I am so confused how every adaptation of this book that I have ever seen turned this into a romance. Its really a shame that the book is so differentI am so confused how every adaptation of this book that I have ever seen turned this into a romance. Its really a shame that the book is so different since I absolutely love Gary Oldman and Jonathan Rhys Meyers' versions of Dracula. I still really enjoyed this book. But its very methodical, and is told in journal entries and articles, like Illuminae and Sleeping Giants, which isnt my favourite form of storytelling. I would I have enjoyed it a great deal more if it was a traditional narration. ...more
I must admit the writing irritated me at parts. I rThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I've never read anything like this!
I must admit the writing irritated me at parts. I really wish I could replace every usage of the word 'belly' with 'stomach'. And the author really liked to reuse phrases. Several times someone trailed a finger along someone's jaw. More than once a car clicked and tinked. But her ability to describe a scene to you is amazing. Maybe she occasionally ran out of new ways to say it, and maybe I'm the only one who noticed, but the rest of the time I was completely drawn into her world. And I really enjoyed her affinity for the sense of smell. Every room and person had their own smell, a sense that is not usually focused on, it was like a completely new reading experience.
It read mostly like a really good thriller, full of conspiracies, cover-ups and secrets reminiscent of Bourne novels, with a little Criminal Minds mixed in. Which is a great combination, but then imagine a story such as this mixed into a world of vampires and fallen angels, supernatural powers, and other worlds of secrets. I have never seen a world like this before and there is nothing I can compare it to.
And I really appreciated Phoenix's version of the vampire mythos. She didn't stick with the usual 'steak to the heart', 'burst into flames' traits, but she didn't just ditch them all either (*cough* Twilight *cough*). She made a unique combination of new and old. And the two leads are great, but I think that goes without saying. The leads are important and I couldn't have enjoyed the book this much if I didn't love the leads. Heather was a great female character. A perfect balance of tough but still feminine and sexy, enough for her weaknesses to be believable. And of course Dante was perfect, a beautiful tortured soul.
But the image I cant get out of my head is of Lucien, standing with wings unfurled under the broken roof of a cathedral. Dante took everyone's breath away, but he was described as pale and 5'8”. Not my type. Lucien was described as 6'8”, handsome, and oozing power. I would love to see that, with his rushing wings as he swoops down and perches on Dante's rooftop like a gargoyle....more
This was still really interesting since the characters are so great, but the first 3/4 of the book was rather slow. Not much happened. Just a lot of tThis was still really interesting since the characters are so great, but the first 3/4 of the book was rather slow. Not much happened. Just a lot of talking about Heather's mother, Robert Wells, and dealing with Annie. I was also disappointed that there wasnt much of Lucien, because I really love him. It didnt feel like it really got going until chapter 35. And then, of course, the last 5 chapters were amazing! It really paid off in the end.
The setup for the next book was also awesome. It wasnt as stand alone as the first either. Although it was clear at the end of the last book, that there was more to come, it still felt like an ending for the time being. But the end of this one felt like it could have actually said "To be continued." I cant wait!...more
I enjoyed this as much as the last one, but neither as much as the first. I wish they would have more of a conclusion. The last two have felt somewhatI enjoyed this as much as the last one, but neither as much as the first. I wish they would have more of a conclusion. The last two have felt somewhat like cliffhangers.
But I really enjoyed what happened between Heather's sister and the Morningstar. An exciting twist that I wish had been explored more. But I enjoyed the ending the most. Having Dante and Heather actually go to Gehenna and Heather proving that she is a better Calon-cyfaill than the Fallen even though she is mortal. I wish they had spent more time there and they could have shown off some more. It was all very exciting. ...more
First of all, when I had about 30 pages left to the book, I could not go on! I tried. I really tried. But I could not go on without knowing the truthFirst of all, when I had about 30 pages left to the book, I could not go on! I tried. I really tried. But I could not go on without knowing the truth about Clary and Jace. So I went on Wikipedia and looked it up. So now I know and I was able to finish the book. While I was doing that I also discovered that Simon becomes a bigger character in the following books, which I find very disappointing. I found him very annoying. Someone I wouldnt even want to be friends with, let alone date. I really dont blame Clary for never thinking of him that way. Thank goodness. But now I also know how long it takes for things to happen and now I dont really have much interest in reading the next book. I was enjoying this enough that I ordered the second one from my library before I finished it, so now its on the way so I will probably read it anyway....more
I can't believe how this ended! Adrian really likes messing with us, doesn't she. I love the characters so much, but I am starting to want the seriesI can't believe how this ended! Adrian really likes messing with us, doesn't she. I love the characters so much, but I am starting to want the series to end so Dante and Heather can get their much deserved happily ever after. ...more
I can confidently say I am not a Clare fan. I have given this the same rating as the first TMI book, but for different reasons. In City of Bones I didI can confidently say I am not a Clare fan. I have given this the same rating as the first TMI book, but for different reasons. In City of Bones I didnt much like the story, but I enjoyed the characters. In Clockwork Angel it is the opposite. The story was decently interesting, like a mystery with so many pieces to put together, but the characters were horrible. That is only my opinion, since I know this book and its characters are wildly popular.
