3.5 Stars. I didn’t like this book as much as the first one, but having read the third book I can definitely say it’s worth reading Unravel Me to fini3.5 Stars. I didn’t like this book as much as the first one, but having read the third book I can definitely say it’s worth reading Unravel Me to finish the series. This story takes a different turn in this book. Shatter Me felt more dystopia, this book felt more like X-men, which was cool, just very different. We see all of the characters growing up in this book. They take on new responsibilities, especially Juliette. Some characters grow closer while others grow apart.
Though Juliette’s relationships were a huge part of the plot in this book, like the first, Unravel Me focused a little more on the world that Juliette lives in and how Juliette can affect that world and help people. Still though, the heart of this story was with it’s characters.
I started to really love Kenji in this book, but he also seriously frustrated me when he complained about Juliette and Adam’s relationship. I get that Adam and Juliet were dramatic at times, but I felt like Kenji lost sight of how important Adam was to her. He acted like she was just any other girl with a boyfriend. But, that’s not what Adam was to her. For Juliette, losing Adam mean losing the ability to touch another human being. It meant being deprived of an entire aspect of love and affection. I just got annoyed with Kenji trivializing that. But, we also see Kenji and Juliette spending more time together in this book and the beginning of a great friendship starts to develop.
(view spoiler)[Juliette’s breakup with Adam was totally heartbreaking, and completely real. I liked that they tried to make it work, but things just kind of fell apart around them. As the book went on I kept wanting for them to get back together, but there was this moment when it just felt like too much time had passed. They’d missed their chance, and that was awful, but from that point on it just felt like it wouldn’t be the same if they got back together. I just loved how real it was. (hide spoiler)]
The romance that starts to bloom between Warren and Juliet threw me at first. I enjoyed seeing another side of Warren’s personality, but I really hated him in the first book, so I didn’t like the idea of them being together. However, as the story went on he started to win me over. I also enjoyed that his character didn’t change too easily or too quickly. (view spoiler)[ And, their almost-sex scene at the end was totally hot. (hide spoiler)]
The end of this book left me rethinking who these characters were. Juliette is figuring out who she is and thrown into a social world for the first time. She grows up a lot. And, both Adam and Warner surprised me. I was left thinking that neither one of them were exactly who I thought they were in the first book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
4.5 Stars. This series blew me away. What I loved most was the growth Juliette’s character went through from the first book to the last. In Shatter Me4.5 Stars. This series blew me away. What I loved most was the growth Juliette’s character went through from the first book to the last. In Shatter Me there was a lot of description, especially in the first two chapters. The writing was beautiful, though a little wordy at times, but in a way that actually added to the story. The book is told through Juliette’s POV, so I could understand some of the repetition because these are her thoughts, and considering the book opens with her in an asylum it’s understandable that she’s going to have some jumbled thoughts. There are also some very interesting metaphors, some of which were things I’d never consider using to describe the things she was describing, but they added to Juliette’s personality. She’s quirky and a little crazy.
Juliette has a lot of growing to do in this book in order to be comfortable with who she is, but she’s still strong. I loved that despite everything she’s been through that she was able to hold herself together and hold on to her beliefs.
I also loved the romance between Adam and Juliette, though I felt like it happened a little quickly. I really wished there’d been a little more angst, and a little more build up between them. Having said that, after reading all three books, the pace of their relationship was perfect in retrospect.
In turn, the villain of this story, Warren, comes off as really sick and twisted, and he really gets into your head at the end of the book. When I first met him he wasn’t anything like what I was expecting him to be, and as the story progressed it was clear that there was more to his character than we got to see. There’s some mystery about him, and a vibrancy to his character that made me love to hate him.
This book starts out a little slow with Juliette locked up in the asylum, but it ends with plenty of action. I liked that Juliette takes the lead at the very end. For a little while it feels like she’s a bit of a damsel in distress having Adam save her, but she takes charge at the very end and ends up doing some saving herself.
Juliette is on a journey of self-discovery, she grows a lot in just this book, but even more as I look at the series as a whole. She’s very broken in Shatter Me, she’s afraid of what she can do, and this is just the beginning of her journey.
I couldn’t put this down. Cass sucked me in just like she did with the first two books. As usual there’s some beautiful imagery, some interesting taskI couldn’t put this down. Cass sucked me in just like she did with the first two books. As usual there’s some beautiful imagery, some interesting tasks for the contestants to compete in, and a wonderful love story.
America is still stubborn and holds true to her values. I loved that even though she faced some hard choices she never wavered or compromised her beliefs. However, unlike the second book, she was smarter in the way she dealt with the things she felt passionately about that she knew the king would dislike.
