This was a stunning 2009 debut from Becca Fitzpatrick. Ever since the release date (which was 2 years ago!!) I have been eyeing since. I can’t believe...moreThis was a stunning 2009 debut from Becca Fitzpatrick. Ever since the release date (which was 2 years ago!!) I have been eyeing since. I can’t believe I waited so long to get to it! I kept putting it back because I wanted to be caught up with the current releases. I am so, SO glad I finally got to it, because I enjoyed it. Thoroughly.
The plot was very similar to Twilight’s, which, to some non-Twilight fans, may be disappointing. However, I am a HUGE Twilight fan, so I loved this book very much. Angels are more enjoyable for me than vampires, since they are less gruesome. In the beginning, the reader is introduced to Nora Grey, a regular teenage girl living in an isolated house with her mom. She meets Patch, a mysterious boy who seems to be antagonizing her and possibly following Nora. Nora and her best friend Vee, have been noticing someone in a ski mask where ever they seem to be. Nora soon discovers that Patch is a fallen angel, and the more she’s with him, the more she’s drawn to him. The resolution of the book was merely shocking and very suspenseful, and a tad ambiguous.
The characters: Nora Grey, I loved very much. She is a brave girl, and she sacrifices herself many times throughout the novel. She is a bit of a rebel, however, which makes her even more kick-ass! Patch…. oh man, Patch. He is probably THE hottest and sexiest guy in any book I have read so far. Job VERY well done, Fitzpatrick. He was so mysterious and indirect, it made him all the more annoying and vague and praiseworthy! Nora and Patch together is a match made in heaven, from what I think. Just so perfect, the two of them. That’s most likely why I enjoyed the book so much. Since I admired the characters so much, it was just an extra push for me.
As far as suspense and mystery goes, it was really great. I found myself frantically flipping through pages (and sometimes peeking ahead) to see what was going to happen next! The surprise and irony was also great and VERY well thought out, I myself did not see it coming at all.
In conclusion, I’d like to say that this is one of my favorite books that I read this year. I’m so excited to read Crescendo and Silence soon! This book is very recommended, IF you liked/loved Twilight. Or, even if you didn’t I’d still give it a try! (less)
Crescendo was a lovely surprise. One moment I was shouting at the book, the next moment I wanted to hide under the covers and call my mommy. So many e...moreCrescendo was a lovely surprise. One moment I was shouting at the book, the next moment I wanted to hide under the covers and call my mommy. So many emotions in one book, I was more than satisfied of the outcome. Crescendo surely lives up to it’s title, the growing intensity was immense and superb.
First, let’s start with the plot. The beginning of the book jumped right back in to where Hush, Hush left off: Patch and Nora being a happy couple. In many ways, Crescendo was a much gloomier atmosphere because of Patch & Nora’s breakup. I was devastated and not too happy about the idea at first, but in the end, I am so glad Becca Fitzpatrick did this because it made the plot 31478901 times better. Not-so-significant characters from Hush, Hush are now main characters in Crescendo, and I loved how they were brought into the story. Becca Fitzpatrick forced me to have my heart beating so loudly I swear it can be heard a mile away! The events where so mind-blogging, it surely reminded me of the mysteries similar to Pretty Little Liars. I have to say, the creep-factor in this book was MUCH stronger than in Hush, Hush. I can honestly say that it might not be the best idea to read this at night. I’d say the plot overall is very strong and very well-crafted.
The characters! Oh la la, Patch and Nora’s relationship…it was so confusing as they tested each other for loyalty and trust, the relationship was honest and real, not fake. Scott Parnell, introduced in Crescendo was annoying at first (which Becca Fitzpatrick intended him to be), but towards the end, I learned to love him, after certain sacrifices he makes. MARCIE MILLAR. Oh my, the mean girl. I actually loved this character, she is so snotty and rude, it makes her lovable, in a way. My opinion on Vee, Nora’s bestfriend, hasn’t changed one bit. She is still the bubbly, optimistic person that she was in Hush, Hush. A truly loyal friend. Although some characters most definitely aren’t the best, the plot would have died without their personalities.
