Oh, goodreads, I was expecting something amazing based off the rating and reviews. You sure tricked me! This is more of a 1.5 or 2 star book for me, bOh, goodreads, I was expecting something amazing based off the rating and reviews. You sure tricked me! This is more of a 1.5 or 2 star book for me, but I guess it might appeal to a few people.
This book wasn't all that bad. I mean, it was pretty ridiculous and the pace was awkward, but I managed to get all the way through it. That's a plus.
Meet Angel, our primary heroine who ends up falling into Neverland. Of course, she has some convenient amnesia for plot purposes. I guess the author figured it wouldn't be that interesting to have a character fall into a fairy tale classic and actually know what was going on.
Angel is pretty clueless. She has no idea who she is beyond a temporary tattoo that her little sister put on her (not that she recalls this). She has no idea where she is. She conveniently ended up in Neverland, a place she had just finished reading a book about to her two little sisters for the umpteenth time, but she doesn't even recognize it as a story. Because, well, amnesia.
And then her memory gradually decays over the course of her stay in the fantasy land, which isn't a very long time anyway.
And because the story moves so fast, you undoubtedly get some insta-love between her and the main love interest, Hook, who is a young and hot and nice version of the villain pirate. Oh, and he has all his body parts attached.
Angel is never in any real peril or danger. There's no antagonist. There's no real feel of a challenge. There's no character development. There's nothing that really captures you in this story, except maybe the cliffhanger ending.
And even despite the cliffhanger, I think I'm going to skip getting the second book....more
Angels, demons, fairies, werewolves, and vampires -- oh my!
City of Heavenly Fire is the conclusion to Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, buAngels, demons, fairies, werewolves, and vampires -- oh my!
City of Heavenly Fire is the conclusion to Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, but it is certainly not the last Shadow Hunter novel. While the book was primarily focused on wrapping up the story of Clary, Jace, Sebastian, and the rest of the teenage Shadow Hunters, it also paved the way for her next installment(s) set in the same universe. I have to say, I wasn't all that impressed with this installment, but at least the ending wasn't too bad (even though it felt like it would never end!)
I keep telling myself that I'm not *that* into these books, but I keep coming back for more...
Regardless, maybe I'll give the next series a try. Here's to hoping there's no creepy incest or repetitive story lines in the next series....more
As much as I love sharing a name with the main characters in the books I read, this Alyssa was a hard girl to like. She's impulsive and dramatic and aAs much as I love sharing a name with the main characters in the books I read, this Alyssa was a hard girl to like. She's impulsive and dramatic and a bit naive. She steals and lies and she has no qualms about doing so. And she sees the world in black and white, seeing people as good or evil. Her perception of the world paints the other characters as very one dimensional.
I did like the story overall, despite my dislike of the main character. The Wonderland retelling was unique, and once I got past reading about Alyssa and her annoying personality, I was able to enjoy the story.
I also agree with a lot of other reviewers about the love triangle. I like a good love triangle as much as the next person, but this one didn't really have a purpose other than showing off what a great character Alyssa is to have two guys love her. Jeb, who was posed as the main love interest, was beyond bland. I was so bored reading his scenes, and was glad when he mostly disappeared from the plot in favor of some Morpheus time. Morpheus was one of my favorite characters. I liked his moral ambiguity, and he always seemed to be one step ahead of the game.
This book won't be for everyone, especially if they can't get beyond Alyssa's character in the first half of the book. I'm glad I stuck it out though, and I'm looking forward to what the sequel will bring. ...more
This book sure dragged a lot. About 10% of the book is dedicated to lore, most of which I ended up only lightly perusing, but for the most part outrigThis book sure dragged a lot. About 10% of the book is dedicated to lore, most of which I ended up only lightly perusing, but for the most part outright skipping due to the fact it read less like a character giving important information and more like an entire other story being incorporated into the book.
Aside from the lore-related info dumps, the characters were incredibly strange and unbelievable. I mean, who accepts that there are shadow monsters and another world without having a panic attack or some semblance of skepticism? Seriously, the characters all accept the plot with remarkable ease. The main character accepts she has prophetic dreams foreshadowing certain events. The main love interest accepts he is the heir to some magical kingdom. No drama added on. The outright acceptance was just too bizarre to be believable.
