I want to begin by saying that this type of book isn’t the kind of book I usually read. But it had all the qualities to match up quite perfectly. TheI want to begin by saying that this type of book isn’t the kind of book I usually read. But it had all the qualities to match up quite perfectly. The first thing I MUST mention is Ross’s use of secondary characters. The mother and the father were such outstanding counterparts; they gave the climax heat, passion, and controversy. And correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that is what it takes to write an amazing novel. The story begins with a little bit of back story, and I know many people despise that because they want to hit the action first, but I promise you Dayna’s use of back story was genuine. What I loved most was Nicolette’s strong back bone. She’s independent and self-efficient. I don’t know about anybody else, but I hate a heroine who can’t defend herself and always needs a guy to do the deed. That’s just not working for me. But Dayna was a mastermind with this. The story entails tons of mystery, well, I think so. From the noises Nicolette hears outside her window at night, to the mystifying and well-plotted love between Nicolette and Akash. Oh and that just brings me to why I absolutely could not stop reading. This is a bit of a spoiler, kind of, but this whole forbidden love stuff has taken a grip on me and I don’t think it will ever let go. Akash is a Native American slave whose parents were killed when he was just a child and he was then forced into slavery. But his and Nicolette’s becoming love was something different, especially the mix of culture Dayna threw in there as well. What I truly, and I mean truly, appreciated was how perfectly paced this novel was. It wasn’t to fast or to slow. The love between the central characters was sincere and you could feel the passion spill through the words. Nicolette’s anger to take a grip on her life and finally be able to control it as she wishes was somewhat expected, but absolutely forthcoming. I cried, I laughed, and I even got angry a little at the characters (especially Victoria and Richard) but I can say without a doubt that it was one hundred and fifty percent worth reading.
I have nothing negative to say about it, which surprises even me who is quite critical. I felt the drama and inciting incident and the back story and…just all of the above to be a splendid reading. If the whole eighteen century, countryside diversity thing is not your cup of tea, I understand. But I still will you to read it. As for Dayna Ross…don’t ever stop writing....more
Glow has successfully managed to bring me out of reality and into the safe haven of imagination. I don’t know how Amy Kathleen Ryan did it, but she haGlow has successfully managed to bring me out of reality and into the safe haven of imagination. I don’t know how Amy Kathleen Ryan did it, but she has won my heart over with this captivating, well-plotted, outstanding, action-packed, and breathtaking read. This was a novel like no other. The world was perfectly built and I actually felt myself there, amongst the characters. And even though no contact with earth was made, I loved that they were still able to keep some of their earthly factors such as farming and religion. If you were hoping for a gushy romance novel, you’re looking in the wrong area. Yes, Glow definitely had the old fashioned love triangle, but it didn’t consume ninety-five percent of the story. It was more of a behind the scene problem rather then an upfront one. It was all about the action, and I appreciate and love Amy for realizing that not every YA novel has to be about the love exactly. But what it takes to maintain that love and to keep it running for as long as possible. She based it merely on the things most authors have been trying to achieve for a long time. And she succeeded.
I thought the characters couldn’t have been more developed. Though written in third person, I felt the emotions and subconscious thoughts of the character of the moment were systematic and sufficient. There was none of that over-thinking should I or should I not rubbish. The characters faced their problems head on with a do or die. Waverly, one of the main characters, surprised me the most. I mistook her for an easy prey, a pushover. But I must say Amy surprised me when Waverly suddenly grew a back bone. She knew what she wanted to accomplish and she knew just how to do it. She was the all around poster girl for determination. She also had that soft side to her that was vulnerable and weak. Her breakdown moments came as a shock to me, but because it was so understandable, I broke down right with her. A character this strong that manages to make you laugh and cry all in the same sentence is a durable one.
The amount of danger and hindrances in this novel was enough to make my heart erupt. It added suspense to the plot which made the whole read more enjoyable. I loved not knowing who to trust, who was right, or who was and was not going to die. Every chapter left me at the edge of my seat, wanting to take a little nip from the next chapter before I put it down, then ending up taking a huge mouthful. ...more
Two words, thirteen letters, six vowels, one meaning – Amazing finale.
I started the Immortals series about a year ago and every time I finished devourTwo words, thirteen letters, six vowels, one meaning – Amazing finale.
I started the Immortals series about a year ago and every time I finished devouring one, I craved the next with a bloodthirsty hunger. I don’t know what it is, but forbidden love seems to be my biggest weakness. And for those who have read the Immortals Series can say that they had a little taste of just that with Ever and Damen.
Everlasting was all that I expected and then some! Though I can admit, it took me some time to get through because I had trouble “adjusting” to the beginning. But once all that was gone and the action began, I was in love again. This series definitely kept my attention for a very long time. It was suspenseful, eerie, mystifying, magical, beautiful, wild – Oh gawsh, it was just everything I looked for in a good read. Alyson is a writer that defied all expectations you could ever think of, she’s just that amazing! It wasn’t one of those novels where you can practically write it yourself – when you know what’s going to happen before it actually does because it’s so cliché. But Alyson Noel has a way of surprising me every time I open one of her novels.
The journey Ever undergoes was way beyond fathomable, I don’t quite comprehend how she got through it. It was tough. And the secret that had been hidden about one of her past lives was something I did not anticipate. But it made it far more enjoyable then I thought it would. Ever must choose between right and wrong, what she once believed and what her heart tells her, and living a life with or without her love of a lifetime. I found this decision, even for myself, to be quite hard. But this is why I admired Alyson’s heroine. She was tough and persistent. She had her moments of breaking points, but she got right back up and went for the gold once more.
Love, patience, compassion, trust, mystery, hatred, and deep soulful enthusiasm. Everlasting had it all. My only complaint was that the action didn’t start immediately. But I got past it and like I said before, it was utter love....more