I don't know. I just don't know. It was kind of a cool idea but the execution was less than impressive. I have a lot of fondness for SM but it wasn'tI don't know. I just don't know. It was kind of a cool idea but the execution was less than impressive. I have a lot of fondness for SM but it wasn't enough to make this work.
Things I liked : The whole hotel in Phoenix section was greatly improved. There were neat ideas about Carine, the Volturi and Jules was way better than Jake. Also, some nice humorous scenes.
But, gah, it was odd. Certainly there was nothing as engrossing about Beau and Edythe compared to Edward and Bella. ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. All my doubts did not come to fruition. It was fun, heartfelt and while the plot wasn't the most engaging it alwaysI thoroughly enjoyed reading this. All my doubts did not come to fruition. It was fun, heartfelt and while the plot wasn't the most engaging it always felt fresh and surprising.
I particularly liked the depth and diversity to the supporting characters and the sense that every single path a person would choose was important and viable.
There were points where the multiple POVs felt unnecessary and I would have loved some more linguistic exploration of the names of the spells. Also, some of the dialogue didn't quite hit the mark. Like you could tell Rowell was trying to sound British and it didn't always feel authentic. (overuse of the word 'bloke' and saying 'mobile' when a modern kid would just say phone.)
Overall, I liked it and I'll probably pick it up and read it again. ...more
Picked this up as a free kindle read and it was a perfectly enjoyable for a lazy hungover evening. The writing and editing was decent and I quickly caPicked this up as a free kindle read and it was a perfectly enjoyable for a lazy hungover evening. The writing and editing was decent and I quickly came to care bout the characters. It suffered a bit from pacing issues -- like it kind of meandered plotwise in the last part. But Theo(!) He was so fun he made up for it.
Still not sure I want to spend a few quid on the sequel though....more
I really liked the first section. I appreciated the latter sections, particularly the dedication to the style. The conflict always felt a lit3.5 stars
I really liked the first section. I appreciated the latter sections, particularly the dedication to the style. The conflict always felt a little bit too vague to be very threatening but it was still pretty riveting and an overall enjoyable read....more
I thought Richelle Mead was the author i could read every book they wrote in a particular world and not be disappointed alas, i was wrong
Guys, it painsI thought Richelle Mead was the author i could read every book they wrote in a particular world and not be disappointed alas, i was wrong
Guys, it pains me to say it but this was SO BAD
I've long been a fan of this series (VA and BL). I could overlook the flaws because it was so much fun. But this last book was dull and annoying and plain old bad.
For example, in the very first chapter sydney is turned into a cat. does that sound like the tone the rest of these books had With no romantic tension left between A and S, there was nothing to hold my interest. They were boring now. The plot was wafer thin. like, i don't remember or care about the people on the sidelines who were holding the plot up. i skimmed a lot. i didn't care.
The series was founded on S moving away and keeping Jill safe. it could have ended only on that and it would have been fine. i could have lived with that. i could have pretended all the lame aspects introduced later (warriors. magic.) didn't happen. it should have been about Adrian and Sydney dismantling the injustices of the alchemist and the vamp society. but it wasn't.
Seriously, that was some fucked up shit. Why should we accept that dhampirs should be guards? Why should we get over what the Alchemists did when they tortured Sydney?
It makes me mad that we were meant to still accept these things.
it made me madder still that the most important reveal was about a baby. i don't read YA books for babies and the ability to reproduce to be a major issue. Rose and Dimitri having children some day never even registered with me and it was ooc for it to matter one iota to them. the happy ending for Sydney 19 YEAR OLD SYDNEY was to live a modest life raising some random baby while Adrian taught art. really?
I JUST CAN'T WITH THIS SHIT
not to mention all the other bad stuff -like how bad the writing was. cool it with the adverbs, richelle -the voices were not in any way distinct -the characters lost their spark -the awful awful attitude to the camps. i don't know about you guys but a bunch of dhampir women taking off to live in peace together to raise their babies and occasionally, consensually, engage in a little enjoyable prostitution sounds pretty cool and progressive to me. but no, the women are shamed and the consumers are not.
