What I forgot to mention in the review of the Marked, is that I absolutely loved Zoes markings. I wish some talented...more~originally posted here
What I forgot to mention in the review of the Marked, is that I absolutely loved Zoes markings. I wish some talented artist would draw her mark and tattoos :) Delicate emerald net... I wish I could pull it off.
Plot continued to surprise me pleasantly (also sometimes not so pleasantly!) At times it did seem slower, than in Marked, but all the things started, get even more confusing twist and seem far from being over. Already the first third of the book made me see the already familiar character so differently, Neferet, Aphrodite. Wow. I can only hold my breath, eyes bulging out, of what could happen next.
What did irk me, was the constant que of guys around Zoe. And it always started with her thoughts, of how the guy is possibly the best looking male on the planet Earth. Seriously? Erik seemed like a ordinary nobody after that and I feel sorry for him. I still like him the best, but sometimes Zoe really made me doubt her, is she worth such a great guy? Apart from this "minor" character flaw, I still liked her. She did her best to stay true to her visions and I liked how she a had a strong sense of self, strong personality.
And hahaha at all of them trying to figure out how to make a bomb threat the most efficient way! Just who are you supposed to call and actually threaten? Hilarious! One of the best qualities of the House of Night series, is the relationship between Zoe and her circle. I just but collapsed, when Damien mouthed how he has just entered a cute-gay-guys heaven. I was so so happy for him. And of course, the twins. "Ditto Twin!" I really hope they will all stay together through all the series, this knowledge only would already make me finish it! On the Chosen!(less)
After a really long time finally one paperback! I've gotten so used to ebooks I had forgotten exactly how good it felt! This book didn't make me fall face first into bed and giggle, but it kept me constantly focused with a weird smile on my face.
I have to say, it was really easy to get into this book. I liked Zoey, her humor and sarcasm made me laugh. Zoey reminded me a lot of myself. The ability to completely forget the most important appointment for the day and then conveniently remember it like 2 minutes before. "Oh, hell!" I so agree Zoey :D For once again this take of vampires was new to me. Apparently their existence was a public knowledge and they were even researched by scientists. I also liked the theory (or in that case, the lack of it) how the Trackers chose people and Marked.
The book gets a quick start and Zoey gets thrown in the middle of everything. I feel the need to point how pathetic her perfect family was. John was really a gigantic narrow-minded and hypocritical step-loser. I really liked, how they blew everything over the top and still keeping it believable. But I think that there are families out there like hers, and most definitely like Damiens. He was such a sweet guy, making fun of his own gayness, yet still being so incredibly alone. I really hope he finds someone! I liked Erik as well. It was fun reading everyone squirm every time he came close! Her whole "circle" was awesome! Their loyal and always behind her back ♥
I also really enjoyed how Nix played the central role in the whole story. How she has been the same for the beginning of times, just with different names, choosing special people to carry out assignments. And the Mystery of the Big Bad made me also twitch and want to read even quicker. I even enjoyed the descriptive parts with rituals and circle casting. I could really picture the rooms and Zoey in the midst.
However, I much preferred, when vampires were referred as vamp instead of vampyres. This word bugged me. I'm glad it wasn't in every other sentence, I'm not sure, I would have enjoyed it as much then.
Overall, I really really liked the pace of the book. It was interesting all the time, without being overly fast. I have already started with the next installment called Betrayed, and it follows the already familiar and nice style. Warm recommendations to everyone! (less)
Hooray! My very first try at ARR Program - a chance to receive a copy of a new book in exchange of an honest review. I'm really excited and thankful for the opportunity! Also, a huge thank you for the author E. for providing me with a copy!
*3 stars* (Grading the book was really difficult. The quality of the books VS how much I enjoyed it = 2/4. So I decided to compromise.)
Before I even start I have to get one stone off my chest. I don't like the cover. I'm sorry, but I don't. There are so many ways of editing a picture and this is not one of them. What's with the wings? Without them and the not-so-well-done editing it already would've been a lot better. A serious error also lies with the title. It's almost unnoticeable and unreadable. I imagine the most important part of the cover should also be one of the first things to notice. But enough of this. On with the review.
