Angels, demons, fairies, werewolves, and vampires -- oh my!
City of Heavenly Fire is the conclusion to Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, bu...moreAngels, 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.(less)
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 t...moreThere 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. (less)
Oh my goodness. I'm not usually one for one-shots, but the premise drew me in. I'm glad I decided to read this story because it seriously became one o...moreOh my goodness. I'm not usually one for one-shots, but the premise drew me in. I'm glad I decided to read this story because it seriously became one of my favorite books.
Tana, the main character of the story, is excellent. One of my favorite leading ladies. Kicking butt and taking fangs! She's incredibly likable and relatable.
The story. Wow. The story. So amazing. In a unique take on vampirism, Black manages to weave together one of the best stories featuring vampires, period.
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 Shadow...moreAfter 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.(less)
When you skip over sex scenes, Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake books become incredibly fast reads -- more so in the later books than the earlier one...moreWhen you skip over sex scenes, Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake books become incredibly fast reads -- more so in the later books than the earlier ones in the series. Although this series has grown increasingly unpopular with fans as it has become seemingly more about smut and less about badass Anita Blake kicking monster-butt, Kiss the Dead seemed to possess more ties to the original books than the later installments have had.
This book was still fun and mindlessly enjoyable in most parts, but honestly, I've found I've lost track of Anita's lovers/boyfriends/sexpartners etc. I've also found myself growing increasingly bored by the romance in addition to the sex scenes. I've seemingly skipped over entire chapters just to get back to the mystery and action that made me fall in love with the series.
Although I can't imagine this series returning to its original roots due to the "ardeur", Anita's hunger to feed on sexual energy, I do hope Hamilton focuses more on the action that attracted readers and less on the erotica, which only appeals to a certain audience.
Blood Song did some things well, but did not fare so well in other areas. The language did not flow, as the author tried to keep the dialogue archaic,...moreBlood Song did some things well, but did not fare so well in other areas. The language did not flow, as the author tried to keep the dialogue archaic, but more modern terms would pop in. Nothing about this book was particularly revolutionary in terms of YA literature, and the story was rather simplistic. However, I did enjoy the book. I enjoyed the romance between main character Zeraphina and love interest Rodden. I liked how Zeraphina wasn't completely useless (although -- at times -- not incredibly likable) and was proficient with the bow. She did not seem overly Mary-Sueish, fortunately, and there were no hints of a love triangle.
While others might not enjoy this book because it is seemingly so generic in terms of YA fiction, I found myself entertained by it. Although this might have been a three star book, I bumped it up a star because neither of Zeraphina's animal companions (an eagle and a cat) died. I hate when animals die in stories...(less)
Some reviewers have been calling Team Human a parody, but it's really not like that at all. Sure, there are some jibes at vampire-fiction, such as wha...moreSome reviewers have been calling Team Human a parody, but it's really not like that at all. Sure, there are some jibes at vampire-fiction, such as what type of vampire would willingly want to attend high school. But otherwise, it was merely a different type of YA-vampire pnr novel. The idea was good, but the execution... not so much. I felt the authors wanted to keep the story on one track, but the story skewed off onto another. Instead of humor and removing the glamour of being a vampire, the authors were insistent on a happy ending. And this is fine, since the story is directed at a young adult audience,but I was secretly holding out for a different outcome. Like a certain best friend dying or being zombified. Oh well, a girl can dream.(less)
Getting through this book was quite the challenge. I was turned off my the main character, particularly her selfishness and lack of a spine. She const...moreGetting through this book was quite the challenge. I was turned off my the main character, particularly her selfishness and lack of a spine. She constantly succumbed to peer pressure. The other characters also felt incredibly one-dimensional. Howver, the story picked up in the end and I enjoyed the second half of the novel, so I was glad to have stuck with it.(less)
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 more...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"]>(less)
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 anothe...moreAwake 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