When I first started reading Velvet, it definitely has a familiar feel. Temple West was able to take this and make it unique. The story takes what youWhen I first started reading Velvet, it definitely has a familiar feel. Temple West was able to take this and make it unique. The story takes what you know about vampires and gives them a different spin. I loved this new lore and found the book was easy to get sucked into.
Caitlin was so angry in the beginning and instead of wishing she would cool it, I felt angry with her. She had every right to be, after losing her mother and then being shipped off to a new place to live with a part of her family she doesn’t even know.I felt like you get to really see her grief. I was glad that it wasn’t glazed over. You really see her go through stages and as she makes new friends and becomes closer with Adrian she finally starts to open up and let go. I love the fact that she sews and wants to be a fashion designer. So she is kind of a clothes expert.
Adrian is not creepy or stalkery. Well he does have the whole weird eye thing going on but that makes him more fascinating. Despite his choice to be a bit more reclusive he’s not unapproachable. The kids at school know him and if they talk to him he doesn’t send them off. He has that perfect balance of being a loner but not drawing attention to that fact.
I loved Caitlin and Adrian’s interaction with one another. It’s playful and fun. They don’t just have a physical chemistry but they have a great relationship as friends first. I liked how they moved through the stages and you see them actually falling for eachother. Hey and no love triangle which was nice.
I liked the plot too. This version of Vampires is so interesting and very cool. I really liked the change up of the lore. Although how they come into being is kind of creepy. I could see that though instead of biting and turning them. There is a lot more character development then there is big action. I was fine with it and I’m thinking the next book is going to be more of the opposite. We get a bunch of pieces to the puzzle but not everything. So the end is one of those cliffhangers where some things are wrapped up but you are having on others. I always find that to be the best kind.
If you enjoyed the Vampire phase but were looking for something fresh. This is definitely the book. ...more
The world in Awakening is not unlike many dystopian societies. People are struggling to find a way out of the “Manic Age” and the Protectorate offersThe world in Awakening is not unlike many dystopian societies. People are struggling to find a way out of the “Manic Age” and the Protectorate offers them a peaceful alternative. The catch is that their lives are controlled down to how many kids they can have and who they marry. What I thought was different is the way they control them. They control their dreams, each person implanted with a chip at birth that syncs up their nervous system.
We are introduced to Desiree who is getting ready for her pre-binding ceremony with her Protectorate chosen mate, Asher. She is a rule follower it seems but you can tell she has doubts in the back of her mind. The person chosen for her, the job chosen for her don’t really seem to make sense but she reminds herself that the government knows best. As things come to light we really see her change but really I think she starts to act more like her true self.
I have to say, Darian is definitely a swoony book boyfriend for me. Maybe it’s his blue baseball cap (love guys in baseball caps) or his knowing smirk but I was totally smitten. It’s cute how he exudes confidence and brings out a different side Desiree. It’s like she can’t help rising to his challenges. I also like how he tries to tell Desiree what to do in order to protect her but doesn’t fight her on it if she is determined. It always seems like more of a partnership between them.
Asher really surprised me. I was expecting him to be the way that Desiree described as kids but then we she goes on her date with him, he seem sweet. I really liked that because honestly that happens. The bullies grow up and figure out that they weren’t so great.
The book also has strong side characters. Asher, Coral, Owen, Shia, Desiree’s parents, Larkin and so forth. Make the world have more depth because each has their own opinions.Each have their level satisfaction with the government.
At first I was wondering why they don’t put trackers in the implant for the Dreamscape but then I realized how long can you live with no sleep at all. So I’m guessing they are figuring you are not going to get far if you “escape”.The Terrorscope terrifies me. I obviously have some of the same fears because just reading about it. I was getting chills.
I thought although it’s hard to for a dystopia to find that way to be unique. I really liked the way Awakening used Dreams to control people. Plus I loved Desiree and Darian. When you have a book with characters you want to root for it makes it something you enjoy reading. So yes pick it up check it out and fall in love with Darian...I mean the book. ...more
99 Days is one of those books that you can read through pretty rapidly. I think the character interactions are what makes it so intriguing. It involve99 Days is one of those books that you can read through pretty rapidly. I think the character interactions are what makes it so intriguing. It involves some very messy relationships though.
I liked Molly from the get go. It really made me ache for her the way people treated her. There are a bunch of different sayings about stones that could easily apply. I wanted to crawl into the book and yell at those girls for being immature twits and good people make mistakes. That none of this will matter in the long run of life. Then punch them out….well I guess that last part would make me immature. The point being, I really felt for Molly. I think it’s sad she doesn’t stand up for herself because she feels she deserves it and those people are not the ones that should be judging her. It’s really between Patrick and her. Although Molly ends up making some poor decisions at points, I was still rooting for her happy ending.
I loved Gabe. I was really rooting for him and Molly to make it. He was so sweet and seemed to really care about her.
I didn’t like Patrick in the past or present. I could see how him and Molly were more like young puppy love. He was very selfish and it really bothered me. I really wanted him to go find something else to do. I could see how they might have residual feelings towards one another both bad and good. When Molly ran off, they didn’t really get to have the closure they needed.
There are a lot of things in this book I could relate to unfortunately and one of them is the pushing people away and running off. So I get the whole Molly and Imogen dynamic and why she could be mad. I’ve had friends be mad when I tried to find my way back after disappearing on them too. Imogen is a cool girl though and I like how she tells things to Molly straight.
I liked how the book is divided into each chapter being a day. There are 99 days until Molly leaves for college. Which gives the books setting of the entire summer. I enjoyed the plot even though parts of it were hard at times. I think I would get frustrated with all the characters at points. I liked how it portrayed multiple sides the issues though. No one is really innocent but you really get to see how lopsided the blame can be. I liked the way the ending left it, although part of me would like to see what Molly’s up to maybe even a year later. After she has been away at Boston. After everyone kind of gets away.
I really enjoyed 99 Days. This is always a tough topic to tackle and I think Katie Cotugno was able to capture many different angles. I thought it was well written and definitely sucks you in. ...more