In Touch of Frost you hear Gwen say a lot, I have more questions than I do answers. This is how I felt about the beginning of the book. Just within thIn Touch of Frost you hear Gwen say a lot, I have more questions than I do answers. This is how I felt about the beginning of the book. Just within the first chapter I was slightly confused and had questions. You meet our main character Gwen, known a lot through the book as “Gypsy Girl.” You also meet Daphne, mean girl with hot pink sparks coming out of her fingers. Daphne is a valkyrie and I honestly had no idea what that was. This was really my only complaint about the book, but really it was my fault for not being more knowledgeable about Norse Mythology. Not everyone would know the meaning and taking the time to figure it out wasn’t difficult. Later on in the book it does explain about who the valkyrie are. I just wanted to know immediately who they were, I do well with being (im)patient, right?
So what is a Valkyrie? “In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is one in a group of female figures who decides which people will fall and die in battle. The valkyries bring their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin.” –Quoted from Wiki
The story started off slow, but I enjoyed that pace because you knew something exciting was about to happen. It kept me turning the pages to figure out what would happen next. This book was filled with more mystery than I had expected. When Jasmine is murdered in the library and Gwen is spared, she instantly starts to hunt for what really happened. That’s when the fun begins.
I like that Mythos Academy was not your typical witches and wizards academy. The mythology part in this book was remarkable. I learned about some tales in mythology I didn’t even know about. Most books that have references to mythology keep it to the most known tales. This one was stimulating for the mind, getting to learn about Loki, Nike, and the Bowl of Tears. The school is full of Valkyries, Amazons, Vikings, Spartans and many more.
Gwen is just a simple gypsy, so it seems to her. She has a gift of touching an item that belongs to someone and seeing and feeling reminisce of who has touched it. Gwen is the outcast at school and seems happy at first to be that way. You can tell she wants more, but being the only gypsy with not the riches and power like the warriors in training doesn’t go in her favor. I feel like this whole book was about Gwen trying to figure out who she was. All she wanted was answers, not just about Jasmine, but also herself as well. And she slowly started to get them throughout the story.
Logan was an interesting love interest I must say. He was the typical ladies man, yet Gwen had feelings for him. I like that he was a rough Spartan and enjoyed the witty banter he has with Gwen. He seemed to always be there for her in times of need. I am not sure why he pushed her away when she admitted her feelings, but hopefully the next book will go more in depth with that.
The ending was intense and full of action. Things happened that I did not see coming. When Gwen finds out who she truly is and the meaning of why she was at an academy with a bunch of warriors, it was like a sigh of relief for me. I wanted so badly for Gwen to have such incredible purpose and not just be the “gypsy girl” anymore. I am so stoked for the next book and to see what happens next in the Mythos Academy series. ...more
Dark Inside was one of my worst nightmares come to life. It was recommended to me by a friend, who knows I don’t like post apocalyptic type books. SheDark Inside was one of my worst nightmares come to life. It was recommended to me by a friend, who knows I don’t like post apocalyptic type books. She said it was a must read, so I thought why not, I will only have nightmares for weeks. The reason this book scared me was not because it’s a horror or thriller, but the actual thoughts it puts in your head if a situation like this really happened. How would I react? Would I be brave or would I be a coward? Would the darkness consume me? The thing is you wouldn’t really know how you would react unless it was happening.
Dark Inside is about a world were madness has broken out. Natural disasters of major earth quakes and people doing terrorist like acts. The people enveloped in the darkness going mad and doing brutal things, even to people they love. It was just pure mayhem and chaos. This book reminded me of the movie Crazies, just way better because there wasn’t a true reason for why things were happening. I like that the darkness isn’t really blamed on one thing. They bring up multiple questions and factors of why it was happening. My thoughts are in a way the book was telling us we brought it on ourselves. We follow four perspectives in this book, five if you consider nothing.
