'This is only about love' Well, I think I'll have to agree with Ren about that. In 'Wolfsbane', many of the Keeper's lies are unearthed. The truth of t...more'This is only about love' Well, I think I'll have to agree with Ren about that. In 'Wolfsbane', many of the Keeper's lies are unearthed. The truth of the Guardian's past is revealed, and Calla does the once unthinkable: teaming up with the Searchers. But the rescue plan does not go according to plan, of course. This was an engaging book filled with romance, betrayal and intrigue. It wasn't hugely original but it was certainly entertaining. (less)
When I heard that Melissa de la Cruz had done a spin-off novel of her bestselling Blue Bloods series, I was excited. When I started said novel, I was...moreWhen I heard that Melissa de la Cruz had done a spin-off novel of her bestselling Blue Bloods series, I was excited. When I started said novel, I was disappointed. The start of this novel was not enough to grip me. Having said that, the start of Blue Bloods had a mild pacing too, so I decided to wait it out. There are number of things that annoyed me about this book. For a start, I didn't like the way that Cruz would introduce minor characters and drone on about them. Not cool. Was this her way of filling up the book? It wasn't necessary. Another thing was the cliched romance between Ingrid and that guy. I could see it coming a mile away, even though she tried to mislead us. I can't recall what she called the rainbow bridge between Midgard (which she frequently called mid-world for reasons unknown) and Asgard, but I believe its proper name is the Bifrost. I know there is another way of saying it, but this is the most popular one. Cruz's characters were rather plain and boring. I wasn't really concerned what would happen to them. One thing she left unexplained is the witch/ goddess thing. Each of the Beauchamp's (Did I get the name right? Oh well.) is a Norse goddess. Freya is really Freya, and the others are either mentioned or left unsaid. Why is it not explained why they are called witches? And what is it that they really did to get exiled in the first place? Is Cruz leaving this ambiguous to leave us to imagine or has she herself not figured it out yet? On the other hand, there are a few things I liked: I enjoyed seeing a few of the characters from the Blue Blood series. Same old Mimi Force. I did not see that coming with Freya's fey once. It was wonderful! I had to laugh out loud once I figured it all out. The strange behaviour. The out of world perfection that was him. I won't give too much away. I also just generally liked the Norse Mythology embedded in it, what with the World Tree and all. I'm slightly pouting though because I didn't see Thor. Last but not least is the epilogue. Loved it. My only question is whether I'll bother with the sequel. We'll see...(less)
What can I say? This book was AWESOME! I almost didn't even bother, having liked the ending to The Iron Queen. But seeing things from Ash's POV was ub...moreWhat can I say? This book was AWESOME! I almost didn't even bother, having liked the ending to The Iron Queen. But seeing things from Ash's POV was uber refreshing :D(less)
This is yet again, another Greek myth adaptation novel, and I think in many ways it worked, in others it did not.
Once I finished this novel I loved it...moreThis is yet again, another Greek myth adaptation novel, and I think in many ways it worked, in others it did not.
Once I finished this novel I loved it. I enjoyed watching the protagonist grow slowly, and of course the romance between her and Henry was good. For once, the couple did not fall madly in love all of a sudden, and they got to know each other instead before the protagonist fully made up her mind. The prologue captured my attention, making me ask a lot of questions, and one of the underlining mysteries is who is killing all of the girls? And is Kate next? Although some reviewers on Goodreads said that they saw the killer coming, others were more honest and were surprised. I am one of them.
In this novelisation, the Greek gods are real, but not as we have known them. I wouldn't have minded this idea if it had been executed better. So Aimee Carter changed how the Persephone story ended- and let me make it clear, Kate is NOT Persephone- and I was fine with that. But how is she to make me believe that the Greek gods are NOT the lustful, wrath filled gods I know them to be from mythology? Zeus' speech in this novel was in this way incredibly hypocritical and I just didn't get why Carter changed it all. I was able to guess half of the identities of the gods before I saw the list at the back (WHICH YOU SHOULD NOT READ BEFORE YOU FINISH THE NOVEL! Seriously it'll ruin the whole damn book!).
I loved Kate's relationship with her mother and her friendship with the mean girl was not one that I initially saw coming. Kate's mum is dying from cancer and any day soon, she will be gone. Henry's deal with Kate was incredibly moving, even if he didn't see it as a big deal. Which brings me to Henry/ Hades...
