Although Vampire-themed books aren't really my thing, from time to time I find myself getting really interested in picking one. I first saw A Shade of...moreAlthough Vampire-themed books aren't really my thing, from time to time I find myself getting really interested in picking one. I first saw A Shade of Vampire in a promo post from a blog and got interested with its blurb right away. It sounds really intriguing. So when I received an email from the author if I could review this book I didn't hesitate.
A Shade of Vampire has a very promising plot. It was what really draws me in to it. The world the author created was very intriguing and the positions and situations the characters were put through had made it look even more thrilling to read. However, I'm afraid to say that it lacks some elements that might have made the delivering of the story much more compelling thus making me a quite disappointed with it.
I'm not saying that it was an awful read. I have enjoyed some parts of it and some I find really exciting and interesting. The main problem I had was that I felt emotionally detached to the story. I wanted to be completely connected to it but that's just hard to do if the things are happening too fast. There weren't enough build-up (especially on the romance) to convince me that everything is happening naturally or genuinely. It's only the surface emotion that I can see and every explanations and actions seem too brief.
And one more thing, I was expecting some work and efforts on part of Sofia here in winning Derek over as indicated on the blurb (that was what I was really looking forward, how Sofia would to it and how it would turn into something more) however it has become quite apparent early on the book that there won't be that much action regarding that part since Derek had an insta-attraction to her.
Nonetheless, there were parts that manage to make still want to continue the book. I was still curious on what Sofia's faith would be. And some of the ideas presented on this book is admittedly very interesting to explore. There were sweet moments too that I do find genuine (like the Sun Room! I really like that). The last part had me really curious on what's gonna happen next that despite the flaws I mentioned made me decide to still read the next book.
If you're looking for a light and descent paranormal read which isn't really that complicated but still offers some pretty cool world-building and likable characters, I think you might want to check this out.
Thank you Bella Forest for providing me a copy of this book.
This was a very funny, cute, and really fascinating read! Who would have thought I would enjoy an adult vampire novel? Ha! :))I'll try to wr...more3.75 stars
This was a very funny, cute, and really fascinating read! Who would have thought I would enjoy an adult vampire novel? Ha! :))I'll try to write a review on this even though I wasn't really planning. My books to review were already piling up but I'll really try to get back on this one. :))(less)
This book is so much FUN! I love love love everything but most especially Samhain Corvus LaCroix! I tell you, I'm in love with this guy yeah,...more4.5 stars
This book is so much FUN! I love love love everything but most especially Samhain Corvus LaCroix! I tell you, I'm in love with this guy yeah, like I don't feel like that with most of the heroes I met. XD. Its like I met the guy version of Sophie Mercer (Hex Hall)! This dude made me all laughing from the first page to the last and even on worst situations. While this book offered lots of good humor it also gave a very good side of dark and paranormal stuffs.
I love reading books with male protags but I tend to be really picky about them. But when I heard that this gave off the same aura as White Cat, which is one of my favorite series with male lead, it definitely caught my interest. I'm not sure about it though when I started reading it but when Sam started using his smart-mouth, oh boy, I realized I gonna love it big time.
Sam's character is very appealing and admirable. I like how he talk about things and handle stuff, he knows who he is. Oh wait, no. He didn't know he's a necromancer before - more like he's honest about himself. He acts with no pretense and admits things he's capable of and what he's not. And most of all, he's smart-mouthed. His snide comments and witty comebacks had me all laughing out loud. His relationship with his friends - Ramon, Frank and Brooke - was also really adorable and funny. I love how much he cares for his love ones.
This is the book where you're gonna love almost all the characters in it. You'll definitely take notice with everyone even if they don't share much exposure. Ramon and Frank were loyal and very reliable friends. Brooke, I adore her so much! She's funny and definitely a strong character. Bridin, I thought when Sam met her she'll intimidate him but she didn't. She's actually sweet and very supportive but also a tough and brave character. Then Ashley too! I just really love that girl! Even the villain here, Douglas, is an interesting character.
