So far, the most revealing book of the series. So much about Salander's past sweeps along to shed light on her curious personality. The Girl Who PlayeSo far, the most revealing book of the series. So much about Salander's past sweeps along to shed light on her curious personality. The Girl Who Played with Fire devoted some much needed page space to really get the audience involved with its characters. It was fantastic and I stayed up until 2 am just so I could finish it! Page turner for certain!...more
In this one, there was a lot of new characters introduced, hidden talents of old characters blossoming, new emotions or maybe unknown emotions comingIn this one, there was a lot of new characters introduced, hidden talents of old characters blossoming, new emotions or maybe unknown emotions coming forth from everyone involved, new adorable couplings, a strong, steady and consistent concept and two really amazing, shocking and huge plot twists. At first I thought it would be a bit much, but they both blind-side you so well and mix together deliciously that it was a "perfect" twist. They weren't over bearing or obvious. They were subtle and snuck up on you, but didn't trap the reader with a desperate feeling.
In Wicked 2 Holly FINALLY calms down, the character isn't so intense which made for an effective and powerful ending because it tapered and all the right emotions were put in place by the authors. Speaking of the authors, by the way, they are phenomenal at creating endings that create a yearning as well as a deep sense of satisfaction. These books are really like a good meal. The first few bites are sheer bliss and hit all the right notes, then after the initial draw you just start shoveling it in, hungry for more, then as it goes on you begin to tire a bit, wondering where the initial spark had gone and by the end of the wonderful meal, you feel full and reflect on the taste, craving more but feeling heavy and satisfied. Best way I can describe their writing styles.
The fight scenes are incredible and I am glad that in this story they actually put more of a distance in between Isabeau and Jean, and Holly and Jer. The first book was great, don't get me wrong, but there was such a heavy influence from their ancestors that it really took away from the two modern day lovers which are more identifiable. The love scenes can be extremely cheesy and overdone, but the pagan influence makes it old world-y and strong, striking at the hearts of the readers. I also love that the two authors really did their homework. I absolutely love how ancient the magic and paganism felt while incorporating it with modern-day language. Perfect ladies! KEEP IT UP!
All in all a 4.5 star read. I recommend this to anyone who has patience and a respect that not everything is flowers and rainbows because it is so hard-hitting and cruel and devilish at times. Wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on the 3rd installment to delightfully finish off the series....more
There is soooo much going on in this book that its hard for me to write about it all. I found a couple of typos and minor errors and a few sentences wThere is soooo much going on in this book that its hard for me to write about it all. I found a couple of typos and minor errors and a few sentences were strange to read. However I love the rawness of this book. Its so in your face and historical while keeping it modern and up-to-date. These Authors really did their research because even though its hard to swallow it does portray long-forgotten magical beliefs. The spoiler will contain nothing too particular to the book itself but it will contain the types of magical practices and beliefs and the kind of thing that goes on in this book so that parents who like to pre-read will already have an idea of what this is like: (view spoiler)[It never goes into detail or anything of the sort, but it does speak of sex being a way to enhance magical powers so a lot of times that is a kind of ritual offering is having sex with a powerful witch or warlock. Again never ever any detail or even sexually explicit sex scenes, but it is mentioned a few times in there. Unfortunately for my animal lovers there are some animal sacrifices when they are referring to the older days of the covens and one animal sacrifice is made under a heavy heart in the modern world. Also there is a lot of death. And not just vague mentionings. Kind of detailed and none too appealing (hide spoiler)] All in all I find it a fabulous read for older or more mature/level headed teenagers. There are a lot of really heavy subjects to tackle, but going on that moral journey with the main characters is what really sucks the reader in and most of the characters are easily identifiable. It was written very very well. The descriptions/surroundings fit the book perfectly, the characters are created more in depth than most, the subject matters are serious and they are presented as such.
Its a fun book to read, but it is also intense and captivating. You're never really sure which coven is worse... And which circle head is the most evil. Enjoy!["br"]>["br"]>...more
Extremely intelligent. It moved slowly at first but I can't say that it deterred me in any way. I was still captivated the whole time in this thrillinExtremely intelligent. It moved slowly at first but I can't say that it deterred me in any way. I was still captivated the whole time in this thrilling who dunnit with a strange way of setting up the main character of the series. Very different and a breath of fresh air. Can't wait to get the second one!...more
I initially stopped reading the series after the previous for the simple reason that i didn't have the money or resources to get my hands on the nextI initially stopped reading the series after the previous for the simple reason that i didn't have the money or resources to get my hands on the next book. The entire Vampire Academy series is kind of a guilty pleasure for myself seeing as modern vampire teenage novels are all the rage and most are in poor taste, just glomming onto the bandwagon in hopes of making a quick buck before anyone's the wiser. Don't get me wrong sometimes the language and certain situations in this book definitely fit that bill and i have to roll my eyes at it but for reasons i just can't quite list i am in love with this series! Especially this installment. The anguish of Rose as she tracks down her lover to free him of undead life and the complete indecision on whether or not she can go through with it. The mental lapses concerning right and wrong and diving into a worl she despised. As cheesy as these things can be they're all very real emotional reactions. Rose was simply pushed to far in a direction she didn't want to go into and you see her character giving up a little and just letting things happen to her. Talk about character developement! When we first met Rose she was this snarky smart-ass with such a ferocity and fire to her that you couldn't help but kiiiind of want to be her... just a little. And now we see this wisened warrior starting to bloom with hazy judgement calls because not everything is as black and white as it all seemed to be behind Academy walls. That's exactly what this books is all about. Pushing the limit, exploring her comfort levels, knocking her back a notch and watching her really become a true guardian... not just some girl with strength and luck. The author did a fantastic job of showing us that but it still only gets a 4 out of 5 because of my eye rolling at how she went about getting her messages acrossed sometimes. You're so close Richelle!!! haha just need to tone down the cheese sometimes......more
Catherine Jinks is just flat out a genius! (Pun very much intended) I liked the other books in the series more but this added a human element to CadelCatherine Jinks is just flat out a genius! (Pun very much intended) I liked the other books in the series more but this added a human element to Cadel and even to Prosper. It was something I wasn't expecting to see because of the other two books. Though the ending wasn't what I wanted or expected it was still a great book. I'd recommend it it anyone!...more