I loved seeing America and the final contestants grow close. There’s a shift in this book where they stop competing and actually get to know one another. And, I loved seeing America and Maxon working together. They have a few experiences together outside the constraints of the selection contest, where it’s just the two of them, and I loved those moments.
However, I was a little annoyed that it took America so long to just tell Maxon how she felt about him. It seemed obvious that all he wanted was to hear that she loved him. I could understand that she was worried about putting herself out there, but it felt like Maxon had given her more than enough to know how he felt about her. However, when they finally do say their “I love you’s” it’s done in a way that’s really believable, and you know each of them mean it.
My only complaint was with the ending. It felt a little rushed and I wished America had had a more active role in it. She spent a good amount of time hidden in a safe room, and even though her earlier actions had led to a positive outcome, I wished she’d been able to contribute more in the moment.
I also wish the ending had been different overall. I feel like there was still more story to tell. There are a few secrets we discover at the end, including a big one with Kriss, that aren’t really explored as deeply as they could have been.
(view spoiler)[There were too many plot points left hanging, and I feel if the King and Queen hadn’t been killed off at the end that those points could have come up in a fourth book. For example, the power play going on between America and King Clarkson was a really interesting point of the story. I loved watching America defy him. I feared for her when she made him angry, and I was excited to see what he would throw at her next. I would have loved to have read a fourth book seeing America find her place within the castle as the princess, trying to support Maxon, and dealing with conflict between her and the king. Also, I disliked that the king and queen died off camera. I would have liked it better if we had seen those deaths. It would have made them more meaningful and poignant. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I loved this series and highly recommend it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
3.5 Stars. I enjoyed the dark imagery and scary moments of this book. There were also some interesting philosophical questions that the book raised ab3.5 Stars. I enjoyed the dark imagery and scary moments of this book. There were also some interesting philosophical questions that the book raised about religion and being open minded, which I liked. And, most of all I enjoyed seeing Defiance’s character grow and watching her start to open her mind and question all the things her “church” had taught her.
However, there were places where the plot dragged a bit, and the pacing felt off. I think if the first book had been combined with this one, and the author had cut a few things that it would have had a better flow.
Like in the first book there were a few contradictions that took me out of the story. For example they’re taught to lie in school, but lying to a high priest is a bad thing. Also Defiance seemed to have never seen windows before, but I thought I remembered her climbing back into her orphanage through a window in the first book. Also there’s a mention of using gas from old cars in the desert, but considering this is supposed to take place hundreds of years after the apocalypse, the gas shouldn’t be good anymore. They were just little annoyances, but they pulled me out of the story.
The biggest problem I had, was that I just didn’t feel drawn in to the budding romance between Defiance and Uriel. I could kind of understand Defiance having a bit of a crush on Uriel, but there’s so little we actually know about him that I had a hard time connecting to him as a love interest for her. As a protector and an Angel, he’s written perfectly, but I think he maybe didn’t seem human enough for me to believe that there could be a relationship between the two of them.
That said, I did love the ending, and how much Defiance was actually involved in saving the day. It felt like her learning about her gift was building up to that moment, and it finished the story off in a great way.
I found this book well written and filled with beautiful imagery. It was darker than most YA I’ve read, but in a way that fit the story. It has some tI found this book well written and filled with beautiful imagery. It was darker than most YA I’ve read, but in a way that fit the story. It has some truly dark dystopian elements that wouldn’t have worked if they’d been taken more lightheartedly, so I appreciated the author taking the story to the places it needed to go. Parts were honestly scary, but each scene had a purpose.
This book has a really interesting religious element. It takes place in a dystopian world where demons have taken over the earth and the surviving humans all worship Satan. So much time has passed that living under the satanic church’s rule is all they’ve ever known. It took a little time to completely understand why the world was the way it was, but the pieces came together at a nice pace. It was interesting hearing the biblical stories I knew well from a demon’s perspective, and it was all written in a way that made it easy to understand why the people lived the way they did.
As for the main character I didn’t like Defiance’s name it just felt a little too obvious, especially when I loved the names of the other characters. It felt like the author put some thought into naming her characters and the places they visited. I did, however, like Defiance’s character. She’s trying to make her way in a world that doesn’t offer her many choices. She’s a little rebellious, but she has a big heart. I enjoyed watching her character develop and seeing her start to question all of the things she’d been taught growing up.