Then there is the insta love. And if you thought Twilight's Bella and Edward was bad, they have nothing on the relationship between Abby and David. Abby seems to have no substance as a character beyond her love for David and her role in his life.
As much as I disliked the flaws of the book, I still think it was mildly amusing. The book picked up around the 80% mark and overall it was a quick read. I'm not entirely sure if I will check out the next book, but if I do, I hope by the second book Abby will take a good long look at herself and ideally reevaluate her relationship and her future. I think the message of the book needs to look beyond "true luv" and the fact that there is more to life than being with a guy....more
I have loved Sarah J Maas's writing ever since I found her profile on Fictionpress. A Court of Thrones was THE 2015 release I was waiting for, and itI have loved Sarah J Maas's writing ever since I found her profile on Fictionpress. A Court of Thrones was THE 2015 release I was waiting for, and it certainly did not disappoint!
Faeries, Beauty and the Beast, an amazing heroine and wonderful storytelling -- I found myself enjoying every aspect of this book.
I felt as though Feyre had a very conclusive ending to her tale, so I was surprised to realize this will be a series. I'm looking forward to whatever future works Sarah will push out.
If you love fantasy or just unique fairy tale inspired stories, you'll definitely want to give A Court of Thorns and Roses a try. ...more
Compared to the original FictionPress.com version, Maas' fantasy tale has sure evolved. Some of the original elements remain similar to the original,Compared to the original FictionPress.com version, Maas' fantasy tale has sure evolved. Some of the original elements remain similar to the original, such as (view spoiler)[the princess' ultimate death and other plot devices, various character names and back stories (hide spoiler)], but otherwise Crown of Midnight is a completely different story than the one many of us read years ago. For example, Chaol was never such a prominent love interest or even character as he is in this version. This is one change I am glad was made because it's obvious there is chemistry between him and Celaena. Second, there is a lot more background and understanding to the King's motives. In the FP version, Celaena was sent off across the sea immediately. This time around, we get to see her working for the King at home, and slowly unraveling the underlying story.
Unfortunately, this book did seem to drag for me at times. Some parts of the story felt incredibly slow, but these were fortunately few and far between. I was also getting hung up over the usage of the word 'wraith' (there are other terms Maas could have used, i.e: specter, phantom, shadow, apparition). Despite these concerns, I would still give the books 4.5 stars for the overall enjoyment derived.["br"]>["br"]>...more
There are a lot of characters in this story, and unfortunately it has been awhile since I had read about them. As a result, the story was a bit hard tThere are a lot of characters in this story, and unfortunately it has been awhile since I had read about them. As a result, the story was a bit hard to follow as I tried to recall the role each character had played in previous books. I am sure that a reread of the first two books in the trilogy will be beneficial in better appreciating the final installment.
Overall, the story was good, if not a bit rushed at certain points. This was a fitting end to a series I enjoyed reading. I look forward to seeing what else Bridges might come out with in the future. ...more
After three books, Kylie finally figures out what she is. Now, in book four, she is learning what she is capable of. Summer has also ended, and ShadowAfter three books, Kylie finally figures out what she is. Now, in book four, she is learning what she is capable of. Summer has also ended, and Shadow Falls has become a school. But many things remain the same: Kylie is still torn between her two love interests, she's still involved in solving ghost problems, and she's ever meddling in the affairs (love lives, for the most part) of her friends.
Overall, I did not enjoy this book as much as the previous ones because Kylie, who already showed some very obvious Mary Sue aspects, became a full-blown Mary Sue in book four. She's as special a snowflake as they come. Hunter couldn't just make Kylie rare and unique and special, she had to double that and then some. Not only is Kylie a unique brand of supernatural, she's even more special than others of her kind.
While dedicated fans of the series might be the only ones to enjoy this, Whispers at Moonrise is good brain candy. Hopefully the fifth book will be more exciting....more
I have always loved a good story, and Enchanted proved to be one. However, what could have been an amazing story was hindered by confusing writing atI have always loved a good story, and Enchanted proved to be one. However, what could have been an amazing story was hindered by confusing writing at times, which made the story difficult to follow. Fortunately, most everything made sense at the end despite the initial confusion
Enchanted is comprised of references to multiple different tales, from Cinderella to the Princess and the Pea, The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and many more. I loved recognizing each and every one. I also liked all of the characters in the story, particularly Sunday and her family.