The paranormal stuff is very entertaining and intriguing. I love the idea of hybrids, the were-hounds, the hybrid between werewolves and fey. I also think that what made Sam powerful is because he's also a hybrid between a witch and a necromancer. I'd love to discover more of these paranormal creatures and to see Sam's abilities develop on the next book. Oh yeah, and I'd like to see what's gonna happen between him and Brid! ^^
I highly recommend this book! This is a humorous and very enjoyable read with an interesting and amusing paranormal plot. I really had so much fun reading this! :))
So I wrote a very long reaction regarding the epilogue of this book but I only posted it on my tumblr, if you want to check it out, you can re...more03/31/13
So I wrote a very long reaction regarding the epilogue of this book but I only posted it on my tumblr, if you want to check it out, you can read it here. A review will still be coming later this week. -- 04/02/13 I decided to post it on my review blog too, check it out if you want. :)
I realized I never really knew how it really was to say goodbye to a story and its characters that I have come to loved so much until the Clockwork Princess. I have finished a lot of series that I really enjoyed and loved yet this is the first time that I've felt such overwhelming heartache and grief to part ways with these world, characters and story Clare has created. But through all that I am really glad and grateful that I was able to witness the journey of these characters. Meeting them is the most wonderful reading experience I'd ever had.
*A full review will come although I really don't know how I would be able to make a proper one without turning into a blubbering mess. (I'm afraid every time I'd try to remember those things I love about this book so much, I'd sob and sob and sob.)
Vampire novels aren't really my type. Now that I think of it I realize I've only read 2 series which are vampire themed. Twilight and M...more3.75 of 5 stars
Vampire novels aren't really my type. Now that I think of it I realize I've only read 2 series which are vampire themed. Twilight and Morganville Vampires. The former was okay but I didn't really liked it very much. The latter was better but I didn't continue reading the series (there are too many books already and I feel like I'm very much left behind). Drink, Slay, Love was the first vampire book I've read since the two. But actually it wasn't the vampire thing that took my interest, it was the...unicorn. Yeah, dude. Unicorn. Imagine that, a vampire and a unicorn. Wow. And because of that I decided I'll give this a try.
Drink, Slay, Love was a fun, witty, quirky read. The first vamp book that made me laugh. The plot was unique, the characters were funny and the writing was good(but not really amazing). There were parts which I find corny and ridiculous but since the book wasn't really the serious, dark type - well the book doesn't really took itself seriously - you wouldn't really mind it and just let the story take you and make you laugh.
Pearl was the snarky, funny, vampire protagonist of this story. To be honest I didn't really like her at first. She's quite insensitive and I was actually annoyed whenever she keeps pointing out her indifference to humans and keep asking why they are like that. Sometimes I wanna shout at her and tell her "Dude, you've been living in this world for 16 years, even if you say you're only awake at night you at least should know how humans really interact!" But once her conscience finally kicked in and developed I started to like her. Evan was an admirable character. He's this good guy you would instantly like. I wasn't that much surprised when everything about him was revealed (view spoiler)[(I sort of expected him to be the Unicorn who stabbed Pearl) (hide spoiler)] but I did laugh with the explanation and I kind of find it silly. But I think it was also unique and cool. Bethany was a lovely and adorable character. She's kind though she could be weird at times but still I do love her.
Some parts were downright ridiculous but really, you wouldn't mind. It was at the same time hilarious. This is the kind of book were you aren't expected to take everything seriously. Just read it, enjoy the story, have fun and laugh at its silliness and ridiculousness.
If you're looking for a quirky vamp book that would make you laugh and and have fun, well, this one is for you. :))
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The first novel I've read of Sarah Alderson was Hunting Lila and I enjoyed it so much. I was really amazed on how she wrote the story and...more3.75-4 stars
The first novel I've read of Sarah Alderson was Hunting Lila and I enjoyed it so much. I was really amazed on how she wrote the story and she instantly became one of my favorite authors then. So when I read a featured excerpt of Fated by the end of Hunting Lila I was instantly hooked up. I had it on my to-read list right away and had become one of my most anticipated reads for 2012. And finally I've read it! Although I did notice some flaws in this book I still find this really gorgeous. With all its awesome characters, exciting twists, and unique paranormal plot I really did have a lot of fun reading this!!