I found Tessa to be a decent heroine considering her situation and the historical setting. But I have trouble taking someone seriously when they are attracted to Will. Why anyone would like him is beyond me. He is clearly hiding something and is trying to push ppl away with his rudeness and arrogance. But that is all there is to him. Like Magnus observes at the end of the book, "He seemed to show nothing real to the world." I have observed no redeeming qualities in him thus far. I cant imagine what Tessa or Jem see in him. I dont recall him ever being kind to her, beyond showing occasional concern, and that was usually not in her presence.
Having to put up with reading her thoughts about him is very frustrating. I have never disliked a male lead before. There are a few rare occasions where I have liked the supporting male character enough to be noteworthy, and on even rarer occasions I have liked him enough to rival the male lead, but never before to the extent of surpassing the male lead. Usually, all the thoughts they (leading couples) have about each other is what I feed on. It propels me through books as fast as I can possible read, wanting more. But in this, any thoughts of Will made me uncomfortable and I almost dreaded it. I cannot stress enough how unappealing I find him, or how baffled I am by Tessa's affections. Some have told me, "Dont judge until you read the next book!" But Tessa has not read the next book! It makes no sense to be attracted to someone who treats you like you're worthless, whatever their reasons or true feelings may be. But enough ranting about Will. Onto the next fellow, (Haha, my brain is thinking British now).
Jem is kind and considerate, and everything an English gentleman should be. But I dont think that's what Tessa wants. She could not have missed his affections, however subtle, but I think he would have to be more passionate to attract her attention. He is far too subdued for my liking, and hopefully he will show more emotion in the next book, which I may or may not read. I will probably wait until the whole series is released before continuing. That is what I decided to do with TMI. Reading the whole thing slowly is far too tedious. I am considering dropping the rating for this to 2.5/5....more
I still love this series and the complex world Adrian Phoenix created. I love it as much as I did after reading book 1, A Rush of Wings, and being totI still love this series and the complex world Adrian Phoenix created. I love it as much as I did after reading book 1, A Rush of Wings, and being totally blown away. And I love Heather, and Dante, and Lucien more and more with each book. But I am giving this a 3.5/5 because I feel like the story is really getting drawn out.
Its just been a constant stream of Dante being kidnapped and tortured by vampires, psychopaths, evil angels, the government, other branches of the government, eviler angels, etc, etc. I am really getting tired of it. I guess this is all leading towards pushing Dante into becoming the Great Destroyer and then probably being saved by Heather, but I dont like seeing quite so much of it. Its starting to all seem the same.
Although the more Dante is tortured and pushed to his limits, the more I love him. I LOVE DANTE SO MUCH!!! But its not even in a swoony book-boyfriend kind of way. I just love him so much as a person and admire his strength. I sort of have two separate lists of favourite heroes in my head. One is book boyfriends, and one is just heroes--male leads whose romantic relationship, or lack thereof, has no effect on my love for them. Dante would be on the latter, along with heroes like Ender Wiggin and Eragon. But make no mistake, I am most certainly swooning and drooling ALL OVER his daddy. ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓ (At least, this is how I imagine him in my head)
I love Lucien and I look forward to seeing him protect his son further, now that Leviathon has awakened. I also want to learn more about Annie's baby. That wasnt really addressed at all in this book. Is Annie the only one who knows who the father is? As well as the father. He seemed to have figured it out real quick. Things could get interesting. But please, dont focus the next book on kidnappings and failed rescue attempts! It took all of this book for Heather to track down Dante after he was kidnapped at the end of the last one. It was so frustrating!