Overall, Enchanted was a captivating read that I would suggest anyone with a love for fairytales pick up....more
After The Princess Test, The Fairy's Mistake is my favorite in Levine's The Princess Tales series. When the two sisters Rosella and Myrtle encounter tAfter The Princess Test, The Fairy's Mistake is my favorite in Levine's The Princess Tales series. When the two sisters Rosella and Myrtle encounter the fairy Ethelinda, Rosella kindly helps the fairy disguised as an old woman and is "rewarded" with the ability to produce jewels and gems whenever she speaks. Myrtle, on the other hand, treats the disguised fairy (who has changed disguises) rudely and is "punished" by having bugs, vipers, and all type of nasty things form when she speaks. This story really shows that sometimes rewards aren't really rewards at all, and that even the most cleverest of people can turn bad things into profit, which I thought was quite clever. Even if one is supposed to hate Myrtle, who is reduced to the role of secondary character, I actually liked how cunning she was.
Gaaaaah, cliff-hangers! How I loathe cliff-hangers when I know the wait to find out what happens next is bound to be far, far away.
Iced was super fun,Gaaaaah, cliff-hangers! How I loathe cliff-hangers when I know the wait to find out what happens next is bound to be far, far away.
Iced was super fun, and I am glad to see a lot of the old crew popping up. Dani, however, was not my favorite narrator. One moment her dialogue is super juvenile, with dude and feck being her top two staple words; the next moment, she's popping out words and sentences that seem totally out of character. I could deal with this, largely because I was so engrossed with the story.
Any fan of the Fever series should definitely pick up Iced. I was so happy to hear KMM was picking up the Fever world. It remains one of my favorite series....more
What... did I just read? That ending was horrible. It wouldn't have been too bad it there was a fifth Dark Swan book, but I don't believe that's in thWhat... did I just read? That ending was horrible. It wouldn't have been too bad it there was a fifth Dark Swan book, but I don't believe that's in the cards. There was absolutely no closure to the end of Eugenie's tale. None. (view spoiler)[We don't even get to see Mead kill off a certain awful kitsune, who deserves death even more in this book than in the previous. (hide spoiler)] Besides the horrible ending, which deserved an entire star knocked off, I enjoyed the rest of the book perfectly fine, (view spoiler)[ even if it did involve a pregnant woman for a good portion of it. (hide spoiler)]...more
While some people might enjoy being swept away to Ireland by O.R. Melling's detailed descriptions, I found that they dragged on a bit excessively at tWhile some people might enjoy being swept away to Ireland by O.R. Melling's detailed descriptions, I found that they dragged on a bit excessively at times. Set in Ireland, Gwen and Findabhair are cousins set to backpack through Ireland in search of evidence of another world. Although adolescents, both still dream of escaping the mundane world and visiting the faerie world. Unfortunately, this was not a well thought out desire. When Findabhair enters faerie, leaving her cousin Gwen behind, Gwen is lost and alone and in search of her cousin.
Gwen is unlike Fidabhair in the sense she isn't impulsive or reckless. She prefers to think things through. Fortunately, on her journey to find her cousin, she meets a quirky and helpful cast of characters to aid her in her quest. In her run-ins with the faeries, she exhibits a strength she had not even known she possessed.
Although I did like this book, I think others would like it more than I did because they might appreciate the descriptiveness involved regarding the setting -- whereas I just read it for the faeries. This book focused less on them, and more on the development of Gwen into an admirable heroine.
McKenzie is back, and even though the king is dead, the war still rages as the rebels fight the remnants, the remaining Court Fae who are against LenaMcKenzie is back, and even though the king is dead, the war still rages as the rebels fight the remnants, the remaining Court Fae who are against Lena becoming queen. McKenzie, acting as a shadow-reader for the side she once helped hunt, is taking things slow with rebel Aren, especially as the darkness in his past -- a darkness she was keenly entangled with -- emerges. McKenzie must also deal with her missing best friend, who has gotten mixed up with the Fae world despite McKenzie's desire to keep her out of it.