Let's face it, Hades in myth is bad-ass! Henry is not. I don't want to give away too much but whilst in some ways he was a good god of the Underworld, sometimes I just thought that he was simply sad. I thought that the way he never stopped loving Persephone was sweet, but only to a point. The whole self-loathing thing I guess I can understand, but I wish he'd been more powerful. Sure he brought back people from the dead, but that is such an un-Hades thing to do. Still, I think the character stood on his own and I actually ended up really liking him! Thank you Aimee Carter! Next time add just a sprinkle- or a fist full- of bad-assery. Can't wait to get my hands on the sequel!
This book was great. There was the usual jokes and gags. Sadie was caught up in boy trouble as she had to try and choose between Anubis and Walt. Apop...moreThis book was great. There was the usual jokes and gags. Sadie was caught up in boy trouble as she had to try and choose between Anubis and Walt. Apophis is rising and only the Kanes and their few allies can stop him. Worst of all, they have to trust the evil uncle Vinnie (Sadie's words, not mine). He is actually known as Setne. He reminds me of Hermes and his children, but he's a really eeeevil version. The book was really well written, as usual. I had seen the Walt thing coming but wow! Ra was amazing! Ra ra ra ra ra! Roma- roma ma! And ooh... Sadie and Anubis, sitting in a graveyard... K-I-S-S-I-N-G! Love them! I really like Walt too. Man I had not expected Riordan to use a love triangle. And man he totally did a Melissa Marr with this triangle! Read the Wicked Lovely series and this to figure out what I mean. Funniest god in this one was probably Neith and her Jelly Babies conspiracy. Oh only Sadie Kane could convince someone of that. And of course Carter has his own problems what with Zia. And aww... Felix is so cute. I love the way he uses penguins to fight his battles. But I would have really liked to know which god he would follow the path of. I heard someone say that the Kane Chronicles was like a fake Percy Jackson. That is a lie. There are a lot of similarities: the same writing style, the fact that it is an adaptation on a mythology, and that it's the whole GOOD vs EVIL. But the characters are different. The adventures are different. For one, it is not restricted simply to America. These two go everywhere: Egypt, Russia, America, England. Must be fun, and life-threatening to be a Kane. So important question: WHO LIKES ZEBRAS? AND ARE YOU TEAM WALT OR TEAM ANUBIS?(less)
I think I would accurately give it a two and a HALF. It was entertaining, I suppose. The story was a little too slow paced at the beginning for my lik...moreI think I would accurately give it a two and a HALF. It was entertaining, I suppose. The story was a little too slow paced at the beginning for my liking. I think the inevitable relationship between the two main characters made it interesting but the fact that I saw it coming made a little bit boring. I loved the villain of the novel, the River Man. I'd have like to know a bit more about his origins and I liked the author's exploration into another culture. Aimee's dreams into the future rather reminded me of Cassandra from Greek Mythology. The novel was romantic without being cheesy. I love forbidden love as much as the next YA Romance reader, but I was glad to see it absent in this book. Easy to read, I finished it in two days. (less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology book. Admittedly, there were a could that didn't make any sense, but the ones that did were great. I love Irial, N...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this anthology book. Admittedly, there were a could that didn't make any sense, but the ones that did were great. I love Irial, Niall and Leslie and it was great to see them again. My favourite quotes was between Niall and Irial: Niall: Don't be an ass, Irial Irial: There are some things you can't command, my king Hilarious! The relationship between these two made me cringe during the series a bit, but after reading the short stories with them, I thought it was all rather quote. Their relationship is complicated but they are ultimately so interweaved that you can't get rid of either one of them from the relationship. And I'm glad that Niall and Seth are patching up their friendship. Man, Seth puts up with a lot of crap from people. Aislinn especially, but I never thought that Niall would get so messed up as to torture is best friend.
So basically, if you've read the Wicked Lovely series, this is a MUST READ! But there are other non-WL stories that are good. I especially liked the Selkie story. I hadn't expected such a happy ending, but I loved it. (less)
Well what do I say? Not my usual read and I'm still blushing about having read it, but there are some things in here that I just had not expected. The...moreWell what do I say? Not my usual read and I'm still blushing about having read it, but there are some things in here that I just had not expected. The ending had me almost to tears, and whilst I was never rooting for the Incubus, I don't know if it deserved that. Loved this book, I would recommend it to people if I wasn't so worried with what they would think of me, as there are quite a few steamy scenes. (less)