Okay, I was a Twilight fan and loved that series. But, as a whole, I tend to be leery of vampire novels because so many twists have been rung out of t...moreOkay, I was a Twilight fan and loved that series. But, as a whole, I tend to be leery of vampire novels because so many twists have been rung out of the myths and legends that I can't help but think that subject has been squeezed dry. And then I picked up this book, and, OMG! It was awesome!!
Annelise Drew is a character that almost any reader could relate to and cheer for. She's had her hard knocks, so to speak, and she's determined to make something of her life instead of being pulled down into the dead end that her father and step-mother represent. She's intelligent, she's sarcastic (but mainly for defensive purposes), and she's such a deep, intriguing character. As she progresses through this story, she discovers things about herself that she never thought existed. It's amazing what a true life or death situation will do to a person. Fortunately, it makes Annelise stronger.
I think the best thing I loved about this book was the fact that it didn't center around vampires. Sure, vampires were part of the story, but this book took the myth from a completely different angle: that of the Watchers that represent the Vampires in the real world. The entire story was about Annelise's survival and determination to stay alive as she went through the rigorous training required to eventually become a Watcher.
This was an incredible first book to the series and I can't wait to see what happens next in Annelise's new world. There are so many unanswered questions and I'm curious to see what's in store for her next and whether she will get any of those many questions answered. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a new twist or unique angle in the supernatural/paranormal genre.(less)
Maybe it's just the fact that this is the first book, but I couldn't help but feel a little let down after all the hype surrounding this series. There...moreMaybe it's just the fact that this is the first book, but I couldn't help but feel a little let down after all the hype surrounding this series. There was almost too much flipping back and forth from past to present and then flipping back and forth between Rose and Lissa (or, well, Rose's view through Lissa's eyes). I'm hoping that future books in this series won't do so much of that.
Anyway, it was an interesting, albeit a little confusing, read, and I really did like Rose's character. And, ooooh yeah, Dimitri is totally hot and swoon-worthy. Just wish there could have been more interactions with him as he truly seemed to be a very intriguing character. Again, I'm hoping that future books will provide more peeks at this hottie.
So, the book was good enough to tempt me to continue on with the series. But, as I said before, I just hope the rest of the books aren't quite so flippy or hard to follow.(less)
Savor had an intriguing plot and some interesting twists (towards the end especially). I think what prevents me from giving this book a higher rating...moreSavor had an intriguing plot and some interesting twists (towards the end especially). I think what prevents me from giving this book a higher rating are all of the gramatical/spelling errors I came across while reading (major pet peeve of mine when I'm reading a novel). I also found the author jumping too hastily from one event to the next without there being any kind of natural transition flow. If this author worked with a professional editor, I would suggest they find someone new before publishing the next book in the series. If they didn't work with a professional editor, then I hope that will change before the next book is released.
Setting aside those particular negatives, the storyline itself is intriguing. Claire's a little whiny for my liking and too emotional. But maybe her extreme emotional swings have something to do with her transformation into a vampire...not entirely sure. I really liked Robin, and Dmitry was an interesting character. But neither Dmitry nor Arrick really struck me as strong love interests for Claire. I really couldn't get excited over either one of them. And Luka and Ana were just freaky to me.
Anyway, an interesting story that I hope gets better. I'll probably read the next book in the series to see how it continues to unfold.(less)
I think this series keeps getting better and better. Claire is as lovable as ever and even though Shane annoyed me at the beginning, he definitely red...moreI think this series keeps getting better and better. Claire is as lovable as ever and even though Shane annoyed me at the beginning, he definitely redeemed himself by the end of the book. And I loved the introduction of Myrnin into the series. I look forward to reading the next book and finding out what happens next.(less)
Okay, I loved this book and am anxious to read the next in this series. It just keeps getting better and better. Here's a peek at an interaction betwe...moreOkay, I loved this book and am anxious to read the next in this series. It just keeps getting better and better. Here's a peek at an interaction between Claire and Myrnin that caught me off guard and made me laugh out loud, even though it is a little creepy and dark:
"That's brain tissue. How can you -?" Claire shut her mouth, fast. "Never mind. I don't think I want to know."
"Truly, I think that's best. Please take it." He [Myrnin] showed his teeth briefly in a very unsettling grin. "I'm giving you a piece of my mind."
There's obviously more to that scene, but I didn't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't read the book, or the series, yet.(less)
Annelise Drew is back in this second installment and she's as sna...moreThis review can be found on my blog, Escape Into Fiction: Vampire's Kiss Review.
Annelise Drew is back in this second installment and she's as snarky and spirited as ever! It's summertime on the Isle of Night and she's taking every course imaginable related to decorum and etiquette to prepare herself for her upcoming mission with Master Alcántara. As she struggles to learn business German, place settings, and complicated ballroom dancing, things begin to heat up between her and the dangerous vampire. Then, throw into the mix the jealousies of the older girls in training, secrets being shared between Ronan and Amanda that Annelise wants to uncover, and the dangerous uneasiness that is everyday life on the secluded and dreary island, and soon Annelise is in way over her head...again.