The writing was outrageously amazing. In every page, Becca took my breath away and left my craving for more. There is just something about the way she writes that draws me in. I don’t know how she does it, but it’s astonishing.
Like I said before, despite the darker atmosphere in this book, I clearly am in love with this book. After finishing it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and I have kept thinking about book three, Silence. I can honestly say it was better than Hush, Hush. I know I can not wait any longer for Silence. (less)
I actually don’t think I have any words for this book. My emotions after I finished reading the book: astonished, miserable, excited, lighthearted, ch...moreI actually don’t think I have any words for this book. My emotions after I finished reading the book: astonished, miserable, excited, lighthearted, cheery, and sleepy (I stayed up past midnight reading it, it was THAT amazing. AND, I went to sleep smiling from ear to ear). What are you saying? Some of these emotions oppose each other. But seriously, that’s how I felt.
Silence picks right back up (ish) after Patch and Nora get back together in Crescendo. But, the beginning of the book starts off with Nora waking up in a cemetery with no memory of the past five months. Including no memory of Patch. And for some reason, no one is telling Nora about him. They even hide the true facts from her. This absolutely ripped my heart in half when people took advantage of her, it was very frustrating to read through. Why would anyone hide the love of her life away from her? And the fact that Nora didn’t even remember who Patch was… I wanted to go die in a hole. What a miserable time.
However, Patch and Nora meet again. He goes by Jev for the first half of the book, and it bothered me a little bit, because Path suited him much more. When Nora starts to remember who Patch is again, a dark black cloud disappeared over my head and my heart was filled to content once again. Watching Patch and Nora’s relationship bloom (like in Hush, Hush) was just phenomenal to read about, I loved it so much. So tender.
Fitzpatrick surprises us readers with many new plot twists, and clever schemes. I was probably awed in every chapter that I read through, it exceedingly terrifying. The creep-factor was definitely still on high, and I loved every second of it. Even though I read Hush, Hush and Crescendo by Becca, and am very familiar with her writing now, I am yet, STILL astonished by her writing style. It sparks me every time and I just get pulled in willingly. I have no words on HOW she does it. I just don’t.
THE ENDING. Ohmygoodness guys, the ending. I was thinking,”WHAT? WHAT? What just..happened..?” Becca Fitzpatrick did a fantastic job surprising me for sure, and I was literally slipping off my chair when I was reading it. I almost ripped out my hair reading it as well. Becca Fitzpatrick is very mean, leaving us with a cliffhanger. AGAIN. Ugh, I don’t really have the patience to wait for a WHOLE YEAR until book 4. It’s gonna kill me.
All things considered, Silence was un-put-down-able, and I am DYING for book 4 in the series. Someone please go tell Becca to hurry up. I’ll be looking forward to seeing my favorite couple again. :)
Wow… I was amazed by this book. When I first found out that Hilary Duff was writing a book, I laughed out loud. Just another famous star that wants to...moreWow… I was amazed by this book. When I first found out that Hilary Duff was writing a book, I laughed out loud. Just another famous star that wants to do everything. But, you know, reading it and giving it a try wouldn’t hurt.
AND MAN OH MAN AM I GLAD I DID! Elixir strangely reminded me of Passion by Lauren Kate, except not… the only similar concept that reminded me of it was that Sage, has eternal life, and in each of every lifetime of Clea’s soul, she is with Sage. So in other words, Clea and Sage are soulmates, and they find each other in every era.
Hilary Duff writes VERY beautifully, and in time, I forget that it is her writing the book. But just the concept of it all was very enjoyable and it captivated me from the start! I loved all of the character’s personalities, even though they were all very different.
The ending was a total cliffhanger. When Sage is about to kill himself, one of the groups who want the Elixir of Life come and capture him, leaving Clea and Ben on the beach. Even though they do not find Clea’s missing father, they know something. The original 3 vials don’t exist anymore.