I also really liked Uriel and the comradely between him and Defiance, however I didn’t quite feel the chemistry between them. Near the end of the book, when they start to get to know one another better they felt closer, but for most the book it felt like they had more of a mentor/mentee type relationship. During the moments when they’re put in more romantic situations it just didn’t quite feel right to me, and considering Uriel is an archangel there was something that felt off about him kissing Defiance, especially when she still openly worshiped Satan. I hope with the second book that their relationship will develop more.
My main complaint with this book, and why it lost a star for me, was that it felt short, and ended in a spot that made it feel incomplete. The beginning was great and there was plenty of mystery to fuel the story and keep the plot moving forward, however it didn’t end with the main character meeting any of her goals. (view spoiler)[Defiance and Uriel survive a fight, but they had set out to find the graves of the “Four Saints” and they don’t make it there. (hide spoiler)] Knowing this is a series, obviously the overall plot isn’t going to be resolved, but it felt too much like the story just cut off.
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I love stories about vampires and Captured had some new ideas that were interesting. I liked that this book had a dystopian feel to it. These characte I love stories about vampires and Captured had some new ideas that were interesting. I liked that this book had a dystopian feel to it. These characters lived in a world ruled by vampires with humans either living as servants, slaves or as a part of a rebel group in the woods. Also, Braith’s condition and why he was drawn to Aria were things I hadn’t seen before. However, when it came to the actual plot and characters of the book they just didn’t do anything for me. Honestly, this book didn’t feel like it had much of a plot at all, which it easily could have if the author hadn’t waited until the very end to introduce certain characters and facts.
The writing was wordy and there was a lot of telling. There were a number of scenes I wish I would have gotten the chance to see, like when Aria saves a young boy in the beginning of the book. It seemed liked an important moment, one that set the plot of the book in motion, and yet we’re only told about it. As the book continued I noticed less of its wordiness, but I continued to crave more description.
Aria herself had an interesting backstory, one that made her sound liked a strong female lead, however, she didn’t actually come off that way. Anything strong about Aria was left in her backstory and the things we see her doing make it feel like she’s suffering from Stockholm syndrome. The few strong moments we actually see her have were mostly just her being stubborn.
Braith on the other hand, had a little mystery to him, but it felt liked the most redeeming quality about him was that he was good looking. Sure he didn't kill Aria, but he also had a reason not to. And, we’re told that he treats her better than other vampires treat their slaves, but we never see how other slaves are treated so we really can’t compare. It felt like he manipulated her, and she gave him way too much credit for just about everything he did. By the end of the book I still couldn’t understand why Aria liked him at all, nor why we were supposed to believe that Braith actually had feelings for her. It just felt like they never really got to know one another, and yet there was supposedly some kind of bond growing between them? At the end we’re supposed to believe that she needs him and can’t be without him and I just didn’t understand why. She even said she’d rather risk dying to stay with him and have her family think she’s dead instead of just going home. For a girl whose family was her entire life, who spent a good while at the beginning of the book talking about her twin brother and hating not being near him, well this just made her sound completely brainwashed.
As for the other characters, we barely see Max and Jerico/Jack is introduced at the very end. Most of the story is just Aria locked in her room. It felt liked she spent a lot of time not really doing anything, and there wasn’t much of a plot. Also, there was a big twist where Jerico actually knows Aria, but it doesn’t really work since we’re only told about it at the very end. Jerico/Jack’s name isn’t even mentioned until he just shows up. If we had seen Aria and Jack interacting in the beginning of the book I would have liked this better, and honestly it should have happened sooner as it was the only real plot element the book had.
By the end of the book I felt like I was forcing myself to read the last twenty percent. I will not continue with this series.
4.5 Stars. Living Dead in Dallas, like Dead until Dark is a fast paced story with an action packed plot. New supernatural creatures and elements are i4.5 Stars. Living Dead in Dallas, like Dead until Dark is a fast paced story with an action packed plot. New supernatural creatures and elements are introduced in this book, many of them much scarier than vampires. However, like the first book, what makes this story special is its characters who are each unique and well written. Even some of the bad guys have you rooting for them at one point or another.
As with the first book I love Sookie’s personality. She’s quirky and a little strange, but her oddities are endearing. Bill continues to have his secrets, but his relationship with Sookie grows in this book and despite the fact that he keeps things from her I enjoy seeing them together.
As for Sam however, I find I like him less and less as this series continues. He’s constantly pushing himself on Sookie, and it feels like he doesn’t respect her boundaries at all. However, there were some interesting developments in his storyline in this book that relate to his love life and I think it will be fun to see how that develops. The supernatural world Sookie was introduced to in the first book in this series is growing for everyone in Sookie's life, particularly Sam.