Annelise Drew is as strong-willed and snarky as ever, which makes her all the more loveable in her leading role. She still has many insecurities, especially where needing to feel loved and have a place where she feels she belongs is concerned. She finds herself in unfamiliar territory when it comes to flirtations and romance, both of which seem to come from the one person she doesn't want (or does she?)...Master Alcántara.
Most of the book takes place on the Isle of Night, which is creepy in and of itself. It's summertime and what the vampires call The Dimming is taking place, where it is constantly light out, alternating between light grey and dark grey. Lessons are progressing, people still end up injured or dead, and everyone is tense as they keep a wary eye on their peers. Throw in some intrigue and jealousy and power struggles and the entire atmosphere is an explosion waiting to happen.
This was an incredibly good book, one that I didn't want to put down until I was done with the last page! I love Annelise's strength and impulsiveness as well as her pension for wanting to satisfy her constant curiosity. She lands herself in trouble quite a bit but uses her brains as well as her strength to get herself out of most sticky situations. The chemistry between her and Ronan was a bit dull in this book and her interactions with Alcántara were at times amusing and sweet and other times just a bit creepy. But, the vampire that she goes on the mission to rescue in the end is the one that really stole the show for me! I won't mention much about him as I don't want to spoil anything...but I was definitely intrigued by him and look forward to hopefully reading more about him in the next book!
With all of that said, the one "complaint" I have is that even though the synopsis talked up the mission a lot, that mission took up very little space in the book. I would have loved to have seen the plot more centered around the mission itself. And I'm probably being a little selfish by saying this because if it had centered more around the mission, there would have been more interactions with above-mentioned yummy vampire guy! Just my opinion, though.
Vampire's Kiss was an incredible read and I want to thank Veronica Wolff for the opportunity to win an ARC copy as I have been dying to read this since I finished Isle of Night back in October 2011. This review is based on that ARC and I am in no way compensated for my review of this book.
Okay, now that I've got all of that out......Hurry up August 2012 because I am now dying to read the next book in this incredible series, Blood Fever!!!(less)
It was okay but I believe the writing could have been more developed. And the transitioning from one event to the next was confusing at times. Hopeful...moreIt was okay but I believe the writing could have been more developed. And the transitioning from one event to the next was confusing at times. Hopefully the other books will be better. The thing I liked most about this book was the concept behind the blood knowing it's soulmate and the mystery surrounding why both Peter and Jack (vampires that had no feelings or affection towards humans) were attracted to the very human Alice when she is supposedly Peter's soulmate. I'll probably check the next book out just to see if it gets any better.(less)
Sunshine and Rayne are identical twin sisters but their personalities are completely opposite. Sunshine is more of the good girl while Rayne is more likely to get into trouble. So, when Rayne talks Sunny into going to Club Fang with her, Sunny's not too thrilled. But then she meets Magnus...tall, dark, and dreamy...and follows him out to the parking lot. Then a bad case of mistaken identity takes place and suddenly Sunny is made aware of a world she never knew existed: vampires are real and if she doesn't find a way to stop the transformation, she'll become one of them within the week.
Sunshine MacDonald is a fun-loving teenager whose biggest wish is to be asked to prom by Jake Wilder, a.k.a Sex God, the most popular and handsome boy in school. But she's pretty convinced that he doesn't know she exists. But, when she gets bitten, she begins to go through transformations that suddenly have people noticing her that would not normally give her the time of day. As the transformation progresses, Sunny actually begins to develop more confidence in herself and also begins taking more risks. She learns a lot about herself over the stressful week and begins to reconsider what is really important in her life. She's a fun character that I could relate to really well.
Magnus is a thousand-year-old vampire who has been waiting for about that long to be assigned a blood mate. He starts off being a little arrogant and stand-offish, but as the week progresses, events unfold, and he and Sunny spend more time together, he begins to loosen up and shows the more charming, caring, and chivalrous side of himself.
The author has created two worlds within this book; the daytime world that Sunny is struggling to hold on to and the nighttime world that she will become a member of if she can't reverse the vampire transformation. The daytime world is the typical world of high school drama and the nighttime world is one full of luxury and decadence but also danger. Throughout the entire book, pros and cons are laid out for each of these worlds, forcing Sunny to really think hard about her decision to reverse the transformation.
This was a fun, enjoyable book to escape into for a while. Sunny was an amusing character to follow and there were many times throughout the book that I was smiling or laughing at something she said or did. Magnus was a delicious treat and I really enjoyed his interactions with Sunny throughout the entire book. And Rayne was an interesting supporting character that worked well within the story. Overall, this is a really good book if you're looking for something more light-hearted and fun in the YA vampire genre. I'll definitely be checking out the second book to see what happens next, especially with the way this book ended! (less)