This was written in third person, narrating both Evie and Lucas point of views. I really loved reading a book in multiple POV. Having both perspective made it easier to connect with them and understand the situation. I adore Evie. She could be really whinny and naive at times and sometimes it could be really annoying but with all she'd been through I think it was pretty understandable. She still was a kick ass heroine. Although she had not known the truth about her family until she was attacked by the Unhumans and nearly died, she was able to handle and accept it boldly. She's strong, determined and wasn't afraid to say things and her thoughts.
Well, Lucas, from the first time you heard his thoughts you would instantly know he was different. He was nothing like the Unhuman he was supposed to be. The way he thinks and acts - when he first time he saw the picture of Evie, when he realized what he feels and want to do, when he became so determined on protecting Evie, when he was so willing to sacrifice himself - you would really fall hard for him (though I must say I fell harder for Alex in Hunting Lila). And aside from that, of course he was a total mind candy. He was absolutely hot and drool worthy.
I loved how Lucas and Evie's relationship developed. It wasn't at all an insta-love but there was an insta-attraction that both characters tried to fight and rationalize the first time they felt it and until they can't keep it anymore. We weren't rewarded with a kiss scene right away but when it came... oh boy was it steaming hot!
The paranormal plot here was also interesting. The Unhumans (demons) were Lucas belongs were creatures from other realms - scorpio demons, mixen, thirsters, psych, shapeshifters and shadow warriors - which I really enjoyed learning about. The Hunters, were Evie belongs were the one who hunt and kill the Unhumans preventing them to spread out and take over the human realm. There wasn't really a good and bad side here. I kinda figured that out during the last parts. Both sides have their own wrong and incorrect ways. So were left not to side with anyone but only to Evie who made a choice to stop it - not siding with anyone and not as a Hunter.
One thing I so noticed Anderson was so good about was writing an action scene. She did it in Hunting Lila that I seriously felt like I was watching and action-packed movie. The whole time I was tensed and excited. And she did it here again. The way she wrote it would make you imagine it so vividly and you'll absolutely be engrossed.
Alright, you might wonder why I gave it a rating like 3.75 leaning to 4 when all I've said about it were positive. I was actually a little torn. As I have said earlier I think there were little flaws I noticed in this book. Well, maybe it was just me but there were parts that I think were pretty obvious that Evie should have figured it out already or at least doubted it. But she didn't and she was like really clueless. And also the when Lucas told Jocelyn how he felt for Evie (view spoiler)[and that he would betray the brotherhood for her, Jocelyn believed him right away, which I think was pretty fast since she was a hunter. Yet when Evie thought Lucas betrayed her Jocelyn didn't defend him. I guess they had a deal since Lucas believed that Evie should hold on to anger than on numbness and with that she'll continue to fight. I was a little confused though before realizing that. (hide spoiler)] but the entirety of the book was really good that I can over see those little flaws and still love the book.
Overall, this was a really fun and thrilling read! Anderson did a really good job again. This was a lot different from Hunting Lila but Anderson's captivating writing stayed the same and still as good as in Hunting Lila. Looking forward for the next book and more books from this great author. ^^
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If there is one thing I wanted in a book to remain traditional, it’s the concept about vampires. To be honest my impression about vampires wh...more4.5 stars
If there is one thing I wanted in a book to remain traditional, it’s the concept about vampires. To be honest my impression about vampires where somewhat destroyed after the Twilight hype. So you see, I've only read very very few. But since this is Julie Kagawa we're talking here, I know I have to read this even though I was feeling some doubts since it's a vampire book. But after being devoured by her Iron Fey series, I trust she could give justice about our vampires and well, I was absolutely glad she did! She even stuck on its original and traditional concept of vampires - no fancy, sparkly stuffs but also added a very original and modern plot about it. It was an awesome work and I was definitely astounded. Julie Kagawa never disappoints! Finally found a very good vampire series that I'd surely be looking forward for more.
What this book has to offer: original concepts about vampires, original and engaging plot, Asian heroine, katana (yeah, this one absolutely), kick-ass fighting skills, gruesome scenes (that too!) and bad-ass heroes (Zeke and Kanin! Yay!). Wouldn't you just loved a book if it can offer you all those? Hell yeah! Although I would say that I wasn't instantly devoured, slowly and surely it did as it showed what awesome things it has to offer as the story progressed.
