Bitten follows Elena Michaels through her journey of accepting her werewolf bite. She was changed into a werewolf without knowledge of what was happen...moreBitten follows Elena Michaels through her journey of accepting her werewolf bite. She was changed into a werewolf without knowledge of what was happening, and she has been trying to deal with it ever since. The novel begins with Elena trying to live in the normal world, even though she is far from normal. A call from Jeremy, the Pack's alpha, calls Elena back to where her life fell apart - Syracuse, NY. Bitten is written in first person narration from Elena's point of view, so the reader is taken through all of her emotions firsthand. Armstrong details the change, and the pain that it causes in a way that no other author has ever done. Elena takes us through the bone breaking and reshaping, and it's impossible not to feel sympathy for her, especially since she never chose this life. When Elena returns to Syracuse, my favorite werewolf or all-time, Clay Danvers, is waiting on her. Her relationship with Clay is volatile at best, and her anger at him is almost tangible. Nonetheless, it is clear that Elena has some deep feelings for Clay other than just anger and hatred, and as the novel progresses, her feelings become more and more apparent. Elena seems at home with the werewolf pack, and they all treat her like the younger sister they never had. Armstrong does an excellent job of explaining what makes werewolf society different from human society, and the reader finds herself feeling comfortable among the werewolves as well. Elena has a lot of character growth throughout the novel, and while she starts out being a likable character who is easy to relate to, by the end of the novel, she has grown into a kick-ass heroine who is comfortable in her own skin... or skins, since she's a shapeshifter. Bitten will take you on a ride of a lifetime, and you do not want to miss out! If you haven't checked out Kelley Armstrong's the Women of the Otherworld series already, I suggest you do so immediately. You NEED to read this book!
After having Fallen recommended to me by several friends, I decided to give it a try. The cover is obviously gorgeous, and the story sounded interesti...moreAfter having Fallen recommended to me by several friends, I decided to give it a try. The cover is obviously gorgeous, and the story sounded interesting, and it was. The two main characters, however, were not. Luce starts off promising. She is entering a new world at her boarding school, and she is trying to adapt as best she can. Then she sees Daniel, and her personality goes down hill from there. She quickly becomes obsessed with Daniel (think Bella Swan obsessed), and after staring at him for over 300 pages, they finally interact. Boom, she's a goner. She loves him more than anything. She lives and breathes for Daniel. With the past life connections, that could at least be believable, but the fact that they don't interact at all, other than Daniel giving Luce rude gestures and running away , and Luce acting like a creepy stalker, makes it seem a little far-fetched. Besides, who could love Daniel anyway? He's boring. Daniel is vanilla ice cream without the vanilla beans! He's THAT boring! The secondary characters, however, are wonderful. Cam is my absolute favorite, and I feel that Kate put more effort and thought into him than she did Daniel. Arriane is also a unique and interesting character. Penn is a likable character, and she has her quirks, as well. Gabbe, on the other hand, is a bit cookie cutter for my taste. I think that if Kate had put half the thought into Daniel that she put into Cam, then the novel would have been about 1,000 times better. Another thing that I really enjoyed about this novel was all of the references to Paradise Lost. As a lit dork, I loved the direct and indirect references to that novel, and they were put in very strategic and interesting places. On that front, I have to applaud Kate. The allegories were done very well. While I did enjoy quite a few things from the novel, many things, other than Daniel and Luce, bugged me. For example, the "big reveal" doesn't come until about 350 pages into the book, and when it comes, it doesn't reveal much of anything that I hadn't already figured out in the prologue or by the hints dropped by Kate. This book moved painfully slow, and if it wasn't for Kate's eloquent writing, I doubt I would have finished it. Another thing that bothered me was the fact that I was left with more questions than answers at the end of this book. There was a bit of a cliff hanger, but nothing was tied up... nothing! Usually a few questions are answered at the end of the book, leaving other questions to be answered as the series progresses. But Fallen left me really confused as to what the purpose of this whole novel was. It was over 400 pages total, and not a single question was answered. To me, that screams bad planning. Even though I wasn't blown away by this book, I am continuing the series because I simply LOVE Cam! Once I finish Torment, I'll let you guys know what I think of it.