This was so bad, so disappointing. i haz a sad ...more
I'm not even going to rate this because I DON'T KNOW HOW I FEEL.
I suffered through the tv show and it was not good but I still really enjoyed it. I cI'm not even going to rate this because I DON'T KNOW HOW I FEEL.
I suffered through the tv show and it was not good but I still really enjoyed it. I can't explain. Once I read that all the awful dialogue is actually taken right from the book, I knew I had to try it. After reading, I can say that the show is one of the most faithful adaptations I have ever come across. The dialogue, the structure, the lengthy boring scenes were all exactly the same.
The book is equal parts utter pretentiousness and sorta compelling storytelling. It was a little more obvious about some things and little vaguer about others. Very much a car-crash reading experience but I still found myself really invested in Roman and Peter. Like, I actually care about them now? I think. idk
The ending, though. The show ending was WTF enough but the book one was even worse.
And can someone please explain why they say "shee-it" all the time? Seriously. ...more
This was just as good as I hoped it would be. It's no secret that I really really loved When the Sea is Rising Red and I think you all should read it.This was just as good as I hoped it would be. It's no secret that I really really loved When the Sea is Rising Red and I think you all should read it. The sequel was definitely more mature, restrained even, but equally enjoyable.
I liked all the mind games and social politics that made up the plot. I love the writing -- it's sharp but it can still be emotional and full of pretty descriptions. I loved seeing the characters, old and new. Felicita is wonderfully flawed. She's got great intentions and limits herself with her own issues. She's also a fantastic example of a when a narrator doesn't see the full picture. As a reader, it's fun to see what the character is missing. I also really liked seeing her perspective mature.
It was great to get to know Jannick better, out from poor Dash's shadow. The odd bitterness of Harun and Isidro was horribly engrossing.
I did love reading Felicita's and Jannick's burgeoning relationship (despite the fact they were already married.) It was nice to see something burn slowly and have them be more hidden than open but still have it blossom into something wonderful. Also, and this is a word I lathe to use, but it was really sexy.
The strongest thing, though, and the thing that makes me want to revisit these books is the world-building. It feels so complete but I still want to peel it back and learn more. It addresses important real-world issues like classism and discrimination and women's right and fear and power and many more and it feels relevant to real life and natural to the story. I love the society as much as I love the magic.
There were a few things I didn't get -- some needless deaths and some quickly formed relationships that didn't really feel authentic -- but they didn't hamper my overall enjoyment of the
Basically, I'm not doing a good job at explaining so but this was a great book that I loved and I wish more people would read it. The excerpt from the future book at the end made me giddy. ...more
This had a lot of elements that I should have liked but I still felt like I was plodding through.
It was long and the pacing got all mixed up with thoThis had a lot of elements that I should have liked but I still felt like I was plodding through.
It was long and the pacing got all mixed up with those background chapters. A lot of pointless shit happened and the clothing descriptions bugged me. Tana was like one of those poor horror movie victims who run around in a sheer nightgown. And all the modern references to the internet and stuff didn't feel natural. And there was one scene that was straight out of Buffy/Angel
God, I could complain forever but it was still a little bit engrossing and Gavriel is kind of cool and I'll read the next one. I just won't be excited for it like I was for this. ...more
This was a really cool idea but it got a bit bogged down in details at times. It was creepy and innovative and well-balanced. I appreciated how the scThis was a really cool idea but it got a bit bogged down in details at times. It was creepy and innovative and well-balanced. I appreciated how the scary stuff, relationships, family, romance and character development all got an even representation.
Katie was a great heroine. She's strong and brave and caring and really easy to root for. I'm excited for the next book!...more
The Farm had a huge amount of issues but it was a pretty enjoyable book nonetheless.
The concept was cool and there was decent amount of (rather implaThe Farm had a huge amount of issues but it was a pretty enjoyable book nonetheless.
The concept was cool and there was decent amount of (rather implausible action) so that kept me turning the pages even when it was making my eyes roll.