I'd be honest, I wasn't instantly attached to the book when I started reading it and I wasn't also to Allison. Until during the latter parts of the Part I, I wasn't that sure if I loved her character. Although I had enjoyed the turn of events, Allison grew just a bit slowly on me. But still I wouldn't deny that she was a kick-ass heroine! With that katana and awesome fighting skills to kill chiropterans - oh I mean, rabids and nasty vampires, of course, I still end up liking her.
I love how Kagawa showed Allison's struggles after becoming a vampire and what a vampire really is, monsters that will always crave for human blood - no alternatives. So one way or another Allison has to drink on someone. Which made it very conflicting though I was glad she did it that way, she showed that that just how vampire had always been and Allison even though has a lot of very good intentions and had still clung on some of her humanity after being turned was not a goody goody prefect sparkly vampire. She's a monster and eventually would kill someone but could choose what type of monster she could become. I love it that Kagawa didn't gloss the bads about vampires but still was able to gave us something that we could hold on, that there's something we could still really like about them despite what the really were. And for that Kagawa made a very admirable heroine and also a wonderful story.
It was pretty long though but everything went smoothly, gripping, exciting and thrilling. I definitely enjoyed the fighting scenes and yeah, those times with Kanin! As for the romance, well, what more can you expect from Julie Kagawa? Of course it was a really good one. I adore Zeke! He's an admirable character, he's a genuinely kind and takes very good care of everything. The romantic development was really good, not rush and definitely not an insta-love. I love how Allison and Zeke slowly learned and knew one another and saw the best and worst about them and eventually learning to care and trust each other. Although it was a bit sad it was really satisfying but of course I'd be expecting more in the next book. And yeah, more of Kanin too!
Julie Kagawa never really fail to impress me. And I am once again stunned by one of her awesome masterpiece. Yes, I can say there were some parts I din't like but I am willing to overlook those because the overall of the story was absolutely great and the character are well, fantastic especially Kanin. LOL! It seems like I'm squeezing Kanin's name in every paragraph of this review, but well, I love him! I love Zeke too but it was Kanin who had me! Haha! Oh well, anyway, I would definitely recommend this. A stunning and wonderful read, absolutely! XD
Thanks to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for providing an advance copy! :))
Definitely one of the series I would forever treasure. And though I have been both sad and happy with the ending it was still a very satisfyi...more4.5 stars
Definitely one of the series I would forever treasure. And though I have been both sad and happy with the ending it was still a very satisfying conclusion. I'm going to miss this series. Review to come. :)) (less)
Totally love this book! And yes, Sophie! One of the coolest and funniest heroine I'd ever met. Haha! I recommend thi...more4.5 of 5 stars
Totally love this book! And yes, Sophie! One of the coolest and funniest heroine I'd ever met. Haha! I recommend this guys! The writing is good and funny, the concept is cool and the characters are really great. I did a lot of laughing, grinning, spazzing and swooning while reading this. I seriously enjoyed this book. ^^(less)
Honestly, I love this more than the Mortal Instruments. They are both great but this one has some kind of a unique appeal on me. Or maybe...more5 of 5 stars
Honestly, I love this more than the Mortal Instruments. They are both great but this one has some kind of a unique appeal on me. Or maybe I just really love Victorian era London. Haha. But first of all, can I just thank Cassandra Clare for writing this incredibly awesome book. And for making me so happy. Dude, Cassie's just really genius. This is really wonderful. The settings, the plot, the characters. The twists are cool and whenever I figured out some connections from TMI I just felt completely awed.
And yeah, I ship Tessa and Will really hard. Even though what he did to Tessa on the last part was really rude and heart aching. Jem is good and I do love the guy too and I think Tessa really does deserves someone like him. Its just that I think Tessa is exactly what Will needed. And I really don't think Will mean everything he said on the attic. Will is physically strong but he's really emotionally weak. And I think being weak emotionally is way more self-destructive than being physically weak. Not that I don't sympathize with Jem's condition. But I think I understand Will. The guy loves Tessa and he really does cares for her, there's just something holding him back. I don't think that Will is really a rude, emotionless guy and I don't want to judge him yet. There's still a lot of things we needed to learn more about him. I hope the Clockwork Prince will answer tons of questions I had after reading this. ^^
This is a great book. I highly recommend this. A must read! :))