Having been in tears at the end of Hard Bitten, I was almost afraid to pick up this book. However, Neill said to trust her, and I am so glad I did. Th...moreHaving been in tears at the end of Hard Bitten, I was almost afraid to pick up this book. However, Neill said to trust her, and I am so glad I did. This book was full of surprises from start to finish! Merit is back, and she has to save Chicago, yet again, from vampires, sorcerers, and corrupt politicians. I love the corrupt politician angle that Neill adds to this series. It's just so Chicago, and yes, I can say that because I am a Chicagoan. GO CUBS! ahem...
Merit is a Cubs fan too, and that's just another reason that I love her. She started this book being a bit weak because she was still grieving over Ethan, but she gets her act together pretty quickly when she notices that things are going terribly wrong in Chicago. There's a scary looking cloud over the city, and the lake goes completely black and still. Being from Chicago, the the clouds are normal (especially in the winter), but the lake thing terrified me. I know, I know, it's fiction, but Neill has the ability to fully immerse the reader into her world, and I was curious and worried about the fate of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Not only that, but a new politician is in town, and she's wanting to get rid of all the supernatural/government alliances, which means Merit's grandfather is out of a job. Think things can't get any worse? You'd be wrong.
Outside of the house, the entire city is a mess, but inside the house is even worse. Since Ethan's death, Malik has taken over the house. However, the GP thinks that Cadogan house is falling apart, so they sent someone to watch and run the house. Of course, this GP doesn't want Merit involved in what's going on in Chicago, but in typical Merit style, she doesn't listen. Since she can't work with anyone from Cadogan House, Merit has to team up with Jonah from Grey House in order to solve this mystery.
I liked Jonah and everything, and his interactions with Merit were fun to read, but he's no Ethan. Therefore, I wasn't his biggest fan throughout the book because I kept missing Ethan, even though he was present in Merit's dreams. Mallory and Catcher also weren't present as much in this novel, and Mallory was distancing herself from Merit a lot. I missed their interactions a bit, but I missed Merit and Ethan the most.
In an effort not to give anything away with the plot, Neill packs this book full of surprises. Some of the things I saw coming, and others came completely from left field. From the first page, I was hooked. Of course I peeked to the back because I'm a big cheater, and I had to make sure things ended the way I wanted. After being satisfied with that, I went back and read through the entire plot to see how things ended up the way they did. Somehow peeking at the end didn't kill my enthusiasm for this book in the slightest. I still had to see what Neill had up her sleeve, and the pacing is so fast that the pages flew by.
The characters, of course, were well-developed, and everyone's favorites and least-favorites were present in this novel. Merit even talks to Tate about things. Tate's an enigma, and no one can figure out what he is. He doesn't exactly help Merit's cause of saving the city, but he's an entertaining villain nonetheless.
For those of you who have read the other books in the Chicagoland Vampire Series, Drink Deep is a must. Neill does not disappoint with this novel. If you haven't read the series yet, then start with Some Girls Bite and work you way through the series from the very beginning. Neill has created an enthralling world in Chicago, and you do not want to miss out on it!
This was the most depressing ending I have ever read. There are a few ways that ending could have played out that could have been much less depressing...moreThis was the most depressing ending I have ever read. There are a few ways that ending could have played out that could have been much less depressing, but Cremer chose the saddest one. That being said, I did cry, so I guess the ending at least caused a cathartic reaction in me. I'm glad it's the last in the series because I could barely finish reading the book after a certain thing happened. I skimmed over the last 20% honestly because I just didn't care anymore.
Calla went from being strong and unique in the first book to manipulative and cold-hearted in this book. Her emotions fell flat for me. I felt that Cremer told instead of showed us what Calla was feeling. Also, Calla bounced back from big events way too easily. None of her feelings seemed real. By the end of the book I hated her and was hoping an anvil would fall out of the sky and squish her or something. She was that bad.
Shay... I have never hated a literary character as much as I hate Shay. NEVER. He is obnoxious, not funny (even though he seems to think he is), annoying, whiny, weak, and selfish. He was even worse in this book than he had been in previous ones. I just couldn't stand him or the fact that if he said "jump," then Calla would ask, "how high?" As I said, Calla was no longer a strong character in this novel, and that had everything to do with Shay. I wish Calla had let the bear kill in him the first book.