It was quite bizarre that amongst all the life and death stuff there'd be these random silly lines or pop culture references and it pulled me right out of the story. I have no idea what the author was intending with them.
Sebastian was quite cool, I have to admit. Carter pulled a major douche move but there were still some times that he was pretty likeable.
But I had a couple of major issues that I couldn't get past
- Lily, the MC, was annoying and argumentative at the best of times but her thought processes and judgemental attitude towards McKenna and the other 'breeders' was quite disgusting. Look, I can get that deliberately pregnant to try avoid giving blood was a problematic when they had no idea what the fate of the babies would be. However, Lily's distaste seemed to be more about the conception rather than the pregnancy. She was super smug about not having to have sex with anyone. Girl, you're in a death camp. People do what they have to do to survive. Even when she started to be a little more open-minded towards McKenna, she never regretted her earlier judgements and it annoyed me so much.
-There is a constant underlying threat of rape on the Farm. Even the girls who consent, well, it's hardly true consent. But when Lily gets attacked and almost assaulted, Carter says something like 'You nearly got yourself raped and killed' like it was her fault and there was zero argument to show that it wasn't. Ugh.
There were plotholes galore (seriously, someone explain the hormone thing logically or why turning eighteen was significant) and some questionable writing but I didn't hate it and I will most likely read the next book in the series....more
This book has its fair share of imperfections and sometimes the writing feels kind of obvious but none of that matters because it is such aSO MUCH FUN
This book has its fair share of imperfections and sometimes the writing feels kind of obvious but none of that matters because it is such an enjoyable read. I found it adorable and interesting and witty and seeing Adrian and Sydney together made me smile a lot.
There's not exactly anything wrong with this book but ultimately, I found it underwhelming.
I love vampires. I love stories set after the breakdown ofThere's not exactly anything wrong with this book but ultimately, I found it underwhelming.
I love vampires. I love stories set after the breakdown of society as we know it. I love kick-ass, spiky but still likeable, heroines and cute boys for them to love.
But this book really didn't do much for me.
I've seen some reviews saying the first section was boring, but I found it to be quite the opposite. I really liked seeing the world where humans were blood-cattle for vampires and the struggle of rebellious humans to survive. I thought Allie's transformation was really well done and Kanin was a simply fascinating character. I wish we had more of him and his history and his views on morality.
When he peaced out, Allison's journey took a turn down the path into boring town. There was nothing about her journey or the people she met or their issues that I hadn't seen done before in more engaging ways. The romance, while pretty sweet and genuine, was not exactly swoon-worthy and the subsequent conflict was hurried and under-developed.
I didn't much like how it ended but I'll most likely read the next one.
The Immortal Rules lacked originality and tension and the strength of Allison's character was the the only thing that stopped it from being totally banal....more
When the most entertaining thing about a book was a joke about Two and a Half Men, you know things are bad.It's actually really sad to see a series thWhen the most entertaining thing about a book was a joke about Two and a Half Men, you know things are bad.It's actually really sad to see a series that was once fun and sexy and enjoyable turn into something so pointless and pathetic.
All it's many issues are so obvious, so easily fixable, that it's just mind-boggling that it got this bad.
First of all the pricing here in Ireland is ridiculous. I checked. It's €12 to €15 with a significant discount from the RRP. I don't know why anyone would be expected to pay so much for such a poor book and this genre is generally priced low anyway.
Rant aside, this book was just strange. Not as strange as the previous one, granted, but still pretty bizarre. The opening scene at the strip club was odd. The constant casual references to Sookie's cousins, one of whom was meant to be gay, wanting her were crazy unnecessary. The sweetness and charm and old-fashioned manners that made Sookie likeable disappeared. Look, if you work as a waitress for a living you don't tell fellow servers oh, I'm a waitress too. Appreciate how polite I am. No, you know how hard the job can be and you just make it easier where you can without looking for praise. If you hang out with all manner of supernaturals, who thinking nothing of things like incest, cannibalism, murder etc etc ,and don't blink an eye when people die all over your property, then you don't get on your judgemental high-horse over someone who works as a professional wrestler and gasp, is actually nice and polite in real life. And for God's sake, if you're a telepathic woman who's known abuse and hardship and violence, or just you know a person with sympathy for other people, you don't look down on a poor soon-to-be dead girl when desperation and exploitation pushes her into poor choices.
