There was never a doubt on SR's writing - it's flourish and exceptionally poetic that even if he writes about a man farting it'll sound too good to de There was never a doubt on SR's writing - it's flourish and exceptionally poetic that even if he writes about a man farting it'll sound too good to describe ( not that farting is good to hear literally and figuratively) but you get my point. He writes with such finesse that you'll wish you could write half as good as him. And that's what makes his stories so beautiful to read. They're so beautiful both in words and characters. ...more
I've always loved Sylvain Reynard's writing style and how he makes it sound so poetic and romantic. With the new series out it's not different to what I've always loved Sylvain Reynard's writing style and how he makes it sound so poetic and romantic. With the new series out it's not different to what proceeded it, well maybe on how the story was done, but all the good stuff are still there. And don't worry if you have Professor Emerson withdrawal because both he and Julia are still present in this series and they play quite a part here.
This is a different take on what we expected from the author, but I'm so glad it turned out so well. Another thing to look forward to! ...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 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!...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 th 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 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 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. 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? 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 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.