GIVEAWAY! head over to the blog for your chance to win a eBOOK copy of BLOOD DEBT! Hurry, ends 10 December 2012
This review is part of the Blood Debt BGIVEAWAY! head over to the blog for your chance to win a eBOOK copy of BLOOD DEBT! Hurry, ends 10 December 2012
This review is part of the Blood Debt Blog Tour. The original review can be found on my blog:
This is such an awesome book. READ. IT. NOW! This is my first book by Nancy and I can say without hesitation that I am not let down. I've wanted to read her Destiny series for a while now, but haven't gotten around to it. (P.S. Meeting Destiny (Destiny #1) is FREE on Kindle!)
We can easily get into the book and set a continuous pace. This book pulls us through effortlessly and we don't realize where the pages have gone. It flies by, and so does the time. The characters, the plot and the world and history are easy to get into.
We relate to Camille straight away, she is one of my favourite heroines of 2012. We connect with her from beginning to end and try to understand all that she is going through. She is such a 'real' character and fits perfectly into this new world. Everything that she does and believes in make us feel the same way, especially when things occur in the novel, we instantly get the same reaction that Camille does.
Reading this, even though we don't know too much about her mother, we get to know her throughout the book. She influenced a lot of things on how this all came to be. I really wish that we get a novella in this series about Camille's mother, before she had Camille, and what drove her to make the choices she did. We get to see some of it in her journal, but not enough to satisfy us. Even though we didn't know her, we feel like we do once we finish this novel. We get frustrated when Camille is trying to learn about her powers, and about how she hid everything from her to try and protect her. The same reason as all novels come up here, she would be able to protect herself better if she knew exactly what she was going up against and protecting herself from, and practising on how to protect herself than find it all out when there is basically no time left to do anything. Love makes people strange sometimes, maybe her mother didn't want her to embrace her powers because she thought that she might not like living in seclusion from the herd or from her father's family.
The rest of the backing characters are also done like this, although they are alive. We find them strange at times and a little weird in their beliefs, because we are unfamiliar with their Centaur ways. Especially with Bianca, we love her to bits, but she is so comfortable with knowing that Drake is in love, and is going to fall in love, with Camille, even going to the lengths to draw them together! Speaking of, how can you not fall in love with Drake? Seriously though? no further explanation on this, it is self explanatory once you read this. Sigh, Drake, Swoon.
We have a love-hate relationship with the Richardson's, at one point we hate Kyle because he is out to get a blood debt, but then on the other hand, Gage and Kyle try to help when they figure out what Camille's grandmother is doing to her. Like seriously? CRAZY MUCH!?
We get annoyed with Camille's progress in communicating with her Centauride self. She doesn't seem to quite get the hang of using her 'powers', maybe because she is so desperate to use them to communicate with her mother that she is not getting to her full capacity because she is distracted and in her mind, half still doesn't believe that this is all not real.
The end is something we don't expect. This is the same with all of the plot throughout the novel, we don't expect much and we get surprised with it all, mainly beacuse we are still taking in this new world. A gripping final to the novel that leaves us hanging for more in this unque series. Everything is starting to unravel and we anxiously wait to see more of it and to figure out what happens. Can't wait to read the second novel, Centaur Legacy. It was just released on the 22nd November 2012 and really want to see what happens to Camille and Drake next with chasing up their legacy and if they end up being together.
(view spoiler)[*Spoiler-y* We still don't know who Daniel really is, we get the feeling that he is something more, even if he doesn't know it yet, but we know that his father does. My suspicion is that he is a half breed. Anyone else agree?(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book has it's positives, then it has it's negatives.
The positives of this book, that I fell in love with, was the plot line and the idea of the sThis book has it's positives, then it has it's negatives.
The positives of this book, that I fell in love with, was the plot line and the idea of the story. The negatives of this book were the characters. Yet the inclusion of these characters made us want to read more, despite our constant need to want to slap them (Mary especially).
In regards to the positives. I loved this book for the originality of the story and the idea of everthing, as well as everything that happened. This only added to the drama of the story and it pulled me constantly through the book. (Started late/early at night on tuesday and finished afternoon on wednesday). The original yet new light we see the Unconsecrated (i.e Zombies) is refreshing, yet original through their looks and characteristics. This book has a lot of moments that are heart-wrenching. That tear-jerking moment/chapter end threw us home to the end of the novel and towards the final obstacle. Questions still remain from this book, but hopefully they will be answered within the next novel. These questions are the real cliffhanger that his book holds at it's final pages. We want to find answers and we want to be able to then think back to this novel and understand why most of the things happened the way that they did. Everything that happens in the plot-line was intriguing and I loved it. It kept me hooked.