Mason, oh poor mason. I felt bad for him. It seemed like his life was already crumbling apart and the darkness just made it worse. It is like that saying, “It can’t get any worse” and it just keeps going downhill for him. I feel like there were times he just wanted to give up, but his strength was amazing. He hung on by the nails and kept going. Some of the secondary characters we meet with him are twiggy and chickadee. I loved chickadee and I really wanted more for her and Mason, but the world they are living in can have a cruel twist for fate. Aries was probably my favorite character. You could tell she was scared shitless and yet still managed to lead a group and try to keep them alive. I feel like her story besides Mason had more depth. There was more involvement with other characters and the plot was more realistic for me. I don’t know how she dealt with Colin and I guess that makes her a better person because I would have left him in the beginning of the book. Colin just reeks of bad news. She is a fighter and I love that about her. The only thing I didn’t like about her was she followed the advice of a stranger, though it kept her alive it didn’t seem real. Though if Daniel was the stranger giving me advice I would have probably done the same. Who doesn’t like a dark and mysterious guy that knows how to save the day, literally?
Then there was Clementine. She reminded me of the typical all American girl. She left her hometown and went on a blind hunt for her brother. I liked the moments when she would “speak” to her brother and I think those little thoughts helped her. She was constantly scared and you could feel her fear come through the pages. You see her fight hard with baggers and run for her life to find her brother. She barely slept for the fear of something happening. I don’t want to say she was in denial, but I think a false hope kept her moving forward. Michael was the person I related with the least. He seemed like a strong character at first, but he became weak for me. I feel like you could have almost taken him out of the book and it still would have been an amazing book. The only thing I really liked about him is that he gives comfort to Clementine. I also liked that he brought in the term “baggers”, which is what they called the people that have been drawn to the darkness.
Nothing, who are you? I feel like I might know, but I don’t want to spoil it. Hopefully we will get to officially meet you in the next book.
Dark inside made me laugh, cry and get completely frustrated. It makes you constantly question everything. The writing was vivid and detailed. The scenes came to life on the page. You could smell the smoke and the rotting bodies. You could feel the sand squish between your toes and the rain chill your bones. Every emotion a character felt, you were right there with them feeling it too. Dark inside kept me up till early in the morning to finish and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Thank you Jeyn Roberts for writing an amazing book and giving me terrifying nightmares for days. I enjoyed everything about this book and I think I am officially a fan of books making the world come to its end. (Even if they will forever scare me.) ...more
The Vampire Stalker was a very fast read for me. Just short of 300 pages it is jammed pack with romance and action. The idea of this book is just pureThe Vampire Stalker was a very fast read for me. Just short of 300 pages it is jammed pack with romance and action. The idea of this book is just pure brilliance. Who wouldn’t want to meet their favorite fictional character? Even better get the chance to fall in love with them. The Vampire Stalker is a sweet, simple, and adorable book.
Amy was such a relatable character for me. She is just your every day typical teenage book nerd. Her favorite series has a fictional character that she is deeply crushing on. I can’t tell you how many characters I have developed crushes on while reading the book. Of course they never became reality for me, but hey a girl can dream. Alexander was intriguing to me. Being put in a modern world he adapted quite well. It was interesting to see a character as strong as him to feel that he didn’t deserve to be loved. I was happy that he could truly find happiness.
The love story between Amy and Alexander was cute but very predictable. I love happily ever after though so it was fine for me. I have to admit at first it wasn’t realistic for me. With Amy already in love with Alexander as a character, I didn’t think it was right to love him when he became real person. The story had the perfect way of working through this. I do think the love was a little rushed into, but it was genuinely sweet to see.
I thought it was fascinating that Otherworld was a mirror image of Chicago. The difference though is that Otherworld is filled with vampires and very much pre dated. It showed what the world would have been like with vampires existing in our world today. It was surprising to see how advanced our world was compared to Otherworld. I love the reactions Alexander has to all the technology.
