I've read a lot of books by Kelley Armstrong and I think she gets better with every book. I loved this one! It just sucked me in so fast I didn't even...moreI've read a lot of books by Kelley Armstrong and I think she gets better with every book. I loved this one! It just sucked me in so fast I didn't even realize what was happening. It's madness, I tell you! Madness! But seriously, this book was a page-turner from start to finish.
I loved the story. Kelley Armstrong has a really unique way of story, world and character building. I'd like to think that I'd be able to identify her as the author of a book, even if I hadn't seen the cover with her name on it.
The Story I really liked the story. It started out with a bang, kind of shocking and awesome, which in my opinion is the best way to start a book. It totally made me curious, which I guess was the point. And I kept being curious throughout the book. There was just so much mystery. Even though there were a few things that were pretty obvious, it managed to keep me guessing. I'm still trying to figure some stuff out. You know how some books that are part of a series either answer most of the burning questions by the end of the book and either end with a cliffhanger by creating new conflict before the ending of the book or they end relatively finished and just create new problems in the next book? This is not one of them. Neither were any of the Darkest Powers books. Kelley Armstrong starts out building up her story by piling up question upon question and by the end of the book only a few are answered. So basically you're only satisfied when you've finished the entire series and even then sometimes it's questionable. I swear I'm insatiable when it comes to this women's writing. And you might say: "But Kimmy, that's the point. You're not supposed to feel satisfied, not until you've finished the entire series." But here's the thing, I'm sure I've read part-of-series books that left me both satisfied and dying to read the next book. But maybe that's just my imagination.
OK, so back to the actual book.
The Characters I really liked the characters. While no character can reach the level of awesomeness that are Clay and Elena from the Women of the Otherworld series, these characters are definitely worth reading about. Maya was a really nice and sweet person with a great sense of humor. I especially loved her relationship with her parents, how she teased them and they took it in stride. The whole thing just got hilarious sometimes.
I also really liked Daniel. He was just the best friend a girl could have. He was so supportive and protective of Maya. Well, if I'm honest, Maya and Daniel were supportive and protective of each other. It was just so obvious that they care about each other and that they can always count on each other.
Then there was Rafe. I'm not sure what to make of him. I see him as kind of a sexy bad boy and a little guarded, but underneath it all he can be a really sweet and loyal person (and still sexy). ( I think I need to write my own definition of sweet for a guy, because I suddenly get the feeling that "sweet" sounds girly or geeky, and Rafe is anything but that). I also like Rafe's relationship with Maya. I love how competitive they get when they're around each other. I just love them together.
The only problem I really had with this book is that it just wasn't long enough, therefore I hated the ending. It was probably a perfectly good ending, all "everything is okay for now" but I still hate it. Because it came too fast! I want more...Now! I still have so many questions, there's so much that still needs to be resolved!
*mumbles Ugh, but I loved it.
In short, this is a seriously awesome, highly addictive page-turner with just a hint of humor. What are you still doing here? Go! Buy it!(less)
I really liked this book. But when I finished it, my thoughts were in complete disarray and I honestly didn't know what to think. There was just so mu...moreI really liked this book. But when I finished it, my thoughts were in complete disarray and I honestly didn't know what to think. There was just so much going through my mind. But the truth is that I really liked it.
First of all, this book started out absolutely awesome. And it immediately gave me material to start thinking up theories of what was going on. I assume you know by now that I always try to figure out the plot from the start, I always have at least one theory and this was no different. But this book was hard to figure out in a weird way. But I think that's partly because I couldn't remember the entire synopsis and I refused to read it again, because I wanted to be surprised. And boy, was I and that is not easy to do.
The story As I said, the story started out absolutely awesome. After the beginning it kind of slowed down a bit. It alternated between sucking me in and then letting go of me a little, but it was enough to distract me, to make me get up to do something else for a second, which of course always took a lot longer than that. . But about a quarter of the way through, I got sucked in completely and I'm happy to say that it didn't let go of me after that. I loved the paranormal elements. I think I read this book for six hours straight, until I was finished. Which means I stayed up most of the night. I just couldn't look away. But I really don't regret it. It was awesome!