Eric continues to make his way deeper into Sookie’s life as well, but I don’t find his methods as disrespectful as Sam’s. He and Sookie have developed an interesting friendship, and I do enjoy watching them interact. However, sometimes I think Sookie lets him get closer to her than she should knowing that he has feelings for her. At a few different points in this book both she and Bill make you question just what exactly counts as cheating in their relationship.
Overall I enjoyed this book, and will probably continue with the series....more
4.5 Stars. The funny moments give this book bit of a chick-lit feel, but the vampires are real vampires, and written in a way that you can believe the4.5 Stars. The funny moments give this book bit of a chick-lit feel, but the vampires are real vampires, and written in a way that you can believe they exist in our world. I liked the level of believability Charlaine Harris achieved.
Though at first I hated her name, I liked Sookie’s personality. She was straightforward and honest. I enjoyed seeing her being both a strong female lead as well as being protected by the vampire Bill. It felt like there was a good balance between making her a strong woman and keeping her soft. She felt like a real woman. Sometimes, however, her blunt questions and the dialogue that followed felt a bit like an info-dump. In fact the dialogue in general is where this book lost me a little. The author certainly captured the feel of southern speech, but sometimes the dialogue felt strange. It didn’t always sound natural to me. The kids however did sound like kids, and I really appreciated that. Children’s dialogue can be hard to write and too often they end up sounding either like babies or full grown adults. The author did a good job of giving them believable and age appropriate voices.
As for the other characters, I found them deep and interesting, many of them colorful as well, including the vampires. The vampires in this book were not thinly drawn monsters. They were people, fully fleshed out people with problems and issues and personalities. I think that really added to the believability of the story.
This book also had some nice descriptions making it easy to visualize Sookie’s world. Overall I enjoyed this story, and will continue with the series.
4.5 Stars. All the things I wanted to see happen in this book happened, and it wrapped up the story well. Once again I felt Higgins did a good job bal4.5 Stars. All the things I wanted to see happen in this book happened, and it wrapped up the story well. Once again I felt Higgins did a good job balancing the religious aspects of this story with the rest of the plot and I was left with a satisfying conclusion.
All of the characters have come so far, their relationships have grown and each one is very different from the person they were in the first book. Anna is a leader now and she really runs the show in this book, as for the other Neph, they are all standing up for themselves and allow themselves to truly be independent from their fathers for the first time. There were some bitter sweet moments seeing all of these characters grow up.
I loved the chapter quotes. I felt they set up the coming scenes well, and I loved the overall storyline.
Kaidan and Anna do finally hook up in this book, however I felt a little disappointed with it. The first two books had some great steamy and angsty scenes, but then when we finally get to the big love scene in this book there's a decent amount of build up, but then a fade to black. I just wanted a little more.
As with the first two books there's a lot of planning and time the Nephs get to spend together, but also a good amount of action. I felt like Higgins stepped up the violence and fear just enough in this book, but she still left us with an overall happy ending, which I always enjoy. Still, there were more than a few parts that made me cry.
I picked this one up after having read “That Scoundrel Emile Dubois” as the two books are somewhat connected. There weren’t any vampires in this book,I picked this one up after having read “That Scoundrel Emile Dubois” as the two books are somewhat connected. There weren’t any vampires in this book, but I still enjoyed the writing style and the few mentioning’s of Emile. I don’t tend to read historical romances often and almost never spoofs, but I was in the mood for something different, and this turned out to be a very entertaining read. I liked how Elliot poked fun at the clichés of historical romances. The chapter titles made me laugh. They were these little parody’s which gave just enough lightness to the story without turning it into a joke.
When Isabella and Ravensdale start talking is really when this story picks up. They make a few unexpected agreements that create a fun balance between the lovestruck Ravensdale and practical, independent Isabella.
I loved Isabella. She was bold, smart, and had a good heart. I loved that she broke away from the stereotypical female image of the time. I do wish I had gotten to know a little more about her previous suitor. He’s mentioned a few times, but only really in passing. However, this was more of a curiosity as getting any more information on him wouldn’t really have done anything for the plot.
Ravensdale was a complex character. He’d been hurt and misjudged. He started out a little reserved, but falls for Isabella so fast. Instead of a young girl fawning over some guy you have Ravensdale who’s completely enamored with Isabella who, at times, couldn’t care less. I also liked that Ravensdale’s infatuation with Isabella is handled realistically. His love isn’t immediately returned, and you see how having this unrequited love does start to affect him. Isabella’s constant dismissal of his feelings changes him.