The first thing I noticed while reading was the writing style. I'd advise to at least have the book read couple of times before publishing. The faulty grammar, messy sentences and frequent spelling mistakes made it really hard to follow.
Waiting for the book to get better, is kind of dangerous. It always needs extra effort, trying to read something you're not instantly attracted to. In this case, the patience paid off. The first 2 chapters scared me pretty bad. As often with new authors, the start was rather rocky. Overuse of metaphors and adjectives made the sentences stiff and unnatural. Sentences, like I chuckled to myself, because I like to laugh, so I chuckled at the thought of laughing. It's a big NoNo. One Doesn't chuckle at themselves! I feel the book would do so much better, if it had gone through editing.
Andreas stuttering throughout half of the book over Uncle Gregs horror stories and paranoia quickly grew tiring and distracting. Half-finished sentences and repeating words is not a way to let the readers know when the character is constantly thinking of something.
The beginning is pretty cliche, the mysterious stranger who has been haunting your dreams for awhile, suddenly pops up, showing uncomfortably strong interest in your character and saves the day. However, I loved Andreas reaction to it all. "Why in the world did he do that? I’m not completely helpless," gotcha. Finally a girl, who doesn't find stalking strangers attractive.
The relationship between Shane and Andrea however starts off really well. I like their interaction. It's fun hearing her thoughts and then seeing her actions. So different, but put together they work just like a girl. But the whole dating thing after just meeting twice is a bit of a stretch for me. I believe in an instant attraction, but jumping straight into a relationship? Hmm.
Once I get to know Andrea, I really started to like her character. It's so rare for me to like the heroine. It's usually the best friend or some third character, that wins my affection. Drea however, is exactly the kind of girl I like. A girly girl, without being overly so. The only thing bugging me in times, was the sincerity of her feelings. How can you be okay with the idea of your dead Mother actually being alive or having to break up with the love of your life? I don't think you can just shrug and move on. But I'm really grateful we were saved from the 5 chapter long angst ride. So I'm really not complaining.
Already around chapter 4 the action piqued up a notch withe the appearance of Shane. In around chapter 10 we witness Andrea first finding about her mysterious family legacy. I didn't quite buy her reaction to all that information. She accepted everything too lightly, with almost no proof whatsoever. Uncle Greg started to get on my nerves as well. I pretty much got the idea, that he's obsessed with vampires and other superstitions alike, no need to stress it hundred and one times. In two thirds into the book is where the real action starts. The plot is thick, yet still logical and easy to follow. The ending left me satisfied and happy I had decided to keep on reading.
However, I just can't look past at the editorial faults in this book! I am a flexible person, I was able to look past the changing fonts and continuously misspelled words. But I know lots of people, who just can NOT do it. If you are one of them, I'm sure your eye is twitching already, so I'd strongly advise you to skip it.
I hope to hear more of Ms Grimm-Weever. The world she built was interesting, with twists and lots of supernatural action. The only advice from me would be to invest into a good editor, so more of the readers could enjoy the adventures of Andrea Dayla.(less)
Not the most gripping book out there, but I must say I liked it. Not all books can be devoured through, it gets tiring.
I read it about 4 chapters at a time. I liked the fiery characters of both Cat and Bones, but that was almost all that there was. The plot wasn't overly complicated or difficult to figure out. Just enough to keep me going.
The biggest flaw for me were the one dimensional characters. I didn't feel they had their own stories... Reading about jealousy and coping with developing feelings is also fun, but not if the whole book delves around it!
What I really liked was how the author portrayed the vampires. I loved the green glowing eyes! All the other supernatural abilities were already familiar. Porcelain skin, speed and strength.
It was fun for the first couple of hundred of pages and then somewhere around chapters 20 and 25 I got so incredibly frustrated with Cat! It was her indecisiveness. I love him, I don't etc. I did love Timmie. Watching him almost wet himself every time Bones appeared was hilarious. Can't say I blame the poor guy. Bones was rather territorial.
