of the series. I'm not sure how I feel about a human guy falling for a dead girl. Weird? Creepy? I think it's cute. Adorable. Because really, that's what I want to happen to them. I love Anna! And I love Cass' conviction of wanting to bring Anna peace and at the same time to want to be with her. Especially with his constant referring to her as "my girl". Now that's a call for a swoon moment.
What better way to celebrate your Valentine's but with heaven that is Adrian Ivashkov.
“Well, you can think what you want, so long as you remember—no m...more What better way to celebrate your Valentine's but with heaven that is Adrian Ivashkov.
“Well, you can think what you want, so long as you remember—no matter how ordinary things seem between us—I’m still here, still in love with you, and care about you more than any other guy, evil or otherwise, ever will."
*Will mostly gush and not much story cover-up. ;)
When you get to the last page of Golden Lily, I'm pretty sure you'd go manic over THAT ENDING. (Who doesn't?) So, it's clearly no surprise that The Indigo Spell is one of the most anticipated book to be released this year. If you're like me, you're probably clawing to have the book in your hands as soon as we were left with what just happened. Added to the excitement was the cover reveal as well as having suspicions over who the other boy on the cover is. Right? And what about with our lovely couple, Sydney and Adrian? What ever happened to them? I know I have a lot of questions and so much excitement that how I was able to stay sane, I don't know. Only that I have so much passion for these two right here.
You think after that very intense cliffhanger from book 2, Richelle Mead couldn't get any meaner. Well, she just did. Again. With this one. It's not really a cliffhanger, per se. But things are finally picking up with our adorable couple, getting all hot and heavy and a lot of panting, then it ended which left me anticipating (again) what will happen to them when there's something or someone that might keep them apart. Oh, the dilemma. I swear, this two will be the death of me.
The thing that really kept me in the fuzz with this is that I have a massive liking to character, most especially Sydney Sage. Sydney, you see, is the type of character I could mostly relate with, among any heroine out there, in a matter of way or thinking. (I don't claim to be as super smart as she, but I wish!) She is always this voice of reason, contemplating about what would or would not happen to the action she'd do, with the things she'd make, and all that. She's not strong but she's will-driven. She (mostly) followed the rules, being a big follower to others ahead of her, and she is always learning without her really noticing it. Being so analytically inclined rather than impulsive. The way she's so naive about tons of things and to those that surrounds her truly reminds me of myself that whenever I read certain scenes of her I can't help but say 'I know that's wrong, but it's probably what I would also do.' Even before Bloodlines happen, I know the moment I read about her that she's my kind of character.
Who doesn't want need their very own Adrian? With all these awesome heroes ruling the hearts in a lot of women, Adrian is likely one of the few who really managed to sweep me of my feet. And that's no easy task. I gush and fawn over some but not as heavy to what I feel for him. He's the type of guy I would certainly fall in love with; and I bet he's a very good lover. If there will Adrian giveaway, I am definitely the first in line. Heck, I'd probably camp overnight to have my stakes high. I'd cat-fight over him to prove my point, and let him win some arguments rationally. He is really an amazing character, what with his wit and charm, one that you could never go wrong with.
I can say that whatever conflict you have with this series I can only hope you are bewitched with Adrian. Dude, he is mighty fine! He's so gorgeous and insanely hot that I wonder how Sydney kept from melting around him. You thought words couldn't get any better, but action still speaks louder than words and these two are raising the bar temperature high.
A lot of things had happened here, with a new set of characters you would either love or hate. What kept nagging in my mind was the fact the Sydney is the go-to girl and everybody keeps on relying on her, calling her attention over things, and situations are piling up above her head. Sometimes I just want to scream 'You little shit, give her a freaking break.' I can't believe she has a lot under her but she managed to have everything under control. Of course, what else could go wrong when you have Adrian by your side, always the second half.
Favorite moments...with Adrian:
Five words later, I realized what was happening. “Hey,” I told him. “I am not doing this.” He looked up at me with angelic eyes. “Doing what?” “You know what. You’re luring me in. You know I can’t resist—” “Me?” he suggested.
A terrible thought came to me. “Oh God. She probably thinks we were off doing—you know—romantic type, um, things—” That amused Adrian far more than it should have. “See, there you go again. That’s the first thought that comes to your mind.” He shook his head melodramatically. “I can’t believe you keep accusing me of being the obsessed one.”
“It might save you from getting your pretty face wrecked. How much styling did you have to do to get your hair like that?” “At least I brush my hair,” said Adrian.
Many readers were saying this was much more scarier than Anna Dressed In Blood, in which I have yet to read and heard had quite tons of good stuff in...more Many readers were saying this was much more scarier than Anna Dressed In Blood, in which I have yet to read and heard had quite tons of good stuff in it. I'm not sure what to expect in Anna anymore because this was anything but scary! I'm not even going to agree whether this was a horror story or an instantaneous romantic build-up between a 16 year old girl and a 200 year old ghost boy, which I thought was skin crawling creepy in this case. I'll get to the creepy part later.
I liked how the story began. Where the girl giving the descriptive reasons on why she and her family had to move, when she'd started seeing ghosts and, what prompted her to do physical harm on herself. Sadly, that's just about it and it all happens on the first couple chapters.