Edit: I contacted the author and she said that the end of the series is not in sight for her. That she will continue writing the series as long as she can keep the story interesting. I guess I can live with that. Not like I really wanna leave these characters yet anyway. ...more
I am not sure where to start. Its hard not to be biased. I guess the easiest place to start would be to say that I didnt enjoy this as much as The IroI am not sure where to start. Its hard not to be biased. I guess the easiest place to start would be to say that I didnt enjoy this as much as The Iron Fey. I thought the first half of the book was far too slow, and it took awhile before something happened. And I am not entirely won over by Zeke. I liked him more in the end, once he finally got some courage and stood up for Allie. At first he was extremely kind, but he never really stood up for himself or anyone else. He was kind when he could be, otherwise he just did what Jed said. And I really couldnt believe how he let Jed treat him. But I started to like him in the end. He did a few very impressive things and started to become the man he woould have been without Jed's influence, so I am looking forward to seeing more of him, which I am sure we will. As well as Kanin.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story, even if I had some issues with the pacing. I like where I see this going and I cant wait for more action. Allie kicks ass with her katana. :P A zombie chopping vampire with a katana.
One of the most impressive things about this book imo, was the vampire lore. Being a vampire was not glamourized, and a perfect combination of vampire characteristics were kept that helped it feel real. Characteristics that could be explained with science fiction, rather than the supernatural. It was messy and gritty. Allie's struggle was both more desperate and more believable than other vampire books I've read. I see a lot of potential for this series. There were no issues that cant be easily overcome in the next book (pacing, Zeke manning up). I look forward to reading more, and growing to love the series as a whole....more
Set in a gothic private school, the first few chapters I wasnt too sure about. It played out like a Taylor Swift song. She walked around all day thinkSet in a gothic private school, the first few chapters I wasnt too sure about. It played out like a Taylor Swift song. She walked around all day thinking about the guy she liked, and hoping to see his face in the crowd. I wasnt sure if much was gonna happen. But then it did. Their relationship picked up for a short time before they got into a fight and she left him. Which I am glad for. I didnt want the lead to be stupid and love struck. She was love struck, but not too stupid to realize there was something about him she didnt like. But they couldnt stay away and then it was his turn (and ours) to be shocked by her behaviour. I'm not sure if I like the way the author decided to keep a vital piece of information from us for half the book. It was a strange way to reveal something that we perhaps should have known from the beginning. But as the book went on it felt normal and it was easy to forget we didnt know from the beginning. So, basically, there was a lot of adversity in their relationship to keep things interesting, and in the end there is a lot of action when they fully realize who each other are, and their worlds collide, tearing them apart. So, going into the next book, it will be a forbidden love story....more
This was so much better than I expected it to be! I read it in one sitting! I love theThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was so much better than I expected it to be! I read it in one sitting! I love the TV show but this rivals it. Stefan is so much cooler than in the show. I wasnt a huge Stefan fan, but in the book he is just as awesomely romantic and smoldering as so many other YA vampires.
Of the 3 leads, the only one who I pictured as the actor from the show is Damon. Ian Somerhalder sounds like a perfect description of Damon, except way older. Elena actually referred to Damon as a boy more than once, whereas Ian Somerhalder is clearly not a boy. But still, I didnt really picture Paul Wesley as Stefan, and definitely didnt picture Nina Dobrev as Elena.
Her character is also very different. The Elena here starts out very snobby and high and mighty, but that changes in time. It makes sense that Stefan would bring out the best in her. Although, I dont really get why Stefan would fall in love with her in the first place, the way she was in the beginning. It also happened way too quickly. After two conversations Elena tells him she loves him. Pretty ridiculous really, but besides that its great. The romance between Stefan and Elena is awesome, and the added creepiness of Damon stalking her is perfect. Cant wait to find out what happens next!...more
I may be a little biased to my personal preferences, but I didnt enjoy this one as much because there wasnt as much of Lucas, and then he and Bianca gI may be a little biased to my personal preferences, but I didnt enjoy this one as much because there wasnt as much of Lucas, and then he and Bianca got into a fight which was really sad. It was kind of frustrating when I could see how their hunting Charity was hurting their relationship and Bianca didnt seem to care. I thought, "You really need to take some time off from this and plan a trip to just talk to Lucas." But nope, she kept bringing Balthazar and hunting Charity. I think she even thought to herself one time that she could tell Lucas was mad, but she really wanted to do this for Balthazar. Priorities girl! It almost ruined them but thank goodness that Lucas was a good enough person to go looking for her to say sorry, or they may not have ever seen each other again....more
I put much more weight on characters than story, and the characters in this didnt really appeal to me. Bones kind of reminded me of Travis from BeautiI put much more weight on characters than story, and the characters in this didnt really appeal to me. Bones kind of reminded me of Travis from Beautiful Disaster. They have a lot of differences of course, mainly that Bones is not nearly as pathetic and insecure as Travis, but his attitude and temper reminded me of Travis a lot of the time. And I found Cat pretty annoying. It seems that nowadays paranormal authors are trying their very best to make their heroine as far as possible from being Bella. Not that that is what Jeaniene Frost was doing, but it means that I have seen a lot of heroines like this lately, and most were done better. Such as Kelsey from Tiger's Curse and Alex from Half-Blood. But Cat kind of reminded me of Dez from Touch, who was also kind of annoying. She was pretty kick ass in the final fight scene though.