WHAT WOULD ADELE SAY, SOOKIE?
the other issues are multiple. too much info about every day activities (at least we know how to make sweet potato pie now), too many old suitors still quite literally sniffing around Sookie, contrived plotting, bad writing and of course THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF ERIC'S CHARACTER AND THE PAIRING SHE SPENT A LOAD OF BOOKS SETTING UP.
I hate Harris for ruining basically the best male character in a PNR series. I hate that she felt she had to make him even colder and crueller in order to end the relationship. I hate how she never had them talk on the phone or communicate in any way that a normal couple would. I hate how there was no romance, emotionless sex. Did he even give her a birthday gift? And the cluviel dor thing. rage rage rage. I saw where she was coming from but me and Eric were right to want her to use it to get him out of the the arranged marriage.
The ending with Sam was sufficiently dramatic and sets up what seemed to be a foregone conclusion for a while now. But I didn't get invested in this series for it to go down like this and I'm pretty mad at what's happening.
I've come this far so I'm sure I'll read the next one. But I won't be happy about it. And at those prices, I sure as hell won't be buying them....more
I really wanted to love this book. Parts of it were really good. The first section, the one that was set 'pre-virus' was really engaging and it was reI really wanted to love this book. Parts of it were really good. The first section, the one that was set 'pre-virus' was really engaging and it was really easy to empathise with the characters and a world set in the immediate future. But once it jumped forward it took a long time for me to get into it again. it was like a whole other book and the author didn't do a great job of establishing the new world. it was too wordy and the character introductions weren't anything that grabbed me. eventually, i did get to like them and understand the world but it shouldn't have taken so long. when this book was good, it was really good. with heartfelt scenes, tension and fear and excitement. but when it was bad it was super boring. i had to skim lots of it. i also felt that there was too much left unexplained. with the way the pov jumped and sometimes (if i remember right) went omniscient, i would have liked more answers. it was over-ambitous, imo. i'm not sure if i want to read the rest of the trilogy....more
More like two and a half stars but I'm rounding up.
Blood Rights is not the most engaging vampire book I've ever read and it feels weighed down by mucMore like two and a half stars but I'm rounding up.
Blood Rights is not the most engaging vampire book I've ever read and it feels weighed down by much unnecessary details and a tendency towards cheesiness.
I didn't really get the connection between Mal and Chrysabelle (and let's just take a moment to ponder how bad that name is) or feel and really dramatic tension. The plot did tick along nicely, though, and managed to take me by surprise a few times.
I doubt I'll continue with the series but I wasn't annoyed or offended by this book.
When I read Discovery of Witches, I enjoyed it despite myself.
Shadow of Night was a lot harder to like. It's way too long. There are countless words dWhen I read Discovery of Witches, I enjoyed it despite myself.
Shadow of Night was a lot harder to like. It's way too long. There are countless words dedicated to unimportant descriptions and relatively insignificant minor characters. Yet, important events are often glossed over. It's told in the first person but Diana's voice is in no way distinctive nor does it provide an insight into her emotions. Major, life-changing events are referred to with the same tone as day to day occurrences. And the famous historical figures. I reached saturation point with them in the first chapter and they just kept on coming. It did the story a dis-service, as the original characters were far more interesting than the ones inspired by real people. It's a personal preference but I intensely dislike using real people, even long dead famous ones, in fiction. Unless done with great subtlety, it feel trite and self-indulgent and Harnkness basically smacked her readers over the head with who's who of Tudor England.
I liked some elements. Matthew is quite charming. The Londoners like Annie, Jack and Goody were a treat to read and provided some much needed human emotion and some genuinely sweet moments. Diana and Matthew (or whatever he's calling himself) aren't exactly a great OTP but they have pretty genuine chemistry. There were some nice historical details, Gallowglass was fun and I liked the paralleled father storylines.
