I received a copy of this book from Net Galley for a fair and honest review.
This book is about Thaddeus, who is a Vampire and works for a group calledI received a copy of this book from Net Galley for a fair and honest review.
This book is about Thaddeus, who is a Vampire and works for a group called the White Monks. He hunts and destroys demons. He is solely focused on his prayers and doing penance and hopefully one day regaining his immortal soul. Not only is he convinced that his being a vampire is the reason for his lost soul and desperate need for penance, but also the fact that he is gay. Before his life ended, he was studying to be a Monk and now he is working for the Catholic Church so he is lost in all the outdated dogma (in my opinion) that goes with it. It is for this reason that the White Monks hire for him a female assistance each year.
But this year, a mistake is made and 22 year-old Sara is hired. Sara is actually a man, who's full name is Sarasija. For Sara, this is a job of a lifetime. $80,000 a year to "assist" his new boss, who he knows nothing about and even less about his expected duties. His employer's "special diet" mentioned in his contract, doesn't even raise a red flag for him until it's too late to turn back. Sara needs this job to help his family and even as he learns more and more of what's actually going on, he can't turn his back, he needs to see this through.
I've read vampire romances before, and thought that I had "seen" it all, but I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. What both Thaddeus and Sara have to go through individually before they can even face anything together was very intriguing for me and very real and believable (as believable as a vampire story can be, I guess.) Then compound that with the action of the demon hunting, it was quite the ride! I am very much looking forward to the rest of the series.
I have to say that when I heard about this book before it came out, I was very nervous about it. Would it be good? I was so afraid of being disappointI have to say that when I heard about this book before it came out, I was very nervous about it. Would it be good? I was so afraid of being disappointed when I absolutely love the series so much. Then as I began to hear and read reviews from people who had read it, my fears seemed to be becoming a reality. So many people disliked it, claimed that it wasn't canon and worst of all, I was told that Ron was portrayed in a very poor light. This really upset me, because he is possibly my favorite character from the books. I actually considered not bothering to read it at all. But, who was I kidding, I had to see for myself.
I actually quite liked the story and the various "possible" futures that were glimpsed by Albus and Scorpius in their quest to attempt to right a wrong from the past. Some were only subtly different, others were nightmares and with each attempt the boys began to realize why you don't mess with things that you don't quite understand. So even when they try to fix things, it only makes matters worse.
And I have to say that despite my reservations, I felt that Ron's character was a bit goofy, but endearing. I wasn't disappointed in him at all. I could believe that Ron would possibly be like that 19 years into the future.
Another character, I very much liked was Draco Malfoy. I almost can't believe that I am saying this. He wasn't perfect, but he was trying to live his best life while raising his only son on his own after the death of his dear wife. And I loved how we saw the love for his son, in his desperate need to protect him and wanting what's best for him even if it was contradictory to what Draco wanted. This is shown in his trying to convince Harry to let Albus and Scorpius be friends. Obviously Draco is probably not thrilled with this, but he knows that this friendship is important to his son and since his son is having problems in school, this friendship is of even more importance to him. You can tell that showing affection didn't come easy for him. We can see why, from his relationship with his own parents. But he tried his best to be loving and make sure that Scorpius new he was loved. I loved the part when the adults finally find Albus and Scorpius and Harry and Ginny are hugging their son, Draco tells Scorpius that yes, he could hug him. It was a sweet moment, I thought. He wants to be a loving father. He's not perfect but he is willing to do whatever he can.
And lastly, I loved the friendship between Albus and Scorpius. Who would've thought that a Potter and a Malfoy would ever be best friends. But these boys are innocent of any of the bad blood between Harry and Draco, and are willing to put family history aside. The boys need each other, as neither of them seem to be very well liked. The peer pressure, like in any school, is very hard on both boys. But they are there for each other and that helps them to deal with the rest.
So all in all, this book wasn't perfect, but it had a lot going for it in my opinion. I would've given it a 3.5, but I liked it too much to round it down. Sure, I might've enjoyed this a bit more if it were in book format. But moreso because more could be fleshed out and thoughts delved into deeper. ...more
Ok, this is definitely not my thing, lol. I made a deal with my neice...if I read a book she recommends to me, she'll read something I recommend to heOk, this is definitely not my thing, lol. I made a deal with my neice...if I read a book she recommends to me, she'll read something I recommend to her. She read The Outsiders, which was one of my favorite books when I was younger (it still is!), so it was totally worth it! I am going to rate this book on what it was trying to do, not on how I feel about the group or music (although she made me listen to some, and they are talented kids, I admit, I'm just not a fan).
This book tells the story or the boys' first few years after the X-Factor. The book is broken up into 5 sections, with each boy telling their story and how they felt. It never felt repetitive, they are all different enough to just round out the full story. The book is filled with alot of pictures of the boys goofing around and performing. All in all, I think the book was entertaining and put together really well....more