The story was the best part of this book. It was quite a conspiracy, lots of tracking down leads, interesting stuff. Kept me reading. But I thought the romance was seriously lacking. I would hardly call it a romance, just lots of sex. The first sex scene was shocking. Probably the most explicit you can get without getting an erotica label. There wasnt any of the the stuff that I love about romance novels. Hardly any of the building of their relationship, sweet scenes and romantic words. They were having sex about a quarter of the way into the book, so there was hardly time for more. I guess I should stick to YA, where it takes the whole first book in a series for a couple to admit they have feelings for each other. Thats what I love, building tension and simmering feelings. Reminds us of our first love.
I'll probably continue the series eventually, but I'm not in a hurry....more
This book was as good as the rest of the series, maybe better than some. It was very interesting and exciting with everything that was going on with tThis book was as good as the rest of the series, maybe better than some. It was very interesting and exciting with everything that was going on with the wraiths. I love seeing all Bianca's friends and family working together, and having Lucas back at Evernight.
But then the ending, I hated the ending. I will just admit that right now for ppl who are wary about endings. I always am. An ending can make or break a story for me. Although, in this case, it didnt quite break it, it could have. At least they didnt die, or I should say, cease to exist, so that is something. And they were together in the end, and happy. So I guess it should be considered a happy ending. But I'm not happy, and that's what really counts. Haha, that makes me sound selfish but I read because it makes me feel good. Most of the time. And I want perfect endings. Perfect endings like in Stardust (the movie had the most perfect ending ever, but I havent actually read the book. I should do that soon). With all the outrageous supernatural occurrences in Evernight, and especially in Afterlife, Claudia Gray could have found a way to fix it, easily. And with a whole book to go since what happened to Bianca at the end of Hourglass, there was plenty of time. She just didnt try. This was the ending she wanted to give us, and I just cant imagine why. I think now I am just glad its over....more
This was really interesting. I loved how Bianca and Lucas had their little makeshift apartment and tried to take care of each other. And when Bianca gThis was really interesting. I loved how Bianca and Lucas had their little makeshift apartment and tried to take care of each other. And when Bianca got sick, even though it was sad, Lucas took such good care of her and it was adorable. And when he told her about his job, I just wanted to hug him! Gosh, he loves her so much that he would do anything. I loved that they were finally together, for a short time, without anything in their way.
And I really hate Black Cross. The way they live without letting anyone have a proper night's sleep, a proper meal, a proper shower, be in a proper relationship, have a proper education, or have your own money. And you dont even have any choice in the matter. It was just so horrible and I cant believe anyone would force that on someone, let alone their own child. I was so happy when they got out of there but I wish they were able to get out sooner, before things went wrong.
And I dont know what is gonna happen next. I cant imagine what sort of ending this series is going to have after what happened to Bianca, but I will grab Afterlife next chance I get....more
I liked this one as much as the first. It was really good with lots more Damon. Getting to know him more as a character rather than just a large crow.I liked this one as much as the first. It was really good with lots more Damon. Getting to know him more as a character rather than just a large crow. It went by very fast though. The story wasnt very complex at all. It felt like something that could have been covered in one episode of the show. But I cant wait to find out what happens next. The ending is sure to lead to an interesting turn of events in the next book, even though it seemed too convenient. Just a way to continue the drama. But continue the drama it will, so why should I complain? :P...more