But they main impression I'm left with is that so much happened and so many boring things were described, and when it came down to it they didn't really have a massive bearing on the plot or teach us a lot about the characters. It just felt rather dry and lacked tension or emotion.
It's not without it's charms and has a lot of potential, but this was over-hyped and underwhelming.
Surprisingly enjoyable. Basically everything I hoped for from Kierstan White's books and didn't get.
I've never read anything by Barnes before (i'm notSurprisingly enjoyable. Basically everything I hoped for from Kierstan White's books and didn't get.
I've never read anything by Barnes before (i'm not a werewolf person) so I didn't really know what to expect here. There were simply lots of things to like about this book.
The writing style and the tone of Kali's narration made her a good character and, more importantly, made the book fun to read. She was witty and strong and feisty and good and willing to learn. This is what pushed it into four star territory.
Sure, some things were a little lame. Skylar was an Alice Cullen of a girl. Bethany was under-rated. Some of the supernatural elements were a little muddy and contrived. Some of Kali's thought processes were repetitive. The whole 'we're meant to come in pairs' thing was a little icky and and implied a lack of choice.
The plot elements (young girl who's different, distant/absent parents, blood, mysterious boys, mystery solving, conspiracies, ass kicking, quirky friends and some bonus genetic experimentation) are not new or original. But Barnes pull them off with style, a willingness to be harsh and a healthy sense of humour and that's what made it such a fun read.
Earlier this year, when I read By Midnight I was really pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it. I'd been really looking forward to the sequel aEarlier this year, when I read By Midnight I was really pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it. I'd been really looking forward to the sequel and snapped it up as soon as it came out. Sadly, it was really disappointing.
The atmospheric quality that made By Midnight intriguing seemed to be completely absent. April was no longer fun and independent. Rather, she was selfish and over-dramatic and kinda dumb. Sure, there's a certain amount of character behaviour that you can let go due to grief and emotional distress but there comes a point where you want to slap a character and she reached it several times. I will admit though, she did have a nice few lines that made me appreciate that she's not a doormat. Gabriel, too, was super annoying. There's only so many mood swings and break ups and make ups a person can deal with before they stop wanting the characters to be together. Most of the time, they hardly seemed to like each other let alone be in love.
There was just too much obvious plot direction, too many contrived misunderstanding and the plot became muddled and predictable. It just didn't evoke any emotion in me and i couldn't care about what happened. Plus, we got barely any real answers to the larger mystery.
By Midnight was noticeably cliché and weak places, but it had enough strong points to make it engaging. Darkness Falls had even more weaknesses and not enough good points to make the reader push past them and it did not make the best of all it's creepy potential.
It feels like a commercial exercise rather than a book with any real care put into it, like a blatant jumping on the vampire bandwagon (complete with characters who love Robert Pattinson) without enough respect for the readers of the genre to give them something of decent quality....more
After the way I read and loved the Vampire Academy books earlier this year, I was genuinely excited to get this book. I was pretty sure there would beAfter the way I read and loved the Vampire Academy books earlier this year, I was genuinely excited to get this book. I was pretty sure there would be no-one for me to love as much as Dimitri (and there wasn't) but I find Sydney to be a much more likeable protagonist than Rose. I just relate more to her and I see a lot of potential for growth there. I liked her from when she turned in Russia though.
Her pov makes Adrian shine way more than Rose's did. I get him now. I see his appeal and I see how he and Sydney could be good for each other.
RM has a great knack of portraying emotional struggles on page and she did this well with Adrian and Sydney here. People like Jill and Eddie and the other more minor characters were a little bland, but they didn't bother me.
It was a quick fun read. I wasn't expecting anything ground-breaking but I did enjoy what was there. Some aspects are extremely predictable and others took me surprise. And I keep reminding myself how the first VA book didn't immediately suck me in either. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the books. The last line of this one ensures that....more