Negatives. The characters. Yes, something this small affected practically the whole book. Ok, let's go through a basic run-down of them and why they completely brought this novel down:
Mary Where do I start with Mary. She's our protagonist, which means there's more to hate about her in this book. She has trust issues, especially with her brother. (view spoiler)[seriously, why would you trust someone after they completely shut you out, especially if it's your own brother because he is the one who was supposed to be protecting you, not throwing you at, especially when you're both hurting. I don't care if that's the way that he deals with his grief, by taking it out on others. But you don't go running back into his arms the minute you see him again and he starts acknowledging you. Especially without an apology beforehand at least. (hide spoiler)]. She is innocent, despite her constant curiosity to know more about life and about this new world and the secrets it holds. She doesn't realise what and who she has (view spoiler)[in the beginning she questions everyones love for her, and to why she hasn't been "proposed" to yet, making her feel like she is unloved which, also causes her lack to recognise and act against these feelings (hide spoiler)]. She takes people for granted and oozes selfishness. She has courage in a sense but she doesn't have it when she needs it. (view spoiler)[she needs to have the courage to ask for answers instead of thinking that they will just be handed to her, like with Travis etc (hide spoiler)] She cannot make up her mind. She doesn't know what/who she wants, leaving everyone suffering. (view spoiler)[Between Travis and Harry she really needs to make up her mind, it is not some game and she doesn't realize what she has with these two until it's gone. Sometimes she wants Travis because she doesn't give up on him when he never even came/spoke for her, yet she doesn't realise until this that she should give Harry a chance. Sometimes she relates back to her "marriage" to Harry, but then she talks about her 'undying love' for Travis. When she nearly loses Travis as he crosses the rope, her actions now, doesn't make up for her neglecting him and ditching him half the time when they were alone in the house. But because something bad starts to happen and he might not make it out alive, she starts realizing what matters and doesn't let go(metaphorically speaking with the whole rope scenario) (hide spoiler)]. Basically summing Mary up is that she acts like a complete and total CHILD. She needs to grow up and face her problems and not try and stick to a fantasy or to something that she has just found out about in a life-altering moment. She is supposed to be of marrying age (16, 17 18-ish!) (view spoiler)[Tells Travis about the ocean when he tells her the reality of it from someone who has been there. Her trying to show Travis the papers while he was busy trying to secure the rope to the other side so they can get out of the house saftely.etc (hide spoiler)].
The Sisterhood More like the Society of Secretive B***hes. Wow, do these ladies like to keep things to themselves. They also love to live by the word of God. (view spoiler)[yet their experiments do the people more harm than good. (hide spoiler)] They basically are the God's of the village, they are superior through knowledge and power. They know about the outside world. They know that they are strong enough to basically "brainwash" the people. (view spoiler)[There is nothing outside of the villiage (hide spoiler)] They tell everything how it is straight. They are mean to Mary, yet their emotions and moods swing when someone else is there.
Cass This girl has some serious mental issues. You. Are. Insane. She doesn't get the reality of what is happening as well as what she is hearing when it is something different from what she has been told by the Sisterhood. Also her confliced emotions are very raw and make her seem psychotic. (view spoiler)[telling Mary, that she loves Harry, yet even though Mary loves Travis she still won't let her have him, then Harry will get her. Really the decision is simple. If you love Harry, then 'switch' with Mary. (hide spoiler)]
Jed Oh how I loathe him. He is the type of person who needs to have someone with him. (view spoiler)[After he lost his father, he had his sister. After he lost his mother, he had Beth. After he lost Beth, he has no one so he has no other choice but to go to his sister whom he kicked out. Is it the fact that he needs someone who is his own flesh and blood beside him that keeps him going? You would think that after his mothers death, he would be with Mary. Yet he kicks her out and gives her to the sisters. THEN, after the whole town is being ravaged he falls back to his sister because he knows that his wife is going to die. Ok you do start to warm up to him but then after he falls you do get a little sad because things were starting to lighten up between them. (hide spoiler)]
Brothers:Travis&Harry These two really need to sort out their priorities. Even they are only a year or so apart their mind set is similar in what they attract. (view spoiler)[they are both in love with the same girl, yet one has a claim on her and doesn't even show these feelings in her time of need. Doesn't come to visit her while with the Sisters. Doesn't try and speak for her after her brother threw her out. Harry only comes by her again because his brother is in the infirmary. By then Travis starts to let his feelings for Mary show because of all the time they spend together. But then he doesn't come for her and lets her marry his brother. But then Harry starts to fall for Cass, then he ends up marrying Mary. Then after they wed Travis becomes interested in Mary again. It is all too much to handle between them two. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Wow. Lauren Oliver has done it again with another heart-wrenching, emotional tale.