The characters Okay, so you know how I mentioned that my thoughts were completely scrambled after I finished this book? Well, it's because of the characters. I liked them, but they also made me so angry. I liked Sasha, she was smart, bookish and I loved her witty, smart ass replies to Connor. I also liked that looks weren't that important to her. But it was weird, because it seemed that at the same time they were. She was so insecure and she kept putting herself down. Maybe it wasn't so much that she didn't think looks were important, but it was more that she had given up on ever looking beautiful therefore looks weren't important, only brains were. I understand the insecurity, trust me, but saying to a guy that no guy is interested in you when he obviously is or that you're not beautiful when he obviously thinks so, is just...it's just...ugh. And I think the biggest reason why I have a problem with this, is because she sounded beautiful. Based on her description I would think she was pretty, but like the girl from She's All That or The Princess Diaries who just needed a little bit of a makeover. Anyway, next character. Let's go to one I really loved. Connor, Sasha's ex-best friend!!!! Honestly Connor was an ass. But that's not why I liked him. I liked him because no matter what, he did care about Sasha. And he was kind of funny. While I started out not trusting him and wanting Sasha to ignore him, slowly but surely I started to trust him. The thing with Connor was that he was really mature, well , when it came to most things. I liked his way of thinking and agreed with him in almost everything. Was it the right thing to trust him? *Whispers: Read the book and you'll find out. I also really liked Ethan, Sasha's current best friend. He was just a really great friend. *sigh I just love reading about guys who are amazing best friends. Ooh and I loved Sasha's mom. The woman was fun and hilarious and just girly. I also like that she's Pakistani and that she's laid back despite all the rules she must've grown up with. Then there was the one who was the cause of most of my anger and confusion. You know I'm looking at you Ariston *glares at Ariston. Well, I won't let him take all the blame because it was more the combination of him and Sasha together. I just...I can't even... Wait, let's start at the beginning. I started out really liking Ariston. Okay, I admit it, I was in love. The guy's charming and very possibly hotness incarnate, although I wouldn't mind finding Connor sitting all wrapped up like a present on my terrace. *cough Anyway, Ariston sounded like a dream come true. So of course I immediately didn't trust him. Actually, there was another reason why I didn't trust him just like there was a reason why started trusting Connor, but I don't want to spoil anything so I won't mention it. (Please come back when you've read the book because I really need someone to talk to about it.) But that wasn't even the reason why I started disliking him. I started disliking him, because I realized that I didn't agree with how he handled things. Let's just say, he was a little immature and he didn't think things at least one thing through. And when Ariston and Sasha were together, her insecurities doubled and after "IT" happened (I know you want to know what "IT" is ;) ), I just didn't always agree with Sasha's actions. Which made me object to the last part of the book. Although that last line almost made me fall in love with Ariston all over again. Almost. The thing is that he's a sweet guy, but I just can't get over the rest. And then there is my theory, which if true just makes everything worse.
Ultimately, I really liked Sacred. I loved the story, it was really well thought out and it was such a page turner ( See: stayed up most of the night to read). The only problem I really had was with some of the characters' actions. And in a way I think that made the story better. It's just that I love to love my characters. And I hate it when they annoy me. And I'm not talking about sarcasm, (because I love that) but more stupidity and immaturity. While there wasn't really stupidity, there was immaturity. But can I really fault teens for that? *sigh(less)
Oh WOW, this book was amazing! Well, actually, the first half of the book was just great. And then the second half came and showed the first half how...moreOh WOW, this book was amazing! Well, actually, the first half of the book was just great. And then the second half came and showed the first half how it was done. And the ending was fireworks basically.
I loved and hated the last few pages of this book. The whole thing just got frustrating, which in this case is a really good thing. It's the kind of frustration that causes you to feel like throwing the book across the room and hugging it to your chest all in the same second. It's the kind of frustration caused by breathtaking, fast-paced moments laced with love, heartbreak, sadness and the tiniest amount of hope. It's these moments that I live for when reading books and that is what this book delivered in those last few pages.
I liked the characters. Scarlet was a sweet, simple and slightly pessimistic girl, but who can blame her after waking up in the woods with no memory of her life before that moment whatsoever.
I loved Scarlet's friend Heather. She was so positive and upbeat and fiercely protective of Scarlet, always making sure she didn't lose her love of life. I also loved her passion for fashion.
