This was this months pick for our book club. I honestly had no interest in reading this before, but when we picked it out this month, I thought that I...moreThis was this months pick for our book club. I honestly had no interest in reading this before, but when we picked it out this month, I thought that I would give it a try in between my busy schedule of upcoming blog tours and reviews.
This book grabbed my attention early on, however, it was very confusing. I had a really hard time pronouncing the names of some of the people and types of people, and I was very confused as to where the story took place. By some of the names and the map in the beginning of the book, I sort of gathered that they were near Russia. Or what is known as Russia today. I also didn't know what time frame or era we were in. Once I started to get a little less than half way through, it was becoming less confusing and definitely more interesting.
As for the characters, I really enjoyed them. At first I wasn't so keen on Alina's friend, Mal, but as the story pulled forward, he became a little more interesting. The Darkling was an enigma to me from the start. One minute he's mysterious and secluded from the rest, than he's forthcoming. You never knew about him from one chapter to the next. Alina was a very strong willed individual and yet very gullible. She easily fell for the smoke and mirrors of everything.
I am anticipating the next book and have to trek on down to my local library to find a copy of it soon.(less)
Liv, Forever is a great book from start to finish. I immediately dived right into this and didn’t want to put it down. The characters and the story ma...moreLiv, Forever is a great book from start to finish. I immediately dived right into this and didn’t want to put it down. The characters and the story make this such an awesomely intense read that anyone is sure to love this one.
Talkingon has a way of bringing this story to life. A lot of books I can read and picture in my head everything that is going on from the characters to what is happening, but with Liv, Forever, I felt like I was sitting on my couch in the dark watching a really intense movie filled with horror and romance.
Olivia (Liv) Bloom is your typical foster child. She doesn’t feel loved where ever she goes and has something to fall back on, her art. She attends an upper class school in the Boston area only to be left out and unwelcome by most of the students. All she cares about is her art, however. She didn’t realize that she would fall in love and make a friend. She also didn’t realize that her life would change forever.
Liv is a very determined individual. When she sets out to accomplish something, she is determined to follow it through to the end, even if it kills her. She is not the selfish type as most heroines are in stories. She wants what is best for everyone, even if it means leaving the ones she loves.
Malcolm and Gabe are two very different people. Malcolm is popular and rich, a school prefect, and part of a secret society brought down through the generations. When he takes a notice with the new girl, he gets the attention of all his peers. But that doesn’t bother him.
Gabe is everything that Malcolm is not. He keeps to himself, has long hair and is considered a “freak”. He has a very special gift. He can see and hear ghosts. Although he doesn’t want his gift, he considers it a burden. Yet it proves to be handy later in the book.
The story is a truly amazing read. It has a little suspense mixed with horror. You get to see ghosts from different eras and hear their stories of their last day before they died. You also get to see them all come together for the purpose of revealing who killed them and bringing those people to justice. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves horror, romance, paranormal, and justice. This book is simply amazing!! (less)
I have often said that I don’t normally read the synopsis first before deciding if I want to read the book or not. I normally look at the covers, if t...moreI have often said that I don’t normally read the synopsis first before deciding if I want to read the book or not. I normally look at the covers, if the covers catch my eye, then I am normally pulled into the book. Sometimes I will glance at the synopsis and decide from there, but this time, I didn’t do either of that. The title of the book pulled me in. I am so glad that it did too…
When I first started to read this, I didn’t know that this was going to be about Greek god, Hades. And it’s not totally all about him either. This is about his realm and the Skylords, better known as Zeus and his realm. About the battle between them and the gang of teenagers who are stuck in the middle. Namely two, Haden, a descendent of Hades, and Daphne, a mortal teenager who wants nothing more than to escape her small town life and become a rock star.
I really enjoy how this book took off from the start for me. It wasn’t hard to get into and was a smooth read from start to finish. It gave some background to the reader about Hades and the underworld and some insight to the Skylords, Zeus and Orpheus. I also enjoyed the different point of views between Haden and Daphne. The chapters took turns between the two.
The characters were very likeable. The contrast between them was great. From underlord, to rock star, determination, preppy, stuck up, snobby, and rebellion. It was a wonderful cast of characters. I don’t think that I could name my favorite one.
I highly recommend this to readers. And once you read this, make sure you keep a lookout for the upcoming sequel. (less)