It was so unique how the Otherworld books came to be by the author. It was a little over my head at first with all the talking about string theory and literary physics, but it was so neat. I love seeing original ideas in books. Plus why couldn’t I have a young hip librarian when I was younger? All the secondary characters were likeable which is strange for me. I normally have someone I don’t like in a book. If I had to choose anyone, maybe Amy’s sister wasn’t that likable, but by the end of the book she grew on you. I think the villain, Vigo, was funny actually. I mean could you imagine walking around in a world that doesn’t believe your kind exists and there is someone giving your secrets away. I would be pissed if I was Vigo. I like how the city handles his “killings.” It was all just funny to me.
As for now there is not a sequel, but I do hope one is written. Though the book had a great ending, this is the kind of book you want to know more about the story and characters. What will happen next for them? I wonder what will happen in Otherworld. Will James and Hannah be able to bring peace? I also want to get to know James more since you only see him for a short while in the book. ...more
This book started with two famous words, F*ck You. So to sum up this book in only two words: Oddly Interesting. This was my first time reading a drug This book started with two famous words, F*ck You. So to sum up this book in only two words: Oddly Interesting. This was my first time reading a drug cartel,"shoot em up" action book. The reason I picked up this book was because I saw the trailer for the movie coming out in July. The writing style was unique. You weren't reading from someones perspective, it was as if you were watching the scenes happen. You got to peep into their lives from an outside view. They also would switch to screenplay writing for certain scenes.
The characters were likable and very detailed to the point that you felt like you knew them in person.The three main characters in the book were O, Chon, and Ben. O or Ophelia is our main person that we see the most in the book.All she cares about is sex, shopping, and drugs. Her nickname "O" came from, you guessed it, orgasms (multiple). She has two men in her life, who are best friends, and they seem okay with sharing her. Her mother is a nut that likes to pick up new hobbies and new husbands. Chon is the man all about action. I think with him going to war it messed up his head. He always has a fighter "kill or be killed" mentality. Ben is the reason they are tied up in the drug business. With the best chronic on the west coast you can understand why the drug cartel wants to do business with him. Ben isn't one of those sleazy drug lords though, he likes to do good things with the money he makes like helping third world countries. There is some strong sexual content between the characters, but not to the point of being to much. With the way the book is written the scenes are not very detailed. It happens so fast that you kind of think, "Did that just happen?"
I didn't have high expectations going into this book because I wasn't sure what I would get from it. I like the lingo that O comes up with. I am guessing this how they speak on the west coast and just reminded me of lazy surfer talk, always shorting words. My favorite is PAQU, which is what O calls her mom, Passive Aggressive Queen of the Universe. I loved that the drug cartel in this book was ran by a woman. You normally see some Godfather wannabe, but to see a woman was very refreshing.She was one tough cookie don't get me wrong, but it was interesting to see her soft side. All she wanted was love and to provide for her family. One of her hit men Lado "The Cold One" just completely disgusted me. I see how he could be described as the man with no soul. The things he does are slightly horrific and I guess if anything he would be the bad guy in this book.
A few things I didn't like about the book was when O gets kidnapped because Ben and Chon won't have anything to do with the cartel. At first it seemed like a normal hostage situation, but when they come to a certain agreement, it had more of a "sleepover" aspect. O would veg out and watch reality TV all day with her guard. Also the book did not go into much depth, but I guess having very descriptive characters helped. Also the book wasn't as action packed as I thought it would be.
The ending was very sad for me. The book had been compared to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and there was even references in the book about it. So I knew it probably wasn't going to end well, but I never expected the actually ending to be the way it was. I felt like it could have been prevented, but Ben and Chon made some not so smart decisions. I guess I just didn't get justice or feel satisfied with it. The ending was so fast and rushed through that I literally said out loud "that's it!?" Even though the book had its ups and downs I still want to see the movie. I hope you enjoy this Oddly Interesting book. ...more
This series is one I can already tell will be hard to review. It is one of my favorite young adult series and I could sit here all day and say, “AmaziThis series is one I can already tell will be hard to review. It is one of my favorite young adult series and I could sit here all day and say, “Amazing, Mysterious, Must Read!”
