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 truth...moreFirst 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.(less)
This might be more of a 3.5/5. It was really nice and sweet in the Matched and Die for Me sort of way. And it had a great ending. I am an all or nothi...moreThis might be more of a 3.5/5. It was really nice and sweet in the Matched and Die for Me sort of way. And it had a great ending. I am an all or nothing kind of girl when it comes to endings, and luckily it gave me everything. (less)
This might be more of a 3.5/5. I'm not a big Claudia Gray fan, but this was better than Evernight. I always feel distanced from her characters. But I...moreThis might be more of a 3.5/5. I'm not a big Claudia Gray fan, but this was better than Evernight. I always feel distanced from her characters. But I cried so much in this! I have always had a soft spot for the Titanic. For as long as I can remember, its just so sad! But I am glad the actual sinking took up a small part of the book compared to the movie 'Titanic', where the sinking pretty much took up the last half of the movie. I wouldnt have been able to deal with that much crying.
The story was really interesting, involving werewolves and Mikhail added a lot of extra danger and suspense, and I liked the setting of a ship, although it could have been any ship. Tess and Alec were sweet of course, but their relationship felt a bit rushed. The first time they kissed I thought, "Already?" I know she only had a few days to work with on the Titanic, but Gray could have still added more scenes to each day in order for it to feel like longer before they kissed. Writers warp time all the time. But I cant complain about anything else. Tess and Alec had all the major points I would want in a YA romance. Lots of great kisses, self-sacrifice, a sex scene, and a happy ending.
I'm not too upset that there isnt a sequel, but if there was I would definitely read it.
This was better than the first one, IMO. The story and romance were set at a far better pace. There was just enough of each at proper intervals to kee...moreThis was better than the first one, IMO. The story and romance were set at a far better pace. There was just enough of each at proper intervals to keep it fresh, and nothing was confusing about it like in the first one. Although I'm still not sure what Valentine's motives are for everything he has done to Jace (I know some spoilers), I still somewhat understand Valentine better as a character now than I did in the first book. The whole ending of the first was too confusing. But this one I could follow. It just felt far more structured. My only complaint is how things ended between Jace and Clary. But, things seemed far more hopeless at the end of the first and they still managed to have lots of great progress in the second. So I assume they will managed to fit more into the third. I know how it ends, but its not all about the ending. They have to keep us going with all the little things that happen in between, so here is hoping.
Oh, and one more complaint. Why did no one consider doing a DNA test? They could have compared Jace to Jocelyn or Clary. I am sure the Clave has the resources. Not only would I have insisted if I were Clary, but it would have made their investigation of Jace easier, to find out if he really were Valentine's son. They really had no reason to take Valentine's word for it, and a DNA test just seems so obvious to me.(less)
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I love the world and society of vampires and comarré in this. It was really interesting and origin...moreI have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I love the world and society of vampires and comarré in this. It was really interesting and original. But on the other hand, I hated Chrysabelle's character so much I almost stopped reading about half way through, and I sort of wish I had.
She treated Malkolm horribly from the very beginning, without reason, and wouldnt stop. Every time she had a new revelation about her situation or about Mal, I thought she was going to realize her mistake and try a different approach. Then she would open her mouth and I would lose a little more patience. She was rude and whiny and immature. And she is supposed to be 115 years old! A little more maturity would be expected. Some times these heroines need the reality of their situation to knock some sense into them, so I gave Chrysabelle some time. But it took over half the book before I was able to tolerate her character (and only tolerate, mind you, not like), and that was thanks to Mal. Things between them got interesting eventually, especially after he had her blood rights. But I felt like any attraction between them wasnt real, it was just the hunger. Maybe in later books their relationship becomes more convincing, but I dont think I am going to bother to find out.
Another reason I didnt enjoy this is the villain, Tatiana. I hate her so much, and not just in the usual way that you hate a villain. She was just so horrible and loathsome, with her blind stupidity and power hunger. She reminds me a lot of Cersei from A Game of Thrones. That is the furthest thing from a compliment I can give anyone. Also, there was a twist at the end and I totally saw it coming. And I am really bad with twists. I never see them coming.
The world alone and Mal's character arent enough to make me continue this series. (less)
Kelsey is an 18 year old girl from Oregon, who, while working at a circus for a summer job, befriends a tiger named Ren. When Ren is bought by a rich...moreKelsey is an 18 year old girl from Oregon, who, while working at a circus for a summer job, befriends a tiger named Ren. When Ren is bought by a rich man in Indian, Kelsey is asked to accompany them to help transport Ren, due to her close relationship and easy way with him. Once she arrives in India they reveal to her that Ren is actually an Indian Prince who was cursed to live as a tiger for the past 400 years, and that Kelsey is the one that can save him. She then embarks on a great Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider style adventure to break the curse. She will have to complete several tasks and by the end of the book she has completed the first task, so I assume the process will take up the entire series.