I also liked that Isabella liked Ravensdale better when he was being real instead of mushy. It showed how he was winning her over, not just that his words were winning her over. When she does fall for him it feels natural, even though he was a lovesick-fool.
When it comes to the plot there is a nice mystery woven through the story. As you’re reading about Ravensdale and Isabella you’re also being taken back in time to learn what brought Ravensdale to become Mr. Fox; how the once to-be earl became a highwayman. There’s a bit of a murder mystery hidden in the plot and Elliot keeps you guessing until the very end.
For someone who doesn’t read much historical romance, I was glad that while the language felt true to the time period it was written in a way that was easy to understand. You do kind of have to pay attention to the dates. Elliot moves around a little in time, but she does make it easy to know when things are happening if you’re paying attention. It took me a little while to get used to the flashbacks, but once I did they flowed well with the story. Some of the dream sequences felt unnecessary, but they were short and entertaining.
Overall this was a fun read, and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romance, or who are looking for a break from the YA genre.
I was instantly hooked by this story. The very first chapter sent chills through me, and I couldn’t help but be sucked into Harper’s life. You quicklyI was instantly hooked by this story. The very first chapter sent chills through me, and I couldn’t help but be sucked into Harper’s life. You quickly learn that Harper’s boyfriend has died and everyone thinks she killed him. From that point on you’re pulled into a dark mystery as Harper tries to find out what happened to Gavin. His death changes her and because of it Harper finds herself dragged into this paranormal world and a battle between good and evil.
As the story goes on there are a lot of guys introduced to Harper’s life, and I liked that I didn’t know who her love interest was going to be right away. All of the characters felt so real and were developed well that their relationships with Harper grew naturally. In a lot of YA it’s obvious who the love interest is from the very beginning and I liked that Naumann kept me guessing and made this more about who the characters were than just making it a love story.
When Derek is introduced I immediately wanted to see him and Harper together, but Harper isn’t over Gavin yet and there’s a lot of great tension between them. As for Leo, you kind of love to hate him. At first I really wanted Harper to fall for Dex, but as the story went on I kind of wanted to see Leo redeem himself too. There is a little bit of a triangle that develops between Dex, Harper and Leo, but it was done in a way where I didn’t feel like Harper was being wishy-washy.
This book was full of twists and turns. As soon as I thought I knew what direction it was going in, things would change and nothing would be what I expected, and the ending was just awesome. There are a number of bitter-sweet moments that will pull at your heartstrings. And, while I would love to see a sequel, things do get wrapped up well in the end.
This book had scary moment and sweet ones as well. All together it was an exciting and entertaining read.
3.75 Stars. I really loved the characters in this book. Ana was easy to relate to, and Zig was a lot of fun. He was snarky and witty and I loved every3.75 Stars. I really loved the characters in this book. Ana was easy to relate to, and Zig was a lot of fun. He was snarky and witty and I loved every scene he was in. Everyone felt like they had their own individual personality and were well written. There was also some really beautiful imagery. I loved the way the souls were described.
It did take me a little while to get in to this story, but after a few chapters I started to get sucked in. I also liked that the author did some different things with this book than I'm used to reading in YA. It was refreshing to see a protagonist that wasn't white, and to be immersed in a setting outside of the US.
I liked that at the core of this story it was about Ana and her friends and family. It was about growing up and growing apart from the people and places you used to be close to. This book isn’t a romance novel. It’s not a love story. There is some romance between Ana and Rolf, and some really interesting sexual tension between Ana and Zig, but this story isn’t about some mystery guy that swoops in to whisk the lead female off her feet. Although the ending does set up an interesting scenario for Ana's future love life.
I really liked the story, watching Ana reap souls and meet all these strange creatures from the underworld. But, I didn’t always understand Ana’s decisions. She puts herself in a few dangerous situations when it didn’t really feel like she had to. There’s a few situations that don’t seem desperate enough for her to make the choices that she does. And, Ana is a little too dense when it comes to her boyfriend Rolf. It’s obvious that she loves him but when strange things started happening, I don’t understand why she didn’t talk to Ernest (Grim) or Zig about them, and she stayed overly trusting of him when it’s obvious she shouldn’t be. Also, I wanted to see more of Ana’s trips with Ernest and her learning to be a reaper. I wanted a little more background on this trade she was learning and the underworld.
This book is definitely setting up for a series, and I would be interested in knowing how the story continues, but as it sits the ending feels a little anticlimactic. There are a few different things that get resolved, but this book sets up a lot and there’s a lot to wonder about once it’s over. It just doesn’t feel like it ends in the right spot.
Overall this was a fun read, and I will consider continuing this series in the future.