I better not open my mouth on Cats Mom character. The only scene ever that redeemed her in my eyes a teeny bit was the ending, when she wordlessly and voluntarily took Cats hand. I like to think she felt the pain her daughter went through, but who knows really. She could have been barking mad seeing demons on every corner and I couldn't have cared less.
The ending left me with opposite feelings. It was refreshing seeing not the usual fairytale ending, but the one with a touch of realm. Yet, at the same time I was unjustly disappointed. Walk away from your true love? Maybe. But the ties of the family tie you down tighter than anything else. I loved how she refused to be looked down on by the cocky agents. I'm almost even looking forward to the training lessons. At least she left a brief explanation. Considering all the reasons, Cats actions were pretty smart. However, I have a strong feeling that Bones won't be the one to take No for an answer.
I'll most probably carry on with the series, I'm interested enough to see where the road takes our heroine and if the author has managed to create a bit more creative plot line, just not yet.
I didn't even wan't to read this book. On Goodreads there was an awful lot of negative critizism. But, which book doesn't, right? What got me reading...moreI didn't even wan't to read this book. On Goodreads there was an awful lot of negative critizism. But, which book doesn't, right? What got me reading were the quotes actually. Quirky and funny, if the whole book were like this...
“That's why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don't say anything, they just nod. The nod means, 'I' am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass,' but they don't say anything because they're Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain.”
It kinda was. I mean I was maddly giggling on my bed, listening an audiobook, at 3 A.M. Seriously? I don't even remember, which book last managed to make me laugh that much.
Jace was a perfect match between a villain and a hero. He didn't go around raping the girl he confessed to be maddly in love with, like so much dark heros tend to think equals ultimate love. He was the type of guy who burning down your house and laughing still managed to look tender and romantic. And Clary? I loved her as well. She didn't whine about wanting both of the guys. She made her choices (indeed, back and fort, but anyway) and she lived with it. And the famous second lead! Simon, I luff you as well!!! Behind a whimpy kid there's an actual character. An actual story that was interesting! And the best side character, Magnus. I think I died laughing.
“Magnus, standing by the door, snapped his fingers impatiently. "Move it along, teenagers. The only person who gets to canoodle in my bedroom is my magnificent self." "Canoodle?" repeated Clary, never having heard the word before. "Magnificent?" repeated Jace, who was just being nasty."
Magnus, you're the best! I wish I could have you as my personal rainbow clolored and glittering warlock turned best friend. There was action, romance, a hell lot of paranormal creatures and a bucketfull of crazy laughters!
I loved Jace and I loved Clary. I loved every character and all the Shadowhunter-Downworlder thing. I'll try to cut back on all the gushing now about every single moment I loved. I think you got the idea. READ IT!
The day after finishing the first book, I went to the bookstore and got the first three books. That's how much I loved that series.
I really don't think this book deserves all the harsh criticism given. I won't deny, that the writing style is somewhat naive and self-repeating, but...moreI really don't think this book deserves all the harsh criticism given. I won't deny, that the writing style is somewhat naive and self-repeating, but still, I feel the objective of the book was just to provide innocent entertainment. The fact that Stephenie Meyer made her vampires sparkle, was frankly speaking up to her. I have read a good deal of classical and modern vampire literature and yes, based on existing books, they're a bit too boringly perfect in everything times two. Yet I even somewhat appreciate her try to come up with something new. Ice cold skin or color changing eyes are all familiar, I feel that her vampires are okay that way. As of Bella's clumsiness and whiny attitude - I feel without it, it really wouldn't have been the same. A whole lot of people actually act this way all the time in everyday life. Bella at times used sarcasm, got angry, made some decisions and fell down, hurt herself and overall seemed really helpless. All together, with the help from Mr Perfect, it worked out rather well.
I would never have imagined, that I'd end up defending Twilight. I'm not a fan of the series and definitely not of the movies, yet it did manage to keep me reading at a fairly fast pace. It's nothing I'd read again for any literary pleasure, maybe on a 12 hour plane flight... (less)