The setting of the school down in Georgia made me feel right at home. I loved that the school was ever changing. The way you perceive it was the way you saw it and it was interesting to watch it change through Sophie’s eyes. The school was made for paranormals or as known in the book Prodigium. It specialized with werewolves, fairies and witches.
I loved the mystery aspect of Hex Hall. Though the funny parts kept me reading, the mystery had me turning the pages to figure out what happens next. Though the school is preparing against this society that want them extinct, there is a surprise element that added to the mystery. Even if it was slightly predictable, I was still turning the pages to see how things played out.
I love Sophie’s character. She is just a fantastic main character for me. I loved her personality and that the book had this funny, snarky side because of it. Her interactions with Jenna and even Archer were hilarious. Sophie’s reason of being sent to Hex Hall was hysterical. I like that she had a little bit of Nancy Drew in her and she was constantly trying to figure out what is happening. I like that you really start to see her character grow through Hex Hall. She makes mistakes, but takes her punishments and learns from them. I think with every obstacle and startling discovery that is thrown her way, Sophie handles things very well. When things are revealed at the end about Sophie and what she is I thought all hell would break loose, which it kind of did, but she accepted it well. Her family history was pretty interesting and it was intriguing what a role it played in her life. The book leaves you with Sophie thinking she has her mind made up on an important decision and I can’t wait to see how things will play out.
Oh Archer, how I love to hate you. He is luscious and revolting all at the same time. In the beginning of Hex Hall he was the typical hot shot, cocky boy that had the perfect girlfriend. As you get to know him though, you really do fall for him like Sophie did. What happens with him had me gasping and I couldn’t fathom how things turned out in the end. I am still a little stunned about Archer and can’t wait to see what happens in Demonglass.
Even though Cal isn’t a big part of the book I really liked his character. He was sweet and charming. I loved how he could express himself with just a simple nod or look. Jenna can be my roommate any day. I love her pink obsessed crazy attitude. She was the perfect offset for Sophie and their characters meshed together nicely. I sympathized with her and I realized getting deeper into the book she just wants to be treated like a normal teenager.
This society that is after the Prodigium was appalling to me. I don’t understand why just because they don’t like paranormals they have to destroy them. It can really show you how closed minded people can be about anything.
The ending was pretty insane. Rachel Hawkins wasn’t afraid to add a little action and having you tear through the pages to figure out what happens. I really didn’t think things would play out the way they did. I can’t wait to see what adventure or mishap Sophie gets into next in Demonglass. ...more
While Hex Hall makes you fall in love with the series, Demonglass throws you into an action packed ride full of mystery and romance. I stayed up lateWhile Hex Hall makes you fall in love with the series, Demonglass throws you into an action packed ride full of mystery and romance. I stayed up late to finish this one and was left disappointed, in a good way. The ending will have part of you sitting there with a lump in your throat and slightly gut wrenched. While the other part, is trying to pull the pages apart because you can’t believe it ended on such a monumental part of the book.
Sophie had a lot going on in Demonglass. In the end of Hex Hall I thought she had her mind made up. I think getting away from Hex Hall really gave her a chance to grow and see what being a Prodigium is really like. I think she has a lot to learn still and needs to overcome a lot of obstacles. The ending leaves her in a vulnerable place, but I hope she will be able to overcome it.
Though I missed having Hex Hall as the setting, it was fun to be in a new location. I really liked the new setting of Thorne Abbey. It was a place that you could literally get lost in.