All in all, I underestimated Hilary Duff, and I definitely recommend this book! It took me by surprise, and I’m sure it will take all of the other readers out there by surprise, too. I can NOT wait for the next book, Devoted! (less)
First off, I just have to say, when I first read the synopsis, I was instantly intrigued. And absolutely clueless to the fact that this book was about...moreFirst off, I just have to say, when I first read the synopsis, I was instantly intrigued. And absolutely clueless to the fact that this book was about VAMPIRES. Yes, I said the v-word. The first 150 pages was so captivating and mysterious, it immediately drew me in. I loved the innocence of Violet McKenna, afraid and shy about her psychic abilities. And her roommate Cece, was also very lovable. Then came Aidan, the most attractive and smartest guy in the school. The hottest guy helping the new shy girl. My kind of genre.
Then, when Aidan reveals that he is a vampire, in my head, I was thinking,”Oh man, not a vampire book AGAIN.” But, considering that the previous pages in the book were so amazing, I knew I had to keep reading to find out what happens, vampire or not. And I’m actually really glad I did! Even after they reveal the idea of vampires in the book, they stay strong with the idea of psychics in the school. I think Cook’s choice of psychic friends (Sophie, Marissa, Cece, and Kate) was sweet and it put the story together nicely. The book’s plot and characters kept me captivated the whole entire time of the story. Violet’s psychic ability as a person who can see into the future (preferably people’s deaths) was very interesting. I liked how that was her ability, because each of her visions were very anticipating, especially the ones involving Aidan.
The ending of the book was a tiny bit disappointing, because there were still SO MANY QUESTIONS LEFT UNANSWERED. It wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger, because you know what happened to everyone. But just things that happened during the battle between the “Winterhaven Warriors” (Violet, Aidan, Sophie, Cece, Marissa, Kate, Joshua, Jack, and Jenna?) and the vampires (Julius, Dr. Blackwell, and the two female vampires who didn’t have names).
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I thought it was pretty creative on the whole new twist on “psychic abilites”. I would really love to see a sequel or companion novel of some sort, in order to complete my satisfaction. But just a great must-read that every one has to pick up once in their life! Although I don’t know what the deal is with the butterfly on the cover…(less)
While I realize that many people loved this book an incredible lot, let me just start off by saying, sadly, that Beautiful Creatures was just not for...moreWhile I realize that many people loved this book an incredible lot, let me just start off by saying, sadly, that Beautiful Creatures was just not for me. I heard so many great and amazing things about it, and I had high expectations for it. Alas, it was far from my expectations for it.
Don’t get me wrong, like I said before other people have enjoyed it with all their heart, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. However, Kami & Margaret work astoundingly together; the writing is fantastic. If not for the plot and characters, I’m sure I would have enjoyed the book!
Onto the characters of the book: Ethan Wate. Now I’m not sure how much I liked the fact that the whole story was told from Ethan’s point of view, but I couldn’t get used to hearing a guy talk. I think it would have been a lot better if they switched back and forth from his and Lena’s point of view. But Ethan was a very strong, brave character to me, and he didn’t care what anyone thought about his friendship with Lena. Lena. Ohhh Lena Duchannes. She was the character I didn’t like. I’m sure Kami & Margaret did such an incredible job of describing Ethan’s peers hating on her, which got me hating on Lena. But she just wasn’t the lovable female protagonist for me. Which basically, if the female protagonist isn’t lovable, I can’t really enjoy the rest of the book. Their love connection also was very weak. Maybe it wasn’t the main part of the book, but the sections with intimate moments was just not enough.
Beautiful Creatures covers much information about history, the Civil War, and actually, yes, many aspects of To Kill A Mockingbird. I loved To Kill A Mockingbird, and I love how Kami & Margaret brought it and weaved it into their own story. That’s one thing that I liked. The whole Casters concept was strange to me as well, why didn’t they just stick with witches?
All in all, Beautiful Creatures was not for me. I will not continue reading the rest of the Caster Chronicles Series. (less)
The first thing that caught my attention about this book was the cover, no duh. The cover is SO absolutely gorgeous, and even though the image provide...moreThe first thing that caught my attention about this book was the cover, no duh. The cover is SO absolutely gorgeous, and even though the image provided doesn’t show it, the title is shiny, silver. When I read the synopsis, I KNEW I had to pick it up. I have been wanting to read this book for FOREVER, since I have a tiny, maybe huge obsession with angels. I was very satisfied with this baby.
