Helen Hamilton lives a simple life with her father in Nantucket, where she tries very hard to be as averages as possible. She keeps her grade good, bu...moreHelen Hamilton lives a simple life with her father in Nantucket, where she tries very hard to be as averages as possible. She keeps her grade good, but not great. She runs cross-country, but never seems to come in better than third place. At nearly 6 feet tall, the other kids at school think her a freak. But no one could guess what she really is...until a new family comes to town.
As soon as Helen lays eyes on the achingly gorgeous Lucas Delos, she tries to kill him. Literally, with her bare hands. But Lucas and his family are the only ones who might know why Helen acted that way, because she sure doesn't. As Helen grows closer to Lucas and the rest of the Delos family, she discovers secrets--some about herself, some about others--that will both excite her and break her heart. But there's really no time to think about it, when someone seems to want Helen and her loved ones dead.
Whew, this was a long book...and yes, it did take me some time to read it. This is because I didn't really get into the story until the second half.
The first part contained a whole lot of actions, without much explanation behind them. Helen wants to kill Lucas, Lucas wants to kill her, her stomach always hurts, they are both seeing creepy bloody ghosts. But we don't find out all the reasons for all of these events until much later in the book. To me a good chunk of the book seemed like filler.
But once things got rolling, they got awesome. I loved all the interactions and training scenes between Helen and the Delos family. As someone who grew up with just her dad, it was cool to see Helen being taken in by such a huge, loving clan.
When Helen began coming into her powers and using them, I was so excited. It's sad to think that there was something extraordinary in her, that she couldn't really explore for her whole life.
The Lucas/Helen relationship...yeah, I'm not too sure about it. It was the one main thing that bothered me, as I never really picked up on their connection. It felt forced to me, and took a creepy turn in the end. I guess we'll have to see what happens next.
If you love Greek lore, not just mythology and stories about the gods, you should really read Starcrossed. I found it quite original in a sea of supernatural YA books.(less)
I'm going to give this a verrrrrryyy reluctant 3 stars.
There was so much hype for like a YEAR leading up to the release of this book, of course I had...moreI'm going to give this a verrrrrryyy reluctant 3 stars.
There was so much hype for like a YEAR leading up to the release of this book, of course I had to request it on NetGalley! The hype was mostly centered around the book's protagonist (?) Dante Walker, and how he was so much of a bad boy that you'll hate to love. Oh I hated him alright, but it never even came close to the love part.
Dante is cocky, egotistical, and just plain mean. He's a Collector of souls for the bad guy downstairs, so essentially a demon. His job is to corrupt people and make sure their souls go where they need to go after death. He's really good at his job and has become the bad guy's favorite...until he gets an assignment to collect Charlie.
Charlie is unattractive, clumsy, and lacking self confidence, which is pretty much everything Dante hates in a person. Yet for some reason, he is inexplicably attracted to her. As she gets closer and closer to having her soul collected, Dante begins to think that maybe his job might be worth giving up for her.
As I said before, I'm not one of those girls who was charmed by Dante's attitude and uber-coolness. For essentially the first 75% of the book, he said and did so many things that turned my stomach, I almost quit reading several times. He's dead, but still so shallow and vain...I would have thought dying would show a person what was really important in life. He actually calls Charlie ugly and worse, albeit not straight to her face.
I also didn't get his feelings for her. It wasn't insta-love per se, but it was fast nonetheless, happening in less than ten days. It's a bit unbelievable to me that someone as vain as Dante could have fallen so quickly (or at all) for Charlie...though I'm sure the wishes she made to make herself more beautiful helped him balance things in his mind.
So why did I give the book 3 stars at all? Well, it barely made it. The premise of Collectors and Liberators is an original one, and I like it when I can come across something new in paranormal YA. And although I have a strong dislike for the main characters, there are secondary characters that are way more interesting...Valery, for example. The end was pretty unexpected but still good, and I feel like a showdown is coming.
Hopefully Charlie will change Dante, because if he stays the same, I don't think I'll be able to read any more Collector books. Here's to change.(less)
Ana is living a quiet life in snowy Whistler with her beloved dog, Matilda. The only thing wrong is the horrific nightmares she has. They have gotten...moreAna is living a quiet life in snowy Whistler with her beloved dog, Matilda. The only thing wrong is the horrific nightmares she has. They have gotten so bad that she barely sleeps anymore.
One night, Ana meets the enigmatic Cyril, Arie, and devastatingly handsome Athen. She feels an instant connection with them that she can't explain, and soon she finds herself needing to be around them constantly. Then they explain to her the reason why she feels that way, and Ana's world is rocked. Because within her dreams lies the truth, and Athen must protect her at all costs.
I almost gave up on this books at first because...insta-love. But, I'm glad I didn't. The idea behind the plot is pretty good.
I found Ana a little annoying, honestly. When Athen, Arie, and Cyril tell her the truth about herself, she is just like, "What? Oh, OK." She didn't have too much disbelief. Also, the most unintentionally funny thing about this book was how she kept throwing herself at Athen and he kept denying her sex. She was shameless about it, and it was funny.
I feel like this book had both too much and not enough description. When the supernatural terms start flying around, they aren't really explained. But there are whole long paragraphs on the way houses look and the way hotels are decorated. I found myself glossing over several parts.
The action was sparse, but I feel like that happens often in first books of a series--they are mostly backstory. When the action did happen, it went by quickly and I wish there had been a bit more exposition.
So, why was the book worth reading? Well...Athen. SIGH. Who doesn't want a man that caters to your every whim before you even ask for it? Super sexy, thoughtful, and a powerful warrior? PERFECTION. Also, I really did like the idea of "white demons" and everything that they encompass.