This was a really great adventure like I was not expecting. It was a lot of fun. It took me awhile before I started to like Kelsey, although it took no time at all for me to like Ren. Like wow! What a leading man! He was so sweet, and for a while it was great. But then Kelsey started acting like a moron. She is not the first heroine to make a similar decision, thinking the hero needs to consider his options before he can decide what he really wants. But its still frustrating that she cant trust he is smart enough to know what he wants. At least there are several more books for them to sort things out, it still has me somewhat worried for the series. I dont want it to be one of those series that continuously goes out of its way to put barriers between a couple.
I totally love how the setting is so unique for YA and I love India, and Ren is so totally gorgeous, and its such a magical adventure. I cant wait to read the next book and I am very excited that this is going to be made into a movie!(less)
This was very similar to the first book, Tiger's Curse. It starts out in Oregon, leads to an adventure in India, and ends on a sad note. At first I wa...moreThis was very similar to the first book, Tiger's Curse. It starts out in Oregon, leads to an adventure in India, and ends on a sad note. At first I wanted to shake and smack Kelsey because I didnt understand why she left Ren, but luckily that didnt last too long, and they were together again and it was super cute, just like when they were briefly together in the first book. But then they got separated and she had to go on her second quest with Kishan instead, the next step in breaking the curse.
Kishan was a great companion, even if a little too "hands on" at times. I was very impressed with how Kelsey resisted him and remained faithful to Ren. I was afraid they were gonna go all out with the love triangle, but it wasnt too bad. Even when Kelsey did hesitate or sway a bit, it was done believably and never too much. If she had given in to Kishan I would have held it against her. I missed Ren's sweetness, but Kishan is funnier. And then, after they completed the mission, they got Ren back and it again ended on a sad note.
It wasnt just a little bit sad. It was heart wrenching. The adventure, and characters, and romance are enough to make up for the sad endings, but why does Colleen Houck like torturing us like this?! But judging by this book and the previous, things will be resolved in the next one. Although, only to leave us with another sad ending. The last chapter was so bad (when Ren and Kishan were arguing in the dojo)! I cried and I cried and I couldnt see so I had to take a break and wash my face, and then finish the book. (less)
I would give this a 4.5/5. This book was pretty intense and amazing. Its hard to even believe how much happened. I cant believe it was only 360 pages....moreI would give this a 4.5/5. This book was pretty intense and amazing. Its hard to even believe how much happened. I cant believe it was only 360 pages. It felt like so much more! When I think back to how things were in the beginning of the book, when Heven was hiding behind her hair and her hood, and that first conversation she and Sam had in the school cafeteria, it feels like years ago.
At first, I was a little hesitant to accept Sam since he was totally stalking Heven for like a year, and that is totally creepy. But eventually I had to let it go and accept him, and even admit its part of what made the book so good. Sam was totally sweet and not dangerous. Realistically, psychologically, I dont know if it is possible for a stalker to not be dangerous, but this is a book, and a great one at that. Sam's utter love for Heven and need to protect and be near her was very consuming, not only for him but as a reader. And it just made me all the more happy to see them together, to know how much it meant to Sam, and to know how long he must have been dreaming of nothing else.
The first part of the book reminded me of Nevermore because of the high school setting, the sweet romance, and the subtle supernatural undertones. But once Heven found out what Sam was, things got more intense, with the story, the romance, and the supernatural elements. Without secrets between them it made their relationship so much more real. I was a little disappointed how Heven freaked out at first, but she forgave him fairly quickly. This was also around the same time she started living with her grandmother, which meant they had so much more time together, and they grew so much closer without the secrets or Heven's mother in the way. And they totally had a couple of hot make-out scenes that I was really hoping were gonna turn into something else, but they didnt have the opportunity in this book. But still, those scenes were hot and I am totally gonna reread them a bunch of times.
In a lot of books the characters often sleep together too soon (*cough* Bitterblue), but this is one book where I feel like they are really there already. I am not sure how much time passed in Masquerade but I think it was a lot. Several months, possibly the whole school year. The way their relationship developed, I feel like they could naturally take the next step. I would normally be really looking forward to reading more about Heven and Sam. But I wont. I wont be reading Charade. I usually steer clear of books that deal with hell or demons, because they really scare me, but I didnt realize before I started this what it was about. This book didnt deal with those things too much, and because I have never actually heard of the creature that Sam is before, it didnt bother me too much and I could just pretend he was a werewolf. But it still bothered me at times. I can tell that this story will be getting more complex and darker, and more engrossed in the supernatural world as it goes along. I wont be able to handle that. As much as I love Heven and Sam, it isnt worth the nightmares. I am sad I cant continue, but its just not an option for me.
One last little complaint. I hate the name Heven. It seems so dumb to me. If you are gonna name you daughter heaven, why not just name her Heaven?! Why take out the 'a' and turn it into a made up word that makes no sense and just happens to sound like heaven? Its so irritating.(less)