I don't think I've read many books that promise an epic conclusion and actually deliver. Horde does just that.
In the final installment of the only zo...moreI don't think I've read many books that promise an epic conclusion and actually deliver. Horde does just that.
In the final installment of the only zombie series I've managed to read (I can't stand zombies!), we finally get to see Deuce play a critical role in making history. And wow, her adventures made for an excellent story. I'll be sad that I won't be getting to read anymore of her adventures, but I'm glad about the ending.
This final installment will not disappoint fans of the series.(less)
The first peek into Meg Cabot's The Mediator series came in the form of a small excerpt of Haunted in Seventeen magazine. I fell in love with that exc...moreThe first peek into Meg Cabot's The Mediator series came in the form of a small excerpt of Haunted in Seventeen magazine. I fell in love with that excerpt, and eagerly sought out more. I loved this series completely. Suze was a great lead. Jesse was a great romantic interest. Paul made for a great addition to the formation of a love triangle. Although I was personally rooting for underdog, bad-boy Paul, I'm glad the series ended in such a manner (even though I would have preferred it never ended.) So thank you, Meg Cabot, for the amazing series that thoroughly entertained me as a teenager.(less)
I couldn't put this one down! I really enjoyed the story and the characters. The ending was perfect. While I am not too big on one-shots, this was ama...moreI couldn't put this one down! I really enjoyed the story and the characters. The ending was perfect. While I am not too big on one-shots, this was amazingly well done.
Shadows on the Moon is about a girl who loses everything, even herself. She's strong and dedicated, and she's out for a revenge. Of course, love gets in the way and she finds herself having to choose between her past and her future. Fortunately, the ending was wonderful, and readers are given plenty of closure.(less)
Ever since the cancellation of Veronica Mars, I have been trying to fill the gaping void left behind in my life. Spy novels with teenage sleuths are c...moreEver since the cancellation of Veronica Mars, I have been trying to fill the gaping void left behind in my life. Spy novels with teenage sleuths are common finds, but quality ones are hard to come by.
Maggie is a breath of fresh air in the genre. She is smart and witty, and she's no Mary Sue. This girl isn't superhuman or a super spy, but she does possess a unique skill set. And she doesn't go needlessly putting herself in harm's way. At least not without a solid reason.
I also enjoyed the secondary characters. Maggie's parents play an active role in the story rather than succumbing to the disappearing or dead parents trope. Also, best friend Roux actually seemed like a real character instead of a filler. I loved her biting and sarcastic personality.
This book comes packed with the right ingredients: romance, friendship, family, mystery and action. All in all, AKA is a series to look forward to. (less)
All of the praise this book has been getting is well deserved. I went into this book with high expectations, and I was not disappointed. Admittedly, I...moreAll of the praise this book has been getting is well deserved. I went into this book with high expectations, and I was not disappointed. Admittedly, I did not see what all the hype was about during the first half of the book. Once I passed the fifty-percent mark, I could finally see the reason for all the five-stars and was unable to put the book down until I had finished the remainder.
Shadow and Bone is an amazing novel set in a world where magic exists. Magic users are known as Grisha, each with their own special ability. They live glamorous lives in the royal palace, working for nobility, or serving as high ranking commanders in the military. The most powerful of all the Grisha is the Darkling, a mysterious and handsome figure who takes an interest in the protagonist Alina.
Alina is an orphan who was, as a child, taken in by an orphanage run by a nobleman. She grew up alongside her friend Mal, and the two have been inseparable since meeting. They even joined the military together -- Mal as a tracker, Alina as a mapmaker. However, when they are sent into the Fold, a dark place full of monsters known as volcra, Alina saves Mal from becoming Volcra-food. She is discovered to be a Sun Summoner, and the kingdom's only hope for closing the Fold.
Swept away to the palace by the Darkling and his guard, Alina is trained in the ways of the Grisha. Although she doubts her newly discovered abilities, she tries her best to adjust to the Grisha lifestyle and the absence of Mal. She trains hard to become the savior the people have been hoping for, but sinister plots are afoot.
Alina is an amazing heroine. She is strong and loyal, but she is also kind and merciful -- to an extent. She says her mind and stands up for what she believes to be right.
One reviewer, Steph Su, pointed out something that I was a bit bothered by. Beauty seemed like a prevalent theme in this book. All of the Grisha were beautiful. The queen was beautiful. The main character did not feel as if she could fit in at the palace because she didn't see herself as beautiful. But, to be honest, I could see the need to convey the shallow and vapid world of court life. At the same time, I could also see that there was a darkness associated with beauty -- particularly with Alina's friend, the Grisha Genya, who served as a beautician for the Queen.
I enjoyed this story immensely, and will definitely be anticipating the next installment in the trilogy.(less)
After reading Alanna: The First Adventure and subsequent novels in the series, I was engrossed by Pierce's fantasy world "Tortall". I eagerly scooped...moreAfter reading Alanna: The First Adventure and subsequent novels in the series, I was engrossed by Pierce's fantasy world "Tortall". I eagerly scooped up The Immortals series, but didn't actually start it until the other day (as I've been busy with other readings and such). The thing I love most about this series is the introduction of "immortals", which are basically mythological beasts such as harpies (stormwings) and dragons and ogres. This concept added a vastly more exciting element to the Tortall world than the Alanna's series, although I loved that one just as much. I love strong female characters, and Pierce manages again and again to present one without making them seem too perfect or Mary-Sueish.(less)
That was amazing. My mind was blown by how amazing Anna Dressed in Blood actually was. I can't believe I only just read this now, when I should have p...moreThat was amazing. My mind was blown by how amazing Anna Dressed in Blood actually was. I can't believe I only just read this now, when I should have picked it up ages ago. Good job, Kendare Blake. Good freaking job.
Wow. This was good. Definitely wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did.
The story is a historical-fantasy, set in a Russia where there is a lig...moreWow. This was good. Definitely wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did.
The story is a historical-fantasy, set in a Russia where there is a light fae court, a dark fae court, vampire families, werewolves, and many other paraonormal creatures. Our heroine Katiya is a Russian duchess and a necromancer with the potential to be extremely powerful. Although her mother seeks to marry her off to the richest/noblest suitor, Katiya dreams of becoming a female physician in a time where such a thing is rare and mostly unheard of -- especially for a woman of her social status.
The story is amazing, and you really can appreciate the effort the author put in regarding the setting, the characters, and the politics going on as Katiya navigates around those who will use her to meet their own agenda and those who she can actually trust, with the latter being in the minority.
The two love interests, George and Danilo, are both great in their own ways. Danilo is great because he makes an awesome badguy. George is great because he has the whole knight-in-shining-armor role down pat.