When we first meet Samantha "Sam" Kingston, I thought that she was oWow. Lauren Oliver has done it again with another heart-wrenching, emotional tale.
When we first meet Samantha "Sam" Kingston, I thought that she was one of those girls who got what she wanted, and had the perfect life. Not even seeing those around her and what she has in her life. That is, until she dies, she realizes everything that she has and how she has treated those around her. People like this, who don't see the consequences until it's too late.
We start to grow on Sam as the book goes on. We start to feel her pain in the repetition of each day over and over and over again. Her frustration with all the lies and the secrets behind her death and a mysterious other. We learn about others and we accept how she was before and then to now and her change. We develop that connection with her from the very start of the book, as we sympathise with her as she loses her life. Yet we still think that it is her fault and her friends, until we come to realise the whole story throughout the book. We get shocked at what we find out and with what we find out about some of the characters in the book that we liked or found interesting. Sam's anger in one of the chapters becomes explainable, and we find that we would be doing the same if we were in that situation. Tear-jerking towards the end of the book in one of the mini-chapters within days, as well as the very last chapter. We realize how precious life is, and that we should live every day like our last. Because we don't know when our last day is going to be, and we don't want it to be spent like Sam's and trying to change all that has happened and use that time to find out more about the people in our lives and the world around us in general. We should be able to realize the delacacy of life itself and the accidents that do happen. If you're not happy, change it.
Sometimes Sam's attitude in the book annoyed me. It says that she does "this" or does "something" out of habbit from being a b***h beforehand. But wouldn't you realize that from what you've found out that you would try and avoid doing and saying those kinds of things. With her new emotional ties to everyone at the end makes this story all the more tear-jerking at it's final pages. For her to finally see everything that she has lost and everything that she had, made her death all the more worse because everything that she did on that last day with everyone never really happened. It was that first day that left everyone with their opinion of her. Not how she changed, but how she was and what she was trying to be to fit in.
(view spoiler)[I love Kent. I'm so glad that she saw how much of a great guy he is. But she found out too late. Just like how it was too late to find out how much of a self-obsessed d**k Rob was. I think she only even went out with him for the social status as well as to be the one getting jealous over from the rest of the school. Her best friends secrets revealed gets the story moving as well, and makes us come to terms with the reason behind Sam's and Juliet's deaths. Something that could seem so innocent and so little, turned out to be the destrustion of lives. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A beautiful book with a heartwrenching storyline. Zusak could not have done better with this book as it is absolutely brilliant. Emotion filled with eA beautiful book with a heartwrenching storyline. Zusak could not have done better with this book as it is absolutely brilliant. Emotion filled with every word and every sentence in this book as Liesel's discovery and preservation of an unlikely best friend during a time of madness, and how her world changes by words and pictures on a page....more
LOVED LOVED EVEN MORE THAN THE FIRST! Even though I adore the first book in the series ('Daughter of the Forest')I have favoured this one over the firsLOVED LOVED EVEN MORE THAN THE FIRST! Even though I adore the first book in the series ('Daughter of the Forest')I have favoured this one over the first one. I speak of the same here as in my last review of the first book as they are the same in my review perspective but this book has narrowly scraped it's way above the first for me....more
LOVED! As the first book in the SevenWaters Series it entwines you to read the whole book and clearly wanting more. Great book for the first of the serLOVED! As the first book in the SevenWaters Series it entwines you to read the whole book and clearly wanting more. Great book for the first of the series and sets the overall theme/tale that is constant within the 5 books. Definitely recommended for YA and Historical Fiction readers (it tells of Celtic Folk Lore etc) Would read this book more than once (already have) and is one of those books that just looking at the cover or the spine on your bookshelf makes you want to read it again. I adore Sorcha's passion to overcome the curse on her brothers and resists screaming, yelling and talking when most of us would think impossible if we were in the situation, she stayed quiet and tried to overcome her challenges. (Personally I like the Australian Cover better than the American one)...more