Overall, The Shattered Dark was a great continuation of the first book, and I'll be eager to see what the third book will be like. Especially since the second book left so many loose ends! ...more
I'm seeing a pattern: ghost shows up at the end of the book, only to be followed up in the next book. Continuous cliffhanger!
I enjoyed this book moreI'm seeing a pattern: ghost shows up at the end of the book, only to be followed up in the next book. Continuous cliffhanger!
I enjoyed this book more than I did the second. Finally, no more dragging on with the "What is Kylie game?" But there's plenty of drama regarding Kylie's love triangle with Derek and Lucas.
In book two, Kylie was indecisive in wanting to be with Derek because of her desire for Lucas. In book three, although Kylie is now with Lucas, she's torn over her lingering feelings for Derek. Whereas Lucas represents passion and adventure, Derek embodies safety and security. Derek understands her ghost-whispering abilities while Lucas seems repulsed and doesn't understand Kylie's desire to help the spirits.
One of Kylie's main reservations regarding Lucas is that his pack is against their relationship. Lucas, who comes from a line of pure-blood werewolves, is expected to marry a werewolf. Also, Fredericka's close relationship to Lucas causes Kylie to feel extremely insecure.
In between Kylie's indecisiveness regarding the two boys, she's also being tracked down by the villain from last novel, Mario, and his grandson Red. Plus, there's the secondary-character drama to deal with, mainly Perry and Miranda and Holiday and Burnett. On top of the presence of yet another confused (and impossible to comprehend) ghost, Kylie is kept busy dealing with her new powers, which seem to keep on expanding (view spoiler)[ (this time around, she may possibly be able to resurrect the dead! -- oh, and she can intercept fireballs with her hands.) (hide spoiler)]
I'll be interested to see what happens when the camp finally turns into a boarding school...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Awake at Dawn, book two of the Shadow Fall series, starts off where Born at Midnight left off. At Shadow Falls camp, Kylie is confronted by yet anotheAwake at Dawn, book two of the Shadow Fall series, starts off where Born at Midnight left off. At Shadow Falls camp, Kylie is confronted by yet another cryptic ghost asking her to save someone close to her. Frustrated by her inability to understand the ghost, the ghost is mostly side-lined for a good portion of the book. Kylie's focus turns to other issues, such as her ongoing love triangle between Derek, the half-fae who wants to be her boyfriend and who she feels safe with, and Lucas, who had become infatuated with Kylie from when they were childhood neighbors. While Lucas took off in the previous book with Fredericka, a werewolf who is in love with him and who he admits to having had sex with, Kylie still continues to dream of him; this undoubtedly conflicts with what she feels for Derek. Another issue Kylie needs to deal with is that the Blood Brothers, a vampire gang introduced in the first book, has reappeared. Kylie knows that she's somehow of interest to them -- particularly when "Red", a vampire she grappled with at the zoo next to the camp, intrudes on her in a dressing room while she was bra shopping with her friends. On top of all of this is the growing distance between her former best friend Sara, all of the unique powers and changes Kylie is suddenly saddled with, her father's midlife crisis, the reconciled relationship with her mother, her cat being turned into a skunk by one of Miranda's spells, and her ongoing identity crisis. Overall, Awake at Dawn is a good book. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the first. This is largely due to how Kylie's Mary Sue side is breaking through during the book: (view spoiler)[ She might be a vampire due to her love for the taste of blood, she might be a werewolf due to a growth spurt (hair, bust, height), she could be anything else due to her new powers of healing and dream-walking... nobody knows! (hide spoiler)] I'm fine with characters who are a bit overpowered. But when they reach untouchable status, like Kylie is beginning to, they just become unrealistic and therefore unable to relate to. While I gave the first book four stars, I'm going to have to lower this one down to a 3.5
This story felt very long and drawn-out, and the plot and characters fell flat for a good portion of the story. The story did become far more excitingThis story felt very long and drawn-out, and the plot and characters fell flat for a good portion of the story. The story did become far more exciting 3/4 of the way in. There was plenty of ripping off faces and stabbing people with iron in the last portion, but this couldn't make up for how bored I felt reading the rest of the story.
Although I might stick around to read the sequel, I doubt it will be at the top of my reading list....more