Ren even fell flat for me in this novel. He was reduced to fighting over Calla and making the same "terrific plan" for war over and over again. None of his personality shined through. It was disappointing. Also, Ansel annoyed me and I used to love Ansel. Bryn was also obnoxious, and she, too, was a former favorite. Nev and Mason were very two-dimensional, as Connor and Adne. Sabine was just bitter and weak in this novel.
There was a lot of action, and the plot was fast moving, but it seemed like the same thing over and over again. I almost felt as if Cremer just copied and pasted the fight scenes in each section. I skimmed over a lot of it because it didn't hold my interest. There was nothing to keep me on the edge of my seat. I just didn't really care, which is odd because I cared about the characters in the last two books. The only thing that saved this book from getting a D is the fact that I liked the rest of the series and the cover is pretty.
Bottom line: If you have already started the Nightshade series, then read this because you need to know how it ends. However, I am sorry for how depressing it is. If you haven't started the series, don't. Otherwise you'll have to read this depressing book that falls flat in order to see the ending. It's better just to avoid it all together.
So I finally broke down and checked this book out from my library, and I'm so glad I didn't buy it. It was OKAY, but nothing fantastic. All of the nam...moreSo I finally broke down and checked this book out from my library, and I'm so glad I didn't buy it. It was OKAY, but nothing fantastic. All of the names of the characters are ridiculous, and Ever is a whiny, emo, selfish brat. The idea of immortals instead of vampires intrigued me a bit, but over all, this book was a waste of time. The main reason I finished it was to find out why Damen was such a weirdo. Unfortunately, I'm still not sure why.
I'm glad I read this book simply because now I'm not curious anymore. I won't be continuing the series, though. That's for sure. It falls in the ranks of other YA disasters, such as Fallen, in my book. The characters are all flat, Ever is one of the most boring characters I've ever had the displeasure of reading. She's also depressing. I finished this book feeling all gloomy because her emo personality apparently rubbed off on me. Nothing was explained nearly enough, either. Her friends were cliches, and her aunt was, of course, MIA.
The romance in this book isn't believable. Maybe it would have been more believable if the characters had been a little bit likable, but as it stands, I just couldn't believe it. Damen did crack me up with his tulips, though. That was about the only redeeming factor of the book. However, he's not the best influence for Ever, that's for sure. Thanks to him she skips a ton of classes, then turns into an alcoholic after they break up. Unhealthy relationship much? I mean obviously he didn't turn her into an alcoholic since he was gone, but still, she's just too weak to even be considered a heroine.
The one thing that kept me reading was trying to figure Damen out, which like I said, I didn't actually do. His actions were strange, and I wasn't quite sure what to make of them. I know that I wouldn't want a boyfriend like that, but I'm not a whiny emo child, that could be why. The action scenes weren't that intense, and random people kept showing up and disappearing, even though they played no real part in the story. Drina was the typical villain, down to telling Ever all of her nefarious plans and actions during the supposed "climax" of the story... which was rather anti-climactic, if I do say so myself. It would have been comical if it hadn't been so terrible.
Ever's instance of punishing herself and making sure she was never happy was another thing that really bothered me. It's one thing to have survivor's guilt, but it's another thing to make yourself suffer for eternity for "penance." Talk about living in the Dark Ages. It wouldn't have surprised me if she'd started wearing hair shirts in an effort to cleanse her body of her sins. Seriously, she was that dramatic about it. It was ridiculous. Actually, the hair shirt would have added a little depth to her character. I think she should have done that. And because she was soooooooooo miserable and didn't deserve to be happy, she made everyone around her miserable as well. She was so self-absorbed, she didn't know or care what was going on with anyone. All she cared about was her own suffering. Yea, real great heroine we have here, huh? Seriously, she couldn't have saved herself from a freaking paper bag, she was so pathetic.
The story didn't make a whole lot of sense. I guess the pacing was quick, but the plot itself was lacking. I'm still not sure what how anything really connected. It's one of those books you finish reading, and then you're like, "so what?" I mean I obviously didn't expect it to be loaded with inspiration, but a little positive thinking never hurt anyone.
Over all, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I mean sure if you want to waste a few hours of your life and some brain cell, then I guess have at it. Otherwise, I'd say skip this series. There are plenty of better series/authors out there to read. Don't be like Ever, don't punish yourself for nothing. Trust me, it's not worth it.