I think the characters had a lot of growth in Demonglass. While some character development went in a positive way others left me shocked with their actions. Jenna went from wanting to be anything but a vampire and really accepted who she was. Cal really opened up in this book which surprised me. I liked that he started to show emotion and could even joke around a little. I like the part that Elodie plays. I didn’t expect her to come back and be a part of Demonglass.
Archer still has me discombobulated. In Hex Hall he had me loving to hate him, but in Demonglass he had me in a hot mess of emotions. I like that a lot of truth and answers were revealed in this book. It made me really start to understand where Archer was coming from. In the beginning of Demonglass I thought he was up to his old ways again. But by the time you get those certain secrets revealed he grows on you. Yes, I said it, Archer grew on me.
This is one book were I do enjoy the love triangle. Some books the love triangle is pointless because you usually know one of them won’t have a chance. With Sophie you can see her going either way. I think, yes it is obvious who she would pick, but it is not like the other guy didn’t have a chance.
There are some new characters in Demonglass as well as Sophie’s dad finally making an appearance. Sophie’s dad, though I think he had the best intentions, came off a little over bearing. I mean he just came back into her life and he was bossing her around. Nick and Daisy were interesting to say the least. I almost felt sorry for them and what they have to go through. They are definitely bizarre, but they add to the fun and chaos of Demonglass.
It seemed like until the end, The Eye was sort of on the back burner and Sophie of course was trying to solve a new mystery. The new mystery was intriguing. You learn from the first book, Hex Hall, that it is possible to raise demons. In Demonglass it is all about finding why and who would do this. It was astonishing when you do find out in the conclusion. Make sure you have Spell Bound close because after you read Demonglass you will instantly want to pick it up and see what happens next....more
I was instantly in love with the cover. I was at the bookstore and it caught my eye with the pretty purple tones and gold trimming. On further inspectI was instantly in love with the cover. I was at the bookstore and it caught my eye with the pretty purple tones and gold trimming. On further inspection of reading the synopsis, I realized not only did it have this beautiful cover but sounded like a very good read. Not until I started reading this did I realize it was set in the late 1800s. I probably should have realized it with the summary saying “lord” and “cobblestone” but it was over my head.
Darker Still is pretty much about obsession and love. The obsession towards a painting was a little odd for me. I kept thinking of Dorian Gray and when I read the authors acknowledgements, I wonder if that was the angle she was going for. I loved that the book had things about art and such rich detailing about Manhattan in the 1800s. I was surprised to see small amounts of magic in this book. I thought it was going to be more of a historical fiction with romance.
Though the book started off a little slow for me, it was surprisingly a really good book. Natalie, the main character, has just come home from a boarding school. You learn about the trials she is dealing with early on in the book and I felt very sympathetic for her. Being put in her situation I don’t know how I would have reacted. Lord Denbury being trapped in a painting was an interesting love interest for me. I didn’t like that they instantly fell in love, but in a way I can understand. Natalie is able to do things in the painting that she can’t in real life and Lord Denbury is only able to interact with Natalie.
The book was written in a journal form and I enjoyed the little blurbs from the people who had it. I can’t say who had it because that would be a spoiler, but it was interesting to see. Even from the first page you are wondering what will happen with the story. The mystery in the book was intense and I would keep reading just to see what happened next. With most books I can usually figure out what is going to happen, but the only thing I guessed right about this book was the love story part.
Darker Still was gritty at times and I think that really balanced out nicely with the romance. I was glad to see a book get dark and not be afraid to go to that gritty side. I have to admit the dream scenes in this book were probably the coolest thing. They were creepy and very sweet all in one. I think the only complaint I have is about the curse keeping Lord Denbury in the painting. I didn’t really understand why they used so many myth and religion factors. Though it kept the puzzle of the curse interesting, I wish they had stuck to one thing.
It was great book full of romance, mystery and curses. I am excited to read the next in the series and see what happens next. I think the way the book ended left a lot of possibilities for the next book. I can only hope it means a true happily ever after and more exciting adventures....more