Clara’s sense of humor left me smiling to myself when I read through her thoughts. A typical (ish?) teenager, who is a quarter angel. AND sees visions of herself saving a boy (whom we later find out is Christian Prescott) from a forest fire. Hand really let us understand Clara’s confusion on learning about angels, and her frustration. I just loved Clara as a character. Her friends that she makes at her new high school are lovable as well. Wendy, I loved her! And mmm mmm mmm.. Tucker, Wendy’s twin brother. Boy is he a little Southern sweetheart! I LOVED TUCKER. Especially his little boyish ways of flirting with Clara. Angela was a very trustful angel friend and I loved her absolute quirkiness. I feel like every goth/loner girl ends up being best friends with the main character. :)
Christian.. I didn’t like so much. At first he seemed like the perfect dream (literally) guy that every girl (including the reader?) would swoon over. But when he goes to prom with Clara and sort of rejects her for Kay (his ex), I didn’t like him so much anymore. I mean I know he is nice to take a sad ex home, but leaving his prom date is also just rude. Since then I just saw him as a preppy hot guy that doesn’t really have any feelings. Even when he comes over to Clara’s house to apologize and hangout.
The whole angel concept was sort of a different twist on things, especially the “glory” part. I liked the concept of Black Wings, too. Hand describes them as evil angels, and they really creeped me out for sure. I have to say my favorite parts of the book was not of Clara’s visions of her saving Christian, but her spending time with Tucker over the summer. He turns out to be a gentleman, and even in the beginning you can tell he makes fun of her because he’s in love with her. IT’S SO ADORABLE. He’s adorable. I personally loved Tucker+Clara, and hated Clara+Christian. He just wasn’t right for me.
The ending was strange. Apparently Christian is an angel too? And if he new all along that HE was supposed to save Clara, why didn’t he try to get to know her like she tried to get to know him? It bothered me. The scene with Sam (the black wing) and Clara and her mom is so intense! It was a bit random though. There were just a lot of parts of the book I liked, and some I didn’t.
But overall I’m glad I read this one, since it’s been on my must-read-pile for a while. I definitely think it is worth reading the next installment, Hallowed, and I cannot wait to find out what happens between Clara, Christian, and TUCKER! (less)
I really enjoyed this book. There were many fun moments, laugh out loud moments, blended in with creepy, blood-curling ones. The beginning was a TAD s...moreI really enjoyed this book. There were many fun moments, laugh out loud moments, blended in with creepy, blood-curling ones. The beginning was a TAD slow for me. I thought it was going to be one of those books with so many different types of creatures it gets overwhelming and confusing. But Hawkins does a good job of describing and balancing out information.
I think Jenna was an amazing character. With everyone else’s thoughts at Hex Hall about Jenna, you (at first) think that Jenna is a freak. A killer. But throughout the whole entire book, she is kind to Sophie, and I learned to love and trust Jenna. I thought Sophie as a character was a little too skeptical about herself too often. She doesn’t trust herself, but she is likeable. It’s Archer Cross that made me sort of cringe about this book. He was completely rude to Sophie in the beginning.. and then he develops a crush on her while dating Elodie? I wasn’t crazy about that idea.
I thought the plot for this book was GREAT. Very creative, unlike any that I’ve read! The ending was very intense and tragic. When I read about Archer being part of The Eye, it freaking FREAKED ME OUT. I instantly disliked him. I was a little confused when he escaped. Why did he? But perhaps my question will be answered in Demonglass. When Sophie figures out her great-grandmother is a demon, and is in the woods with Elodie, she goes after them and kills Alice (great-grandmother) with the demonglass sword on the statue in the cemetery. During this part of the story, I got a little confused on all of the new information being thrown at me. I think Rachel should have slowed it down a little there, but it was easy enough to understand the main idea.
Overall, I thought this book was unlike any book I’ve ever read, and I definitely recommend it! Reading Demonglass next! Hooray! (less)