The book left me with several unanswered questions that I hope will be addressed in its' sequel. With most of the background story out of the way, hopefully now we can get down to some real action.(less)
Ashlyn has just lost her father in a freak accident. Still, she's determined to go on the trip to Ireland to visit family they had been planning. Alon...moreAshlyn has just lost her father in a freak accident. Still, she's determined to go on the trip to Ireland to visit family they had been planning. Along with her best friend Jamie, she makes the trip. When she is there, she learns that no one is who they seem: her best friend is really an evil creature, her grandmother is an immortal warrior, and Ashlyn herself is a mixture of fae and Changeling the world has never seen before.
Along with some help from her guardian Liam and her kick-ass Memaw, Ashlyn must keep herself and her family safe from those who would do them harm--the ancient evil that has been after her family for centuries.
I kind of went back and forth on my rating for this book, but I think ultimately I ended up giving it four stars because the good outweighed the bad.
I like Ashlyn, though I wish she had a little more guts...especially when it comes to guys. Before the important part of the story, it's clear that Ashlyn's best guy friend, Reese, is in love with her. She does not feel the same, but nonetheless leads him on by snuggling with him and sometimes even holding hands. Um, helllooooo?? That's just bitchy. On the other hand, when it comes to Liam, she is a total pushover. I'll keep it spoiler free, but let's just say there was a point where both of them were acting quite immature, then Ashlyn forgave him way too easily. I did not love the way the relationships played out in this book.
What I did love, however, was the rich folklore surrounding the supernatural types in this book. The fae in this story are different than any others I've encountered, and I can't say I've ever read about Changelings. The supernatural characters, both good and evil, definitely made the book entertaining!
There wasn't too much action, but the couple of scenes the book did have were awesome and made up for it.
I enjoyed being immersed in this world and can't wait to see what happens next!(less)
Now that Ashlyn has embraced the fact that she's part evil Changeling and part faerie, it's time for her to get down to business. She's determined to...moreNow that Ashlyn has embraced the fact that she's part evil Changeling and part faerie, it's time for her to get down to business. She's determined to free both her and Liam's brothers from the prisons of the evil Changeling commander, Ankou.
But things are steadily getting more complicated. It's becoming clear that Liam being Ashlyn's protector may not have been the best idea for either of them. And with Ashlyn's hometown being overrun by Irishmen and magical creatures, interesting things are bound to happen. Ashlyn will learn that friends--and enemies--are where you least expect them.
So, I made my feelings known about Ashlyn and her love triangle in the Bridger review. Well, not much changed this time around. I'm gonna go ahead and say I am TEAM REESE...especially after the awesome thing he did at the end of the book!
One big difference between Traitor and Bridger was that Ashlyn and Reese had alternating chapters in this book. Honestly, I looked forward to Reese's chapters more. He was definitely more entertaining and just more fun to experience than Ashlyn.
There were quite a few twists and surprises in Traitor, and that is always something I love--when I can't actually see a plot twist coming! Megan Curd is a master at throwing a big curveball during the last ten percent of a book ;) But the twists aren't so out of left field as to be unbelievable--they make sense if you go back and recall the things that transpired.
There was much better characterization in this book than the first--I loved getting to know this group of people better. As I said, Reese had some chapters from his point of view, and I loved getting inside his head and seeing how he felt about Ashlyn, Liam, and the whole magic-is-real situation.
This book was a great mix of fast action, humor, paranormal, and romance--though that part is still getting on my nerves. But I will most definitely be reading the next book in the series!(less)
Shay and her two best friends Steven and Jodi share a special bond--they all have affinities for elements. While Steven works with fire and Jodi with...moreShay and her two best friends Steven and Jodi share a special bond--they all have affinities for elements. While Steven works with fire and Jodi with air, Shay is the most powerful of the three and can access all elements--her main one being earth. Together they use their powers to help people and but the balance back in nature. But they aren't prepared for what happens when the sexy twins Ian and Jensen move to town.
Soon, it becomes clear that someone is upsetting the balance of their town--making sacrifices and using dark magic. Shay is haunted by dreams that show her what's going on. Together she and her friends must find out who's behind the evil, and stop it before it goes too far.
I felt kind of so-so about this book. It started out promising, but as it went on I liked the main character less, and I saw the ending coming.
The part I loved most about this book was learning a bit about witchcraft and how it is related to nature. Though throughout the books, the characters never expressly call themselves witches, that is how I thought of them in my mind.
Shay was alright to me--at first. Though she is the most powerful of her friends, I am not sure how that made her their leader. She's lucky they stayed friends with her at all. Shay came off bitchy and bossy on several occasions.
Steven was the gay best friend, and Jodi didn't have much personality at all. More than once, it seemed they were sharing looks or conversations behind Shay's back...which with her behavior, maybe she deserved. (A little note that drove me crazy--Steven's devout, Mexican Catholic family has problems with him doing "magic" but not with him being gay? It seems that should be the bigger issue.)
Although there was a semblance of a romance between Shay and Jensen, it felt a bit forced to me. They didn't really have much interaction at all, and most of it was snarky head games. But maybe they'll be closer in the next book.
Basically, all the action came at the end, and I felt the buildup was a bit disappointing. You could tell who the "bad guy" was gonna be. Though I was thrown off a bit at first, I figured out what would happen about halfway through the book.
I'm interested to know more about the others' powers...I have a feeling things from Jodi or Steven's point of view would be a little more tolerable. I felt this was a respectable start for a series, but the main character's attitude ruined it for me.(less)