Then there were Gabriel and Tristan. I liked Gabriel but he kind of paled in comparison to Tristan. Why are mysterious, obviously troubled guys with a sweet side so sexy? Really, why? But they are. Where Gabriel was super sweet, honest, loyal and simple, Tristan was passionate, sexy with a hidden sweet side, kind of like those Mon Cherie chocolates. You know, the ones with chocolate on the outside and rum on the inside. Okay, you know you've got to stop talking about a guy if you start referring to him as chocolate. But the truth is, that's not the only reason I liked Tristan. I liked him because he was so selfless and amazing. Okay, so we're back to the gushing. But I really can't explain without spoiling it for you.
This book was just so many things. It was good, great and at times absolutely amazing and completely frustrating. I still have so many questions, but I really liked it and I can't wait for the next installment. (less)
First of all, this has to be the longest novella in the history of novellas. And I loved every minute of it. (Authors everywhere, THIS is how it’s don...moreFirst of all, this has to be the longest novella in the history of novellas. And I loved every minute of it. (Authors everywhere, THIS is how it’s done).
Dawson and Bethany were such a cute couple, to the point that it was disgustingly completely sweet and adorable at times. I really like Dawson, he’s basically the polar opposite of Daemon. Trust me on this. Dawson’s friendly (Bethany could actually tell Dawson and Daemon apart because one was always ready with a smile and the other was always ready with a glare, true story), caring, thoughtful and sexy with a teeny tiny bit of a wild side. (Hello middle-of-the-classroom make-out session!)
This book also gave me a better understanding of Daemon and why he acts the way he does. That isn’t to say that Daemon was an angel before everything went down with his brother, but I like to think that Daemon would’ve been less of a jerk to Katy if things hadn’t happened the way they did.
Reading about Dawson also made me realize that I might like Daemon more than I thought I did. When it comes to having a good, simple relationship, Dawson is definitely the more reliable horse hottie to bet on. But when it comes to the story, I like that Daemon’s a complicated guy. You never know what he’ll do next, which makes for a pretty unpredictable relationship between him and his Kitten, not to mention explosive chemistry and hilarious banter. I’m sure I’ll still feel like punching him every once in a while all the time, but I’m starting to think that I wouldn’t have it any other way.
(By the way, on more than one occasion in the book, Daemon emphasized how much he hates humans and how he wouldn’t be caught dead with one. It made me smile and think to myself “Never say never, Daemon. Never say never.” It felt like an inside joke between the author and those who have read Obsidian.)
In short, I loved reading about Dawson and Bethany. I’ve been dying to know more about them ever since they were first mentioned in Obsidan. And they did not disappoint. This is a must-read if you’re curious about how it all began and if you want a better understanding of Daemon. (less)
I really liked this book. It's weird, because not much actually happens, but the way it's written, the mystery, the suspense, it just makes the book s...moreI really liked this book. It's weird, because not much actually happens, but the way it's written, the mystery, the suspense, it just makes the book so engaging that you just can't stop reading because you have to find out how everything turns out.
The story is told from four points of view, that of Drew, Gabie, Kayla and Kayla's kidnapper. If someone told me that they read a book that was written from four points of view, my first thought would be: "That must've been confusing." But this wasn't. On the contrary, it added to the story. It was interesting to know what the "key players" were thinking at different moments during the story. It also made it possible to experience certain moments through the character actually going through it, instead of having to learn it through a character who was only being told about it.I think I'm really warming up to the idea of multiple points of view. If it's done well that is. And this one did it well.
The story spans a time period of about two weeks (not counting what I would call the epilogue), starting with the night Kayla is abducted and coming to a close after she's found. The book takes it one day at a time, showing each day from the different points of view. I think it's a very unique way of writing and it fit the story. I also liked the barely there paranormal aspect of the story.Even now I wonder...was it real or was it just wishful thinking?
But what I think I loved most was the detail, the supporting materials added to the story. A paragraph would either be preceded or followed up by evidence or general information on how cases are handled that wouldn't seem important until it turned out that it was.
Although there was a lot of attention to detail when it came to making the story believable, at the same time some things were left to the imagination. While on some level I like and appreciate that, I also kind of hate open endings. While the ending of this one wasn't really open it also didn't feel finished. We never find out what exactly happened on the night of Kayla's disappearance although there's a lot of speculation throughout the book. I also wish Gabie and Drew's friendship was addressed in the end.
Ultimately, this was a nice, quick read. The writing style was unlike any I've read before and the book was all the better because of it. If you're looking for an interesting read with a bit of mystery and a hint of suspense, then this is the book for you.(less)