Admittedly, this story has really great potential given the setting is in bloody Scotland. Added much to our favor was the fact that they lived in a century-old inn that is an hour away from the City and just right across the street is a castle(!). Just think about how awesome the story would have been if mentioned above be put into good use. What I get instead was her uber fixation on the ghost's appearance where she talks on wanting to kiss him and doing so much more which was very wrong - because he is a ghost! And her utter compliance to help Ian, that's the ghost - even if she's told to do nothing but seeing she's pretty stuborn - to free him of the curse of him roaming the living world indefinitely so that he could move to the 'other world'.
I have a couple of issues... or more:
1. A YA book with very young characters but seems to be intended for mature readers because there's a lot of drinking, stoning, and explicit language involve. This for Shane, Riley's little brother, that's about 14 or 15 years old? And her peers the same age as hers. This was the first thing I noticed. Pretty bad thing.
2. The kick-ass ghost action that I was really looking forward to was non-existent. Even some throwback events on black magic, witchcraft or the lame attempt on being eerie didn't faze me at all.
3. Speaking of witchcraft: So she's very determined to help the ghost in breaking the curse that she starts looking for solutions to do so. Where to look for solutions but in the library of course. (view spoiler)[She checks out books relevant to ghosts, witchcraft, and dealing with bad spirits. And lucky for her, everything she's searching was in those books with some help of Google which makes it look like a science assignment. (hide spoiler)]
4. Laria. I thought she's supposed to be the scary part but her constant mischievous ways doesn't just annoy me but irritate me. She doesn't give justification why she do not want Riley helping Ian. Maybe she has major hang-ups on their failed relationship attempt.
5. Ian. He's the creepy part. I don't know whether to swoon over him or be intimidated. Given the fact the he actually stares at other girl's boobs; and touches Riley in any way he can get. He is such a man. Looks to me he's a bad case of a pedophile. But what he lacks in propriety makes up for his very good looks. Or so what the girl keeps telling us. (view spoiler)[Oh! And he keeps saying he doesn't want Riley to get hurt. But how come Laria always gets her way to hunt her. He's not even true to his word. (hide spoiler)]
6. Riley blames herself over her mom's death and she keeps hoping she could see her ghost and wants to apologize so badly, but sadly she hadn't. She appears by the end of the book which kinda sucks because I was also looking forward to more of her.
7. Bad insta-love development!
I sounded like I did not appreciate the book, but I did. At some point. You know, when she's not repeating how good looking the ghost and how very much head-over-heels she is. And when he acts so calm about everything when Riley did most of the work in helping him. And not to mention the very obvious cliche at the end.
I've been having this thing lately, the 'had I read this much sooner I would've have loved it' scenario. This series applies! This could have been a good ghost story. Like I said, this had potential. So I'll check out the next two books since I already have it.
This conversation between R and M makes me reflect on what do I live for?
"How can you change? If we all start from the same blank slate, what makes yo...more This conversation between R and M makes me reflect on what do I live for?
"How can you change? If we all start from the same blank slate, what makes you diverge?" "Maybe we're not blank. Maybe the debris of our old lives still shape us." "But we don't remember those lives. We can't read our diaries." "It doesn't matter. We are where we are, however we got here. What matters is where we go next." "But can't we choose that?" "I don't know." "We're Dead. Can we really choose anything.?" "Maybe. If we want to bad enough."
Warm Bodies didn't drift from the conventional zombie novel that is. There's the impassive flesh-eating zombies and humans dispatching them for survival. But what might make this above other out there is that it's told from a zombie's point of view. From that on, I was practically sold. But a zombie being the narrator is new to me as well as how events turned out in the end. I could say I was astound to the whole thing that it's hard to think through after I was finished. It took me time trying to warm up with the story because it's not the customary zombie chase, with a little moan here and some grunts there. And even if R is lifeless, he feels so alive to me.
Somehow I felt betrayed because I was really hoping to find a light, fun read out of this but I get a very deep, thought-provoking, poignant, and engaging one instead. I'm not sure I was ready but when I took off, it helped me afloat. Sometimes, things really took you by surprise when you least expect it. And in the end I was happy. Though I have to admit I was a bit sensitive at the ending I may have a tear or two. Don't even get me started at the writing. Well, it was clever and gratifying.
R might be an average zombie. He hunts for food and feed from living human's viscera, and he seems dull that lacks vigor and excitement just like any other Dead with him. But he claims even in his monosyllabic state, he is very contemplative. And that's what got me to him. After the event in which appears to change his life, he starts to feel things he hadn't felt in a long time; and thought of memories he didn't know but from the life he took. Until then, he contemplates that whatever is happening to him might be a good thing and it could actually save them - both human and zombies - to go on living.
Many say R and Julies' relationship is creepy, disturbing, sad, and at the same time, sweet. I agree. It's also incredible to the human mind if it were actually to happen in real life (here's hoping there will never be the case). If one delves much further in their connection, not just looking on the outside but also within, it will be fascinating to imagine what a human and a zombie could do and how their deep understanding bring forth confidence to both. This novel, I then discovered, does not solely focuses on survival rather for the breakthrough of the memories and emotions of the individuals and in discovering that there may be life left to be saved in either side.
It may started out slow and confusing for me, what with this multiple identity stuffs, I was greatly on a roll as I got past it. Now I am ready for the movie! Bring on the reel, baby.
I may or may not have a fault for letting my younger sister read this since it kinda has some mature probing yet